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Aug 5, 2014

Colts News: Trent Richardson finding comfort zone


By on 12:15 PM

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.

By: Gregory Shamus
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Richardson's sophomore season with the Cleveland Browns was abbreviated because of the trade to the Colts where Richardson again wasn't very productive per carry (3.4). It's extremely difficult to transition from one team to another during the regular season in the NFL as opposed to adapting to your new team in the MLB or NBA even. Therefore, this off-season will be Richardson's first full off-season with Indianapolis and head coach Chuck Pagano and offensive-coordinator Pep Hamilton are excited to have the 23-year-old Richardson on board.

As first reported by ESPN.com, Richardson 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,” Richardson said. “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.”

By: Michael Hickey
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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.  


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