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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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Trent Richardson managed 21 yards on nine carries in the Colts' second preseason game Saturday night, adding a four-yard reception.
He's now at 34 yards on 14 carries (2.43 YPC) through two exhibition affairs. We saw some praise on Twitter for Richardson's running against the Giants, but the production still isn't there. He remains an incredibly dicey fantasy investment. We did notice Richardson execute a strong first-quarter pass block. Pass protection has been one of Richardson's weaknesses to this point. Aug 16 - 8:30 PM

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The Indianapolis Star's Stephen Holder says Trent Richardson is "off to a great start" at Colts training camp.

The sample size was small, but T-Rich managed 13 yards on five carries in the Colts' exhibition opener, showing hesitance and lacking impressive first-step burst. Holder says it's been a different story on the practice field, where Richardson has reportedly run with "determination and decisiveness." T-Rich also claims he's healthier now than he was in each of his first two NFL training camps. Richardson offers lots of theoretical upside at his fifth-round ADP, but drafters need to be absolutely certain to handcuff him with Ahmad Bradshaw.
Aug 14 - 12:20 PM

Former Colts RB Edgerrin James is working with Trent Richardson this summer.

The Colts are pulling out all the stops for Richardson after last season's struggles. James is the Colts' all-time leading rusher and volunteered to take T-Rich under his wing. "It was unfair to judge him [off of last season] because it is two different systems," said James. "This is the NFL. … It takes time." Richardson managed 13 yards on five carries in Thursday's preseason opener against the Jets. More yards were available, but he also didn't get much help from his line on a couple carries. T-Rich remains boom-or-bust in fantasy.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 10 - 11:21 AM

Trent Richardson managed 13 yards on five carries in the Colts' preseason opener Thursday night against the Jets.

With Ahmad Bradshaw resting, T-Rich worked as the Colts' every-down back with the first-team offense. Richardson looked about the same as he did last season, stutter stepping in the hole and waiting for lanes to open. The Colts' O-Line did get movement on his initial eight-yard gain, but Richardson was stuffed for a combined five yards on his other four carries. We didn't notice any increase in explosion or burst from the third-year back. Richardson remains a dicey pick at his early-fifth-round Average Draft Position.
Aug 7 - 8:18 PM

Trent Richardson wants to play all three downs and rush for 1,000-plus yards this season.

"A thousand is not the goal. For me, it’s personal. I’m going to keep it to myself. But a thousand is not it for me. It’s higher," Richardson said. "I want to be involved in the passing game. I’m trying to be a three-down back." Richardson has the right mindset and seems much more at ease after being with the Colts for an entire offseason and not rehabbing a significant injury. He's a big-time bounce-back candidate. There's value in his current mid-fifth round ADP, but T-Rich drafters need to be sure to handcuff him with Ahmad Bradshaw.
Aug 5 - 9:29 AM

Trent Richardson said his "comfort level" in the offense is "so much better now."

"I know the plays and I'm not playing so tight. ... I know all my cuts and reads before snap," said Richardson, who is also fully healthy right now. The only excuse left is a questionable O-Line that recently lost starting LG Donald Thomas for the season. Richardson remains a risky bet at his fifth-round ADP.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 3 - 11:17 AM

Colts RB Trent Richardson (hamstring) is back practicing.

The injury was minor, but the Colts are being cautious after losing 17 players to season-ending injuries in 2013 and already losing RB Vick Ballard to an Achilles injury this season. Richardson has the talent and opportunity to outplay his fifth-round ADP, but his poor play in 2013 and injury history make him a risky fantasy bet.
Jul 30 - 2:52 PM

Trent Richardson is sitting out Colts camp with a hamstring injury.

It sounds like a day-to-day thing, but hamstring injuries have a tendency to linger. Richardson's absences have allowed Ahmad Bradshaw to dominate first-team reps, with Vick Ballard (Achilles') done for the season. At a time when most are concerned with his YPC average and poor 2013 performance, Richardson's latest malady is a reminder of the multitude of injuries he battled as a rookie.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 27 - 6:16 PM

Coach Chuck Pagano said he'd like to have a "bell cow" at running back this season.

In the same breath, Pagano said he isn't against employing a running back by committee. The message is clear. Ideally, Trent Richardson will find the form that made him the third overall pick in the 2012 draft, and become a 260-carry workhorse this season. But he'll be on a short leash, with Ahmad Bradshaw and Vick Ballard both ready to fill roles if Richardson faceplants again. For now, we've placed T-Rich 26th among running backs in our Draft Guide -- a ranking that will rise if he separates in camp.
Jul 24 - 11:29 AM

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.
Source: USA Today
Jul 18 - 3:56 PM

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

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Andrew Luck
2Matt Hasselbeck
3Chandler Harnish
RB1Trent Richardson
2Ahmad Bradshaw
3Dan Herron
4Zurlon Tipton
5David Fluellen
GLB1Trent Richardson
2Ahmad Bradshaw
3RB1Trent Richardson
2Ahmad Bradshaw
FB1Stanley Havili
2Mario Harvey
3Cameron White
WR11Reggie Wayne
2Donte Moncrief
3Griff Whalen
4Josh Lenz
5Ryan Lankford
WR21T.Y. Hilton
2Hakeem Nicks
3Da'Rick Rogers
4Eric Thomas
5Tony Washington
WR31Hakeem Nicks
TE1Dwayne Allen
2Coby Fleener
3Jack Doyle
4Weslye Saunders
5Erik Swoope
K1Adam Vinatieri