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34 Trent Richardson RB
Height/Weight: 5-9/225 | Birthdate: 7/10/1991 | Birthplace: Pensacola, FL, USA | Team: Indianapolis | College: Alabama | NFL Experience: 3 | Owned/Started%: 84/22 | Average Draft Position: 61.16
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Trent Richardson under the gun


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/20/2014) The Colts are focused on getting their rushing game going heading into Saturday's third preseason game against the Saints. Specifically, they want to see more production from Trent Richardson, who's averaged 2.4 yards per carry through two games.

"Trent, he needs to answer the bell and do his job to the best of his ability," general manager Ryan Grigson told ESPN.com. "We're all accountable here. I will say this, there are a lot of backs last year that wouldn't have got [2.4 ypc] considering the amount of people he had in that box and the amount of bodies that were hitting him before he even seemed to get the ball sometimes.

"He's such a hard runner, we know how tough he is, but he's got to produce just like all these guys do on the final 53."

Richardson averaged 2.9 yards per carry last season with Indy. If he continues to flounder, the Colts could turn to Ahmad Bradshaw, who's coming back from a neck injury and scheduled to make his preseason debut Saturday.


More of the same from Trent Richardson


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/17/2014) Colts running back Trent Richardson gained 21 yards on nine carries against the Giants, adding a 4-yard catch on his only target. He's averaged 2.4 yards per carry through two preseason games.

Richardson, who averaged 3.0 yards per carry last season, will try to get going Saturday in the third preseason game against the Saints.


Sound familiar? Trent Richardson under 3 yards per carry


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/7/2014) Colts running back Trent Richardson got off to a good start in the preseason opener, barreling eight yards up the middle on his first carry against the Jets. But he finished with 13 yards on five carries, an average of 2.6 yards per carry.

Richardson averaged 2.9 yards per carry last season. He gave way Thursday to Dan Herron, who served as the No. 2 back with Ahmad Bradshaw sitting out.


Trent Richardson eyes 1,000-plus rushing yards


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/5/2014) Colts running back Trent Richardson has lined up his goals for the 2014 season and among them is surpassing 1,000 rushing yards, according to The Indianapolis Star.

"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.

Richardson averaged just 2.9 yards per carry and finished with 458 rushing yards in 14 games with the Colts following his trade from Cleveland.

"Go back and look at last year," he said. "People say our running game wasn't successful, but there were times where (defenses) were stacking nine men in the box. If you look at it like that, they respected our running game."

Richardson is counting on better production in 2014 because he believes the passing game will help open up the running lanes.

"You have Reggie (Wayne) back, you've got T.Y. (Hilton), you have Hakeem (Nicks) out there," Richardson said. "You have Da'Rick (Rogers) out there. You have guys who are fast and quick and are moving around. That opens up a lot."


It's a start: Trent Richardson has good week of practice


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/3/2014) The Colts held out running back Trent Richardson early in camp due to a slight hamstring injury. The wait paid off as Richardson "had an impressive week of practice" last week, reports ESPN.com.

"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," coach Chuck 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."

Richardson is obviously more comfortable in Indy's system, the report said. "He’s gone from thinking too much after taking the handoff to running off his natural instincts and with explosion."

The website says Richardson is "definitely" on his way to a better year after averaging 2.9 yards per carry last season.

"The comfort level is so much better now," Richardson said. "I know the plays and I’m not playing so tight. I’m really comfortable with the offense, and the timing with the offensive line is coming. I know all my cuts and reads before snap."


Trent Richardson 'probably is who he is'


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/1/2014) CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora wrote in his analysis on the Colts that he's not banking on a bounceback season from running back Trent Richardson.

"At this point he probably is who he is," La Canfora continued. "The Colts will give him every opportunity to show otherwise, especially with [Vick] Ballard out, but will the explosion ever be there?"

La Canfora even floated the idea of Indy trading a tight end for a running back like Buffalo's C.J. Spiller.

Richardson averaged 2.9 yards per carry last season while rushing for three touchdowns and fumbling twice.


Trent Richardson returns to practice


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/30/2014) Colts running back Trent Richardson, who had not practiced since Thursday due to a hamstring issue, returned to work Wednesday, reports the Indianapolis Star.

Trent Richardson bothered by sore hamstring


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/28/2014) The Colts are counting on a big year from 2013 bust Trent Richardson. But the running back was unable to practice Monday as he continues to deal with a sore hamstring, reports the Indianapolis Star.

Richardson has not practiced since Thursday.


Trent Richardson misses second straight practice


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/26/2014) A day after losing Vick Ballard for the season to injury, the Colts are holding out fellow running back Trent Richardson from practice again Saturday with a soft tissue issue.

