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Donald Brown looked very good in the Colts' preseason opener, which only added to a hugely popular question: How will Indianapolis distribute the ball between its No. 1 pick in 2006, Joseph Addai, and their No. 1 pick from 2009, Brown?
Coach Jim Caldwell talked about Edgerrin James, Dominic Rhodes and Addai when he talked about how things will work at running back.
"Looking at our history [a two-back system] has always been part of what we've done," Caldwell said. "It's been really effective. We've had someone who could take a little bit of the load off of the guy who's carrying the ball the majority of the time. So when Edge was here, Dominic sort of helped Edge with that part of the game and also, obviously, Joseph and Dom teamed together and worked well. We anticipate the same thing will happen with the backs we have now."
Will there be a formula for touches?
"It depends, week to week, it depends on who you're facing, what type of defensive structure you have to deal with," Caldwell said. "So our strategy changes on that a bit, but one thing we do know for sure is there will be some kind of rotation."
Some teams will offer us a hint of their plans for the regular season with what they do in the preseason. The Colts aren't going to be one of them.
But I think it's a mistake to start making presumptions about how big a chunk of work Brown will take away from Addai. They'll both get work, but expect Addai to take the lead. We'll have to wait and see how things are doled out from there.