It has been many years since the Colts have had a bowling ball in the backfield like fourth-round RB Delone Carter. At 5-8 and 222 pounds, Carter looks the part of a guy who can move the pile and move the chains in short-yardage situations — an area where the Colts have struggled in recent years.
Carter played his collegiate ball at Syracuse, piling up more than 2,200 rushing yards and 20 TDs in his final two seasons. He was arrested his senior season for misdemeanor assault, but the Colts, after doing extensive research on Carter's background, felt comfortable that it was a one-time incident and not a reflection of his character. Our sources indicate that Carter did not start the fight but finished it, which is not necessarily the worst thing as long as it's an isolated incident.
With Carter now in the mix, we hear fan favorite Mike Hart could be the odd man out of the backfield. Hart was the guy whom the club previously called on to churn out the tough yards but he has struggled to stay healthy and, at 5-9, 206 pounds, is not as powerful as Carter. Second-year player Javarris James, who led the Colts in rushing TDs last season, also could be on the way out, with Donald Brown returning and the Colts expected to try and re-sign Joseph Addai.