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Trent Richardson | Running Back

Team: Indianapolis Colts
Age / DOB:  (23) / 7/10/1990
Ht / Wt:  5'9' / 225
College: Alabama
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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. Apr 18 - 11:37 AM
Source: colts.com

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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

Colts GM Ryan Grigson cited confidence as one of Trent Richardson's issues following his trade from the Browns.

"Showed some progress," Grigson said. "It's all about comfort level and confidence. We have patience. He's not going anywhere. We don't win 12 games if Trent Richardson isn't here. Trent fits all the things we're trying to do here. I know he's not satisfied. Glad he's not. But glad he's here. Happy with Trent." Richardson enters the offseason as the heavy favorite to start and carry the majority of the load for the Colts in 2014. Donald Brown is a free agent and likely won't be back. Richardson likely won't be drafted before the third or fourth round of fantasy drafts, but he could end up a steal if he figures things out.
Jan 16 - 2:31 PM

Trent Richardson rushed three times for one yard in Indianapolis' Divisional Round loss to the Patriots.

T-Rich wasn't targeted in the passing game. His rushes went for two, zero and -1 yards. It was a fittingly miserable capper to one of the most calamitous rushing campaigns in recent memory. T-Rich managed one total yard from scrimmage in two postseason games, and goes into the offseason the owner of a 2.91 YPC as a Colt. With his confidence shot, Richardson has begun to resemble Chris Johnson at the point of attack, opting for dance moves and hesitance over power and anger. The difference being, CJ2K still busts big plays. It's too early to throw in the towel on Richardson's career — just ask Cedric Benson — but he's certainly at a crossroads. He'll enter 2014 as a high-risk RB2. Thanks to Donald Brown's free agency and the first-round pick the Colts surrendered for him, Richardson should get every opportunity to earn No. 1 duties next season.
Jan 11 - 11:47 PM

OC Pep Hamilton said he won't hesitate to use Trent Richardson in Saturday's Divisional Round game at New England.

After losing a fumble on his first touch last week, Richardson didn't see the rock again. We already knew that he wasn't as effective as starter Donald Brown, and now we have to throw ball security concerns into the mix. Richardson is going to get some touches Saturday, but he'd be a low-upside flail in FanDuel formats.
Jan 9 - 11:15 AM

Trent Richardson touched the ball once in Indy's Wild Card win over the Chiefs, losing a fumble.

It was the latest nightmare chapter in Richardson's Colts career. Richardson got the ball on Indy's opening play of the second quarter. He danced around before committing one of the softest fumbles you will ever see. He was barely on the field the rest of the afternoon, getting out-touched 15-1 by Donald Brown. T-Rich should be avoided in daily leagues for the duration of the playoffs.
Jan 4 - 8:41 PM

Trent Richardson rushed eight times for 25 yards and a touchdown and caught two passes for 17 yards in the Colts' Week 17 win over the Jaguars.

Finally beginning to get comfortable down the stretch of his wildly disappointing first year as a Colt, Richardson danced in from two yards out to give Indy an early 14-0 lead against the Jaguars. The bold call by playcaller Pep Hamilton came on fourth-and-two. Richardson's regular season ends with a 188-563-3 rushing line and 35 receptions. The AFC South champion Colts will keep leaning on a two-back rotation of Richardson and Donald Brown in the playoffs.
Sun, Dec 29, 2013 05:28:00 PM

"Several" Jaguars players told the Florida Times Union before the Jags-Colts Week 4 game that Donald Brown's speed was "more impressive on tape than anything (Trent) Richardson did."

Richardson was coming off a largely promising rookie season at that point, and was only one game into his so-far-failed stint with Indianapolis. Brown outproducing Richardson "doesn't surprise the Jaguars," per beat writer Ryan O'Halloran. We believe a good start for T-Rich this offseason would be to shed pounds in an effort to rediscover his quick-twitch explosion. His tackle-breaking power remains evident and he looks fast in the open field with a head of steam, but his agility, short-area burst, and confidence are obviously lacking.
Thu, Dec 26, 2013 10:06:00 AM

Trent Richardson rushed for 43 yards on 16 carries in Week 16 at Kansas City.

Richardson caught three of his five targets for 15 yards. Richardson's 2.7 YPC average was pretty standard for him. He was hit behind the line of scrimmage on most of his runs and was turned around, facing the wrong direction a couple of times. Richardson continues to run hard; he picked up a big first down on a fourth-and-one, but he's so slow laterally and truly looks old. It probably has to do with his level of comfort in the offense. He and Donald Brown will continue to form a committee the rest of the season. The Jags are up next in Week 17.
Sun, Dec 22, 2013 05:21:00 PM

Trent Richardson rushed 19 times for 64 yards in Indianapolis' Week 15 win over the Texans, adding four catches for an additional 38 yards and a touchdown.

Thrust into a lead role after Donald Brown departed with a first-quarter stinger, T-Rich had his best game as a Colt from a yardage perspective. His nine-yard score came on a shovel pass from Andrew Luck. Although the yards were nice, Richardson was far from impressive. 50 of his yards came in the fourth quarter of a non-competitive game, while he was still far too slow to the hole. Richardson was routinely beaten to his spots by Houston's defense. He was stopped for two yards or fewer an astonishing 14 times. If Brown is unable to go for Week 16, T-Rich will be a middling FLEX option against the Chiefs.
Sun, Dec 15, 2013 05:01:00 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
2Stephen Campbell
3Cameron White
WR11Reggie Wayne
2LaVon Brazill
3Da'Rick Rogers
WR21Hakeem Nicks
2T.Y. Hilton
3Griff Whalen
4Josh Lenz
WR31T.Y. Hilton
TE1Dwayne Allen
2Coby Fleener
3Jack Doyle
4Weslye Saunders
5Martell Webb
K1Adam Vinatieri