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Colts 2015 Player Preview: Running Back Josh Robinson

The Indianapolis Colts will report to training camp on August 1 with a 90-man roster, and we'll be taking a look at every single player on the roster (though it obviously will change some) as we approach camp. Today, we look at running back Josh Robinson.

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The Indianapolis Colts entered the 2015 NFL Draft with running back as one of their positions of need, as they needed to grab a younger back who could develop behind Frank Gore.  The team waited until the sixth round to draft that running back, but they picked a player who will be an exciting one to watch moving forward in Josh Robinson.

The 5-8, 217 pound back out of Mississippi State had a good season as the starter in 2014, rushing for 1,203 yards and 11 touchdowns, racking up 1,573 all-purpose yards, which was the second-highest total in school history.  In his career at Mississippi State, Robinson appeared in 38 games (starting 13), recorded five 100-yard rushing games and one 100-yard receiving game, and tied a school record by averaging 6.2 yards per carry.

Robinson is a tough runner, earning the nickname "bowling ball" while in college, and is capable in the passing game as well as both a receiver and a blocker.  It's unlikely that he'll ever be the primary back for an NFL offense, but he could be a guy who contributes consistently as part of a two-back system - something the Colts like to run and something that is becoming more and more common in today's NFL.

It's likely that Robinson will make the team this year and will continue to work, as veteran Frank Gore is a good one to learn behind and watch.  Boom Herron is likely to retain his spot as the team's number two running back, but after Boom, Robinson could be in line to earn the third back spot and even see some time in the offense in 2015.  He will be competing with Herron, Vick Ballard, and Zurlon Tipton, but there's a lot to like about Josh Robinson moving forward, and he'll be an interesting player to watch with the Colts.