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Trent Richardson | RB | Indianapolis Colts
Posted: 4/19/2014 10:37pm et
Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano said it will be important for RB Trent Richardson to participate in all of the offseason workouts so he can get more comfortable with the offense. 'He wants to be great. He's got all the talent. He's got all the ability. We would have never done what we did if we didn't believe that deep down in our core. So we look for him to have a great offseason and to have a great 2014 campaign,' Pagano said.
Huddle Up: Nice, subtle way for Pagano to emphasize to Richardson that Indy gave up a first-round pick for him and he needs to deliver on that potential. Ahmad Bradshaw and Vick Ballard are around to swipe carries if Richardson doesn't live up to those expectations.

Posted: 2/20/2014 10:11pm et
Indianapolis Colts RB Trent Richardson (shoulder) underwent shoulder surgery following the season, but it was 'just a scope.' The surgery shouldn't affect his offseason training.
Huddle Up: Just another hurdle to clear for Richardson as he attempts to regain fantasy relevancy after his fantasy train wreck of a 2013 season.

Posted: 2/5/2014 11:00pm et
Indianapolis Colts RB Trent Richardson plans on spending the offseason studying the playbook and learning the 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 to 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."
Huddle Up: At least some of Richardson's struggles last season were attributed to him not knowing the offense, so extra time in the playbook should help in that regard.

Posted: 1/14/2014 7:20pm et
Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano said RB Trent Richardson is still a part of the team's future even though he struggled this season. 'He wants to be great. He's got all the talent, he's got all the ability. We would never have done what we did if we didn't believe that. We look for him to have a great offseason and have a great 2014 campaign.'
Huddle Up: It's no news flash that Richardson was one of the biggest fantasy flops of the season, finishing with only 1 100 total-yard game and 4 TDs -- all after getting picked 10th overall on average in redraft leagues. On the other hand, the Colts aren't about to give up on the RB after 14 games and trading away their 2014 first-round pick to acquire him.

Posted: 1/9/2014 3:49pm et
Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton said the team won't hesitate to use RB Trent Richardson in the divisional round against the New England Patriots this weekend after Richardson fumbled the only carry he had in the team's win over the Kansas City Chiefs in the wild-card game. 'Trent actually did a great job of playing without the ball. His ability to take on those linebackers and handle all the different blitzes that we started to see, especially late in that game, was a big part of our success. No, I haven't lost any confidence in Trent at all. As a matter of fact, we're counting on Trent and Donald and even Tashard (Choice) because we only have a few backs to be ready to go out and play,' Hamilton said.
Huddle Up: Facing the banged-up Pats' D is a great matchup for the Indy RBs, but it's been hard to trust Richardson all season, especially after his 1-touch, 1-fumble outing last week. Donald Brown (15 touches-102 total yards-2 TDs vs. K.C.) is the Colts' back you're using.

Posted: 12/5/2013 11:23am et
Indianapolis Colts WR Reggie Wayne said RB Trent Richardson came to him after his demotion and said he never grasped the offense. 'He came to me, he wasn't pouting or anything,' Wayne said. 'This was the next day after he found out he was demoted and he said, 'Now I can sit back and actually watch the way it's supposed to be done.' He kind of feels that he was maybe forced into it early without actually learning it.'
Huddle Up: So then we should expect an uptick in Richardson's performance after he's had a chance to sit and observe? Well, bump T-Rich up your dynasty sheets for next year, evidently.

Posted: 11/23/2013 1:13pm et
Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano said he expects RB Trent Richardson (calf) will be able to play in the team's Week 12 game.
Huddle Up: Even if Richardson does play, he should be on your bench against Arizona's second ranked rush defense. Richardson is averaging fewer than 10 points per week in PPR leagues this year. In standard leagues he's off the map. The only people who are still starting Richardson on their fantasy teams at this point are the guys who traded a first-round pick to Cleveland to get him.

Posted: 11/22/2013 6:00pm et
Indianapolis Colts RB Trent Richardson (calf) was limited during practice Friday, Nov. 22, and is listed as questionable for Week 12.
Huddle Up: Richardson has been limited the past 2 days with a calf issue that seemed to crop up between Wednesday and Thursday. He should play, but then again a healthy Richardson hasn't been all that productive. Expect Donald Brown to see as much or more work than he usually does.

Posted: 11/19/2013 2:00pm et
Indianapolis Colts RB Trent Richardson said he doesn't think he's having that bad of a season since being traded to the Colts, despite averaging only 2.8 yards per carry. 'I'm not frustrated at all because I think I've been playing good,' Richardson said. 'If you turn on the film, I don't have any missed assignments. I haven't had any missed reads. I've been playing good. Stuff just hasn't matched up like we thought it would when I'm in there. I think teams match up differently when I come in.' Head coach Chuck Pagano also somewhat agrees that opposing defenses have sold out against the run when Richardson is on the field. RB Donald Brown remains the complementary back to Richardson, and he's stated his case for a bigger role on offense with his performances the past few weeks.
Huddle Up: With his ground struggles, the Colts at least got Richardson involved in the passing game in Week 11 and he finished with a season-high 5 catches for 31 yards. That aside, though, the rushing numbers speak for themselves as Brown has outrushed Richardson (293-272 yards) on exactly half the carries (96-48) and has ran for one more score (3-2) since T-Rich joined the team in Week 3. Expect a fantasy unfriendly 50-50 timeshare going forward.

