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Trent Richardson | Running Back

Team: Indianapolis Colts
Age / DOB:  (24) / 7/10/1990
Ht / Wt:  5'9' / 225
College: Alabama
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Colts coach Chuck Pagano "fully expect(s)" Trent Richardson "to have a great year."
The story the Colts are selling is that T-Rich's 2013 struggles were primarily due to their in-season trade for him, forcing Richardson to learn an offense on the fly and never establishing a comfort zone. "Coming in under the circumstances which he did would be tough on anybody," said Pagano. "Certainly having a year under his belt and a full offseason ... he's put the time in and has a better understanding of the offense." Fantasy owners seem to be buying the Richardson kool-aid; his Average Draft Position has reached the fifth round. Jul 18 - 3:56 PM
Source: USA Today

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Trent Richardson will open camp as the starting running back.

He may be on a short leash, but the Colts obviously aren't going to give up on Richardson even though he averaged 2.91 YPC in 14 games for them last year. They traded a first-round pick for him. Richardson will be given every chance to succeed, with Ahmad Bradshaw and Vick Ballard waiting in the wings.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 17 - 10:45 AM

ESPN Colts reporter Mike Wells believes Trent Richardson will not be given a long leash by the team if he doesn't produce quickly this season.

Wells calls it "unlikely" the Colts would "wait for him to get going" if Ahmad Bradshaw and Vick Ballard show well early, either in training camp, the preseason, or regular season games. With two weeks before camp opens, T-Rich's fantasy Average Draft Position has settled into the middle of round five. He's going ahead of Ben Tate, Joique Bell, Stevan Ridley, and Steven Jackson.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 11 - 3:20 PM

Colts coaches say Trent Richardson is now relying more on his instincts when running instead of thinking it through.

Obviously, the Colts are going to try to grasp at any excuse for Richardson's awful performance following last year's trade. But hesitancy to hit the hole and a lack of vision were certainly glaring issues as he averaged a humiliating 2.91 YPC in Indy. Gaining more comfort in the scheme and letting his natural talent take over should produce results for Richardson, who will head to camp with his nose in front of Ahmad Bradshaw and Vick Ballard. Note that Marshawn Lynch didn't clear 100 yards until his 19th game with Seattle after getting traded out of Buffalo during the 2010 season. T-Rich is still only entering his age-23 season.
Jun 23 - 9:28 AM

Trent Richardson said he's back down to 225 pounds after ballooning to 240 after his postseason shoulder surgery.

Richardson's cardio regiment was limited after his January scope, and he admits he "ate well." He's now back down to his normal playing weight, but we'd love to see him shed even more pounds. Richardson's burst was noticeably brutal during his 2013 campaign. He'll be among the players we're watching closest during preseason action.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 5 - 10:18 AM

Trent Richardson is getting the bulk of first-team work at OTAs.

Ahmad Bradshaw (neck) and Vick Ballard (knee) are sitting out, but T-Rich would likely be handling the starter's work anyway. The Colts desperately need a rebound year after surrendering a first-round pick for him, and he desperately needs to wrap his head around the playbook after showing zero vision last year. It's worth noting that a powerful back with a similar top-tier pedigree, Marshawn Lynch, didn't clear 100 yards until his 19th game with Seattle after getting traded out of Buffalo. We want to see T-Rich run circles around Bradshaw and Ballard at camp first, but his current sixth-round ADP is intriguing.
Source: colts.com
Jun 4 - 8:43 AM

Trent Richardson says he's "knows" the Colts playbook now, as opposed to last year when he merely "remembered" it.

Richardson was traded to the Colts two games into last season. We'll accept that it's not an ideal situation, but he should have "known" the plays within a month or so. Richardson's excuses are going to fall on deaf ears until he proves last year was a fluke on the field. The first step will be soundly beating out Ahmad Bradshaw and Vick Ballard at training camp.
Source: colts.com
May 1 - 11:15 AM

After reviewing tape of his 2013 season, Trent Richardson said he was trying to do too much.

Richardson averaged 2.91 YPC in 14 games with the Colts. "You catch yourself trying to hit the home run when you haven't had the big runs yet," he said. "It's human. But you can't hit the home run. You have to set up your runs." We noticed T-Rich being overly hesitant and too slow to see holes, something that shows a lack of confidence. He must show improvement in preseason to separate from Ahmad Bradshaw and Vick Ballard.
Apr 24 - 8:30 AM

Coach Chuck Pagano stressed that it's "very, very important" for Trent Richardson to be present for the entire offseason program.

