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Three fighting over Colts backup running back job

Things are already getting interesting over in Terre Haute, IN as there’s a spirited battle going on over the coveted backup role behind Colts running back Joseph Addai.  The players in question:  second-year pro DeDe Dorsey, Harvard rookie Clifton Dawson and former CFL RB Kenton Keith.  So far this preseason, the results have been mixed. 

Last Thursday against Dallas, Dorsey carried the ball six times for 15 yards.  Dawson didn’t do much better, gaining 8 yards on 4 carries.  Keith didn’t play due to an injury to his ankle (bone spur).  Which makes this RB battle all the more interesting.  What we have here are 3 RB’s who have a grand total of ZERO carries in the NFL to date.  While that may or may not mean a heck of a lot right now, one of them will have to step it up a notch to nab the #2 spot behind Addai.

If no one stands out, this will make deciding who the #2 RB behind Addai all that more difficult, not to mention that it will more than likely put even more pressure on quarterback Peyton Manning (like he has enough on him already).  Assuming that things sort themselves out, the Colts will probably keep 3 RB’s.  My best guess will be that they keep Addai, Dorsey, and Dawson.  Dawson was on special teams for the most part last season, so that alone gives him a slight advantage.  But Keith has a couple weeks to make some noise, so you never know.  But as of right now until things change, I think the aforementioned three RB’s will stick with the Colts.

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