Posted: 11/8/2013 8:22pm et
Indianapolis Colts RB Trent Richardson (ankle) will be in the lineup for the Week 10 game against the St. Louis Rams, and offensive coordinator Pop Hamilton said Friday, Nov. 8, that he wants to figure out ways to get Richardson going. 'I just have to find ways to creatively get the ball to Trent,' Hamilton said Friday, Nov. 8. 'A lot of different ways, not just out in space, but do a better job with run schemes that feature his instincts. But he's gotten better each week, and we expect that he'll continue to make big plays for us.'
Huddle Up: New week, same story for Richardson. Pep Hamilton said "He'll continue to make big plays for us." Fantasy owners would love to know when he started to make big plays. Richardson has a good match-up this week but he's been a huge disappointment on two different teams this season. At some point it's not the offensive lines and the play calling, it's the guy carrying the ball. Start Richardson at your own risk. He's averaging 9 fantasy points in PPR leagues through eight games.

Posted: 11/8/2013 11:48am et
Indianapolis Colts RB Trent Richardson (ankle) returned to practice Friday, Nov. 8.
Huddle Up: There was concern Richardson might not be available this weekend, but his return to practice suggests he'll play. Nonetheless, Donald Brown is horning in on Richardson's carries and would be in line for even more work if Richardson is limited or aggravates his ankle injury.

Posted: 11/7/2013 2:19pm et
Updating a previous report, Indianapolis Colts RB Trent Richardson (ankle) is expected to play in the team's Week 10 game, despite missing two straight days of practice.
Huddle Up: Richardson very well may play but can he produce? Ever since he rushed for 60 yards and a TD in Week 4 against the Jags, Richardson has seen his rushing totals fall each week, going from 60 to 56 to 40 to 37 to 20 this past Sunday night in Houston. He also hasn't found the end zone since the Jacksonville game, while No. 2 back Donald Brown has looked more effective.

Posted: 10/2/2013 1:17pm et
Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano said he is not concerned about the stats RB Trent Richardson has put up since joining the team because Richardson is still getting accustomed to the offensive system. Pagano said he believes Richardson has been close to breaking several long runs.
Huddle Up: Richardson has scored in each of his games as a Colt, but he hasn't been particularly dominant. Indy's running game is a work in progress anyway, so Pagano is right: no need to be concerned at this juncture.

Posted: 9/22/2013 2:31pm et
The Indianapolis Colts plan on giving RB Trent Richardson 10 to 15 touches during their Week 3 game.
Huddle Up: A limited workload against a tough 49ers defense doesn't sounds like a recipe for success. However, crazy things have happened today already.

Posted: 9/19/2013 1:16pm et
Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano said RB Trent Richardson will get as much as he can handle in the team's Week 3 game. "We did not bring him in here to be the water boy on Sunday," he said. "He'll be ready to roll."
Huddle Up: Richardson and the Colts will be facing what's sure to be an angry 49er D after the 29-3 loss in Seattle this past Sunday, but you didn't use that high draft pick on Richardson to be your fantasy water boy, either, so roll with him in your starting lineup and see what develops in his Indy debut.

Posted: 9/18/2013 6:39pm et
The Indianapolis Colts acquired RB Trent Richardson from the Cleveland Browns Wednesday, Sept. 18, in exchange for their first-round pick next year.
Huddle Up: It's as big of an in-season trade that you'll see two weeks into the year. Richardson and his fantasy owners have to be thrilled. Instead of wasting away in Cleveland, he now moves to Indianapolis where he'll join one of the best young offenses in the NFL. Richardson will step right in as the Colts' bellcow, moving Ahmad Bradshaw to occasional third-down duties. After two weeks of disappointing owners, this is a huge boast for Richardson's fantasy value. He may not play in Week 3 against San Francisco but Richardson will be a fantasy stud the rest of the way in the Colts' offense.

Posted: 9/12/2013 12:57pm et
Cleveland Browns offensive coordinator Norv Turner said he wants RB Trent Richardson to have more than 20 carries in Week 2.
Huddle Up: Richardson's fantasy owners are all for this game plan after the RB only received 13 carries and caught 2 passes last week in the season-opening loss to the Dolphins.

Posted: 8/27/2013 12:27pm et
Cleveland Browns RB Trent Richardson said he played at 236-237 pounds last season because he wasn't able to run. He plans to play at 225 pounds this year.
Huddle Up: Richardson's offseason workouts consisted of carrying fantasy owners on his shoulders. So long as he carries enough weight to hold up to the workload Norv Turner intends to give him, doesn't matter what the scale says.