"It’s going to be very, very important for [Richardson] to be here for the offseason program and to dive into this thing full steam ahead, which he will," Pagano said. "We look for him to have a great offseason and to have a great 2014 campaign." The Colts are comfortable with Richardson atop the depth chart, but the leash shouldn't be long if Richardson can't prove his 2013 was a mirage.
Source: colts.com
Apr 18 - 11:37 AM

ESPN's Mike Wells believe the Colts are comfortable going into the season with Trent Richardson, Vick Ballard, and Ahmad Bradshaw as the top three running backs on the depth chart.

That comfort is misplaced. Richardson was downright awful in Indy last season, gaining two yards or fewer on 101 of his 188 carries. Ahmad Bradshaw is a walking injury coming off neck surgery, and Vick Ballard is coming off an ACL tear suffered Week 1 of last season. The Colts have also yet to properly address the interior line problems that plagued their running game last season. Unless a few players step up, the lion's share of the offensive load will likely fall on Andrew Luck's shoulders again in 2014.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 12 - 1:42 PM

Trent Richardson rushed for two yards or fewer on 101 of his 188 carries last season, and was stopped for a loss or no gain 41 times.

That means T-Rich failed to surpass two yards on 53.7 percent of his carries, and was stopped for a loss or no gain 21.8 percent of the time. The numbers encapsulate the true miserableness of Richardson's sophomore campaign. A full breakdown of why Richardson flopped can be found in Patrick Daugherty's "What Went Wrong," accessible at the link below.
Feb 28 - 1:36 PM

Asked Friday if he would still make the Trent Richardson trade, Colts GM Ryan Grigson replied "yes."

Grigson obviously wouldn't say "no," but it's notable that he wasn't exactly effusive in his praise, offering up a one-word answer. Coming off one of the most disappointing seasons in recent memory, Richardson is now recovering from shoulder surgery. The bulky back admitted earlier this month that he still doesn't have a natural feel for the Colts' system. Once he gets healthy, T-Rich needs to put on a show in the Colts' offseason program. Despite all his problems, Richardson is still the heavy favorite to enter 2014 as Indy's No. 1 back.
Feb 21 - 1:40 PM

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports Trent Richardson underwent shoulder surgery following the Colts' Divisional Round loss, but that it was "only a scope."

Per RapSheet, the operation isn't expected to affect Richardson's status for OTAs. That's good news, as T-Rich admitted earlier this month that he still didn't have a feel for the Colts' system. T-Rich has suffered a number of nicks and bruises since being the No. 3 overall pick of the 2012 draft, but this is the first we've heard of his shoulder. It's just one more hurdle to clear as he looks to rebound from a monumentally-disappointing season. ESPN's Mike Wells expects the Colts' running-back competition to be "wide open."
Feb 20 - 4:03 PM

ESPN Colts reporter Mike Wells expects the team's running back position to be a "wide-open competition" for 2014.

Wells interestingly adds that he'd expect free agent Donald Brown, if re-signed, to enter training camp as Indy's No. 3 back behind Trent Richardson and Vick Ballard. If that's the case, we wouldn't anticipate Brown staying put. Despite T-Rich's 2013 struggles, the Colts will give him every opportunity to win the 2014 starting role after trading a first-round pick for him early last season.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 16 - 12:40 PM

Trent Richardson said his top priority this offseason is to learn the Colts' offensive system.

"Learn the system, not just memorizing it," Richardson said. "Learning the whole concept of the system. There's a difference between having it memorized and feeling comfortable with the system. I’m going talk to a lot of veteran players, talk to Adrian (Peterson), talk to (LaDainian Tomlinson), talk to Emmitt Smith to make sure I’m the best I need to be next year." Richardson stresses that he's highly motivated to "put on a big show every weekend." Richardson checked in at No. 78 overall in our own Evan Silva's post-season fantasy top 200 last week.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 5 - 4:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Andrew Luck
2Matt Hasselbeck
3Chandler Harnish
RB1Trent Richardson
2Ahmad Bradshaw
3Vick Ballard
4Chris Rainey
5Dan Herron
GLB1Trent Richardson
2Ahmad Bradshaw
3RB1Trent Richardson
2Ahmad Bradshaw
FB1Stanley Havili
2Mario Harvey
3Cameron White
WR11Reggie Wayne
2T.Y. Hilton
3Griff Whalen
4Josh Lenz
5Ryan Lankford
WR21Hakeem Nicks
2Da'Rick Rogers
3Donte Moncrief
4Eric Thomas
5Tony Washington
WR31T.Y. Hilton
TE1Dwayne Allen
2Coby Fleener
3Jack Doyle
4Weslye Saunders
5Erik Swoope
K1Adam Vinatieri
2Cody Parkey