ColtPower has confirmed that LSU running back Joseph Addai isn't the only player visiting with the Colts early this week. The Colts are apparently looking to upgrade their returns game, having invited Stanford's T.J. Rushing in for a visit.
The Colts will likely need a new kickoff returns specialist with last year's specialist, Dominic Rhodes, heading into this year's training camp as their starting running back. Indianapolis won't be anxious to expose him to the rigors of running back kickoffs in 2006.
Rushing is a 5-foot-10, 175-pound speedster who really wowed scouts at his Pro Day by running a 4.37 forty-yard dash in wet conditions. He's earned All-Conference honors for the past two years as a returns specialist. A potential scoring threat every time he touches the ball, Rushing has scored three times on returns over the past two seasons, including twice as a senior. He averaged 26.7 yards per return last year on kickoff returns.
Here's a picture of him in action:
Rushing is also effective as a defender, using his speed to his advantage to cover the field against receivers. He also has the aggressive, more physical style of play that the Colts have gravitated towards with their recent secondary selections.
Rushing could make an immediate impact as a returns specialist for the Colts. And with the level of interest they are showing by hosting him for a visit, he could be a day two selection for Indianapolis.
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