Colt Scout: New RB Tony Hollings

Tony Hollings (Getty)

The Colts added former Texans and Bears running back Tony Hollings to the roster and waived/injured Vashon Pearson. Jerry Langton provides you with his insight on Hollings and how he fits into the Colts' plans for 2006.

Tony Hollings, RB
Georgia Tech

Numbers:
5106/217 pounds/4.41 forty-speed

2005 stats: 2-46-0 kickoff returns
The player: If it wasn't for a continuous series of prolonged injuries, Hollings would probably be some team's primary running back -- or at least a frequently used No. 2. A former safety the Yellow Jackets moved to halfback after they saw how he ran in drills, Hollings quickly developed into a premier college back, rushing for 633 yards and 11 touchdowns on 92 carries in just four games. The rest of his junior season was lost to a terrifying ACL injury. He decided to come out after that and was scooped up by the Texans in the supplemental draft for a second-round pick.

Despite a few cracks at the starting job, Hollings was never healthy enough to wrest much playing time from Domanick Davis and rushed for just 149 yards in 23 career games in Houston. If he can regain his college form, he's a speedy one-cut runner with excellent vision. When healthy, Hollings' best quality has been his strength. He can plow through defenders far better than much bigger backs and could make an ideal short-yardage specialist. He's only so-so as a receiver, though he has potential, and his blocking is only theoretical. The conventional wisdom on Hollings, though, is that he's just been injured too many times and too severely to ever recapture his old form.

How he fits: While Dominic Rhodes and Joseph Addai will compete for the job as the No. 1 back, and James Mungro and Kory Chapman will fight for the scraps, Hollings could be a surprise if he proves he still has some speed and power in his patched-together legs. He certainly didn't impress the Bears, who cut him just before he signed with Indy, but he does have some experience as a returns man and is a better-than-average special-teams tackler.

Who He Reminds Me Of: Mewelde Moore, Vikings

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