Posted: 8/13/2013 11:57pm et
Cleveland Browns RB Trent Richardson, who longer is wearing any extra protective covering on his injured shin, will play 'a couple of series' in the preseason game against the Detroit Lions, head coach Rob Chudzinski said Tuesday, Aug. 13.
Huddle Up: Great news for Richardson, who despite the offseason injury concerns owns a current ADP of 6, according to data compiled on Now, the trick is for T-Rich to survive the rest of the preseason without any setbacks.

Posted: 8/11/2013 2:03pm et
Cleveland Browns head coach Rob Chudzinski said RB Trent Richardson (shin) will be worked into team drills during practice this week and hopes Richardson will be able to play in the second preseason game.
Huddle Up: It's a good fantasy sign in itself that the Browns are even considering having Richardson play in an early preseason contest.

Posted: 8/6/2013 8:22pm et
Updating a previous report, Cleveland Browns RB Trent Richardson (shin) did not participate in team drills Tuesday, Aug. 6, at practice, and he is unlikely to play in the team's preseason opener Thursday, Aug. 8, against the St. Louis Rams. His absence would be precautionary, however, as his shin injury isn't believed to be serious.
Huddle Up: This has been expected with the Browns focusing on getting their clear No. 1 offensive weapon rested and ready for Week 1.

Posted: 8/3/2013 12:36pm et
Cleveland Browns offensive coordinator Norv Turner believes RB Trent Richardson is an every-down running back that can handle 300 carries and 60 receptions this season.
Huddle Up: Turner has a history of feeding his stud back when he has one. Obviously, Ryan Mathews doesn't fall into that category. There's very little depth behind Richardson, so look for him to be among the league leaders in carries this season. Richardson is a Top 5 fantasy pick.

Posted: 8/2/2013 8:39pm et
Cleveland Browns head coach Rob Chudzinski said RB Trent Richardson (shin) did not participate in practice Friday, Aug. 2, because he was kicked in the shin during practice Thursday, Aug. 1. Chudzinski said he is not sure if Richardson will be able to practice Saturday, Aug. 3, but is not worried about the injury.
Huddle Up: It's noteworthy because Richardson missed all of OTAs and minicamp due to a right shin injury but the Browns are likely just being cautious with their star running back. Richardson is still locked in as a first round fantasy pick.

Posted: 7/24/2013 12:11pm et
Cleveland Browns offensive coordinator Norv Turner said Tuesday, July 23, that he is hopeful RB Trent Richardson will have upwards of 300 carries when the regular season begins. "I would hope Trent would have that many carries," Turner said. "That means he's playing healthy and playing at a pretty high level if we gave him the ball that much."
Huddle Up: Norv's recent track record with predictions for his running backs aren't exactly sterling: he had Ryan Mathews for 250 carries as a rookie (he fell 93 short) and said he expected more than 300 touches a year ago (Mathews finished with 223). So take Norv's expectations for Richardson with an appropriate-sized grain of salt.

Posted: 7/22/2013 12:08pm et
Cleveland Browns RB Trent Richardson reported to camp last week with the rookies and injured players and has been a full participant.
Huddle Up: There have been concerns about Richardson's health, as well as his ability to stay healthy, but right now everything looks good.

Posted: 7/7/2013 2:01pm et
Cleveland Browns RB Trent Richardson (leg) has started a running program and is on track to be ready for the start of training camp. The team could limit what Richardson does during camp to make sure he is ready for the regular season.
Huddle Up: Yeah, Richardson had another injury issue, but it did crop up smack dab in the middle of the offseason, giving the second-year RB a chance to be fully rested and ready by the time the games that count roll around.

Posted: 6/6/2013 1:00am et
Cleveland Browns RB Trent Richardson said he expects to be ready for the start of training camp and is sitting out the team's minicamp this week as a precaution. He said he would be able to play in a game this weekend if the team had one.
Huddle Up: Richardson is expected to be the Browns' offensive workhorse; no reason to overload him in June.

Posted: 6/4/2013 1:01pm et
Cleveland Browns RB Trent Richardson has been shut down until August. The team is worried that his leg/shin injury could worsen and develop into a stress fracture.
Huddle Up: Richardson had pre- and in-season injury concerns a year ago but wound up starting 15 games in what amounted to a productive rookie season as a whole. The issue certainly raises an offseason red flag, but a little precaution and prevention now could serve the second- year RB and his fantasy owners well come time for the games that count.

Posted: 5/23/2013 12:55pm et
Cleveland Browns RB Trent Richardson (leg) is not practicing Thursday, May 23, due to a pulled muscle near his shin.
Huddle Up: Even though Richardson toughed out ailments and played 15 games in a solid rookie season, it's a subtle reminder that injury concerns are never far away for the second-year back.