The Indianapolis Colts' offense is only a consistent running game away from having one of the most complete offenses in the league. The leadership of Andrew Luck, pure route running ability of Reggie Wayne and the big play ability of T.Y. Hilton leaves defensive coordinators scratching their heads weekly.
Notice the one thing missing is the running back. Trent Richardson wants to be that guy and has the ability to be that person, the question is can he be that guy? Richardson's rookie season he amassed 950 rushing yards on 267 carries and added 11 touchdowns, those numbers are very solid for a rookie on a team with not much of a passing game, the yards per carry could have been better (3.6) but non-the-less a good rookie campaign.
As first reported by ESPN.com,
injured his hamstring during a personal workout in his hometown of .
Pensacola, Florida Richardson
tried to downplay the injury and still showed up to Colts camp ready to
practice. Coach Pagano noticed Richardson was
not running like a 100% healthy running back so he addressed it with Trent.
“He said there was no reason to be out there if I wasn't going to be moving 100 percent,”
Richardsonsaid. “Coach didn’t think it was fair that I was out there.”
Wednesday the Colts training staff cleared
Richardson for full duty and he responded
with a productive week of practice.
“He’s getting back to 100 percent, so I think some of those runs you’re starting to see, the hard work, the full offseason, the comfort with the scheme, the terminology, being around the offensive guys, the guys that are lined up in front of him blocking and seeing him starting to put a foot in the ground, see a hole, burst through the line of scrimmage, all that stuff is coming,” Pagano said. “It’s only going to get better, too, as he gets closer to 100 percent health-wise. Again, he’s on track, he’s on track.”
With Vick Ballard being out for the season due to a torn Achilles and Ahmad Bradshaw being somewhat injury prone,
Richardson's role will be paramount to the
Colts success on the ground this season. It would help Andrew Luck who is
entering his third year and looks poised to turn the corner from being good to
great. The AFC South looks like the Colts division to lose but a healthy and
productive Richardson could all but seal up a
possible home-field advantage situation for Indianapolis.