Trent Richardson | RB | Indianapolis Colts
Posted: 8/21/2014 12:07am et
Indianapolis Colts RB Trent Richardson is off to a slow start in training camp and the preseason, posting just 34 yards in 14 attempts. At 2.4 yards per carry, that's even less than the 2.9 yards per carry he averaged in his disappointing 2014. 'Trent, he needs to answer the bell and do his job to the best of his ability,' general manager Ryan Grigson said Wednesday, Aug. 20.
Huddle Up: Some are saying Richardson looks good this preseason but they must be watching games from his time at Alabama by mistake. Richardson is still dancing behind the line and looks like the same back he has for the last year and a half. He plays in an explosive offense but right now Richardson's big rookie year looks like a lifetime ago
Posted: 7/27/2014 2:28pm et
Indianapolis Colts RB Trent Richardson has not been participating in training-camp practices because of a soft-tissue issue, according to head coach Chuck Pagano. Pagano said the team is being careful with Richardson and want him to be 100 percent before he returns to the field.
Huddle Up: With fellow RB Vick Ballard's season already over before it got started, the Colts are counting on a bounce-back season from Richardson more than ever and certainly aren't going to take the chance of aggravating a minor issue in the opening week of camp.
Posted: 7/13/2014 10:39pm et
Indianapolis Colts RB Trent Richardson will need to produce right away in the running game if he wants to keep the starting job, because the team will not wait for him to turn things around if RB Ahmad Bradshaw or Vick Ballard are playing well.
Huddle Up: Uh, yeah, there's zero chance a contender such as the Colts will keep giving Richardson start after start if he's averaging anywhere close to the 2.9 yards per carry he averaged a season ago.
Posted: 7/11/2014 5:24pm et
Indianapolis Colts RB Trent Richardson has greatly benefitted from extra time spent in the classroom, according to offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton. Hamilton said Richardson will be better this season after facing a tough situation following his trade to Indianapolis.
Huddle Up: Everyone in Indy continues to bend over backwards with optimism regarding Richardson, and maybe things will work out for the former first-round pick this season. Fantasy owners are most definitely viewing him with a 40-pound sack of salt, however.
Posted: 6/25/2014 3:14pm et
The Indianapolis Colts say RB Trent Richardson is relying more on his instincts when running instead of thinking. They believe he can be a three-down back.
Huddle Up: Indy still has to say that, seeing as they gave away a first-round pick to acquire Richardson. We'll see how he holds up through camp in competition with a healthy Ahmad Bradshaw and a healthy Vick Ballard, though at this point he still has to be considered the favorite for carries in the Colts' backfield.
Posted: 6/2/2014 11:58pm et
Indianapolis Colts RB Trent Richardson said he's feeling more fluid at organized team activities. He added that timing has helped him better understand how the offense works.
Huddle Up: You may recall that not understanding the offense was one of Richardson's rationales for his struggles last year. So at least he's getting the offense now, which should help.
Posted: 4/24/2014 7:32pm et
Indianapolis Colts RB Trent Richardson said after reviewing tape of the 2013 season he thinks he was trying to do too much. 'It's human. But you can't hit the home run. You have to set up your runs,' Richardson said. 'That's one thing, (because of) not having as much success as I've always had, you catch yourself saying, 'I gotta score, I gotta score.' '
Huddle Up: In any case, Richardson is sure to be available at a bargain price in fantasy drafts this summer, and could surprise if he's truly figured things out.
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.