Richardson, whose problem has not been deemed serious, was a bust in 2013 after the trade brought him from Cleveland. He averaged just 2.9 YPC as his playing time decreased as the season progressed.


Trent Richardson not practicing Friday


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/25/2014) Colts running back Trent Richardson is not practicing Friday, their second full day of training camp, according to the Indianapolis Star. Richardson had trainers working on his left leg on Thursday but he was able to finish practice.

Richardson is coming back from a chipped collarbone and a separated AC joint in his shoulder he played with last season. 


Trent Richardson had chipped collarbone, separated AC joint


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/24/2014) Colts running back Trent Richardson revealed Thursday that he played last season with a chipped collarbone and a separated AC joint, reports ESPN.com. The AC joint is where the collarbone meets the shoulder.

"Toward the end of the season I felt a lot more comfortable, but the other time I was more injured," said Richardson, who had offseason shoulder surgery.

Coach Chuck Pagano said Richardson not only is healthier, but has a much better grasp of the playbook this year.

"He’s a lot more comfortable," Pagano said. "Basically it was survival for him at first, memorization. Now he has a better understanding scheme-wise, why we’re doing things, why we’re calling certain things, how we run plays. He has a better feel for guys he’s playing with, the line, guy in front of him, the fullback. He’s obviously in a much better place."


Pagano wants 'bell cow' running back to emerge


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/24/2014) Colts coach Chuck Pagano said he'd like to have a "bell cow" running back this season, but he's not against having a running back by committee, reports ESPN.

The Colts are expected to use Trent Richardson as the starter, but it sounds like if he struggles again then Ahmad Bradshaw or Vick Ballard could have a bigger role.


No more excuses for Trent Richardson


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/17/2014) The Colts are ready to see the best of running back Trent Richardson, reports ESPN.

The report says there are no more excuses about not knowing the playbook or getting familiar with the team. He has had an entire offseason to learn everything, and now he can use his natural instincts when he's on the field, instead of constantly trying to remember the plays.

Richardson, the No. 3 overall pick in 2012, had offseason shoulder surgery and will head into training camp as the starter, with Ahmad Bradshaw ready to take some snaps from him if he struggles.


Trent Richardson might not get long leash


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/11/2014) Averaging 2.9 yards a carry, like he did last year, will get Trent Richardson benched quickly, reports ESPN.com. Richardson "will have to produce right away because it's unlikely the Colts will wait for him to get going" if running backs Ahmad Bradshaw and Vick Ballard are healthy and productive, the website said.

Richardson likely will get the first shot at the starting job. He has a much better grasp of the playbook than he did in 2013 and the belief is he'll be able to run on instinct as opposed to overthinking, the report said.


Trent Richardson could be three-down back this year


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(6/25/2014) Colts running back Trent Richardson "is relying more on his instincts when running instead of thinking it through" and could emerge as a three-down back, reports ESPN. Richardson has a much better handle on the playbook than he did last year following his early-season trade from the Browns.

Behind Richardson on the depth chart are Ahmad Bradshaw and Vick Ballard, both coming off big surgeries. Richardson had a dismal 2013, averaging 3.0 yards per carry and scoring four touchdowns, but will get every chance to succeed in 2014.


Trent Richardson calls practicing 'way easier now'


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/4/2014) Colts running back Trent Richardson continues to make strides in his progress of getting the offense down pat, a problem he had last season after he was traded to Indy from Cleveland. The official team website reports Richardson is feeling more comfortable

"I feel way more fluid, even with the timing," said Richardson on Wednesday. "I didn't know the snap count last year until the fourth week. ... I didn't have the chance to learn 'Why are we doing this? What am I looking at this linebacker, or that linebacker on the backside?' I just had to know where I was running. I didn't know the full reasons. With the timing, it's way easier now. ... I needed this from the beginning."

Teammate Matt Hasselbeck, who saw Marshawn Lynch struggle to adapt to the Seahawks during a midseason trade years ago, said he "would definitely expect his numbers to look better this year."


Trent Richardson had shoulder surgery, limited at OTAs


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/30/2014) Colts running back Trent Richardson wore a red jersey during the team's OTA practice on Thursday, a precaution after having shoulder surgery this offseason. Richardson also said he weighed as much as 230 pounds last offseason and gained even more before dropping 15 pounds to get to 225 pounds. He worked with the first-team offense in practice. 

"I'm feeling pretty good, it's just up to the coach on whenever I should take the jersey off," Richardson said per ESPN.


Colts not giving up on run game


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/27/2014) Colts offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton says they'll be a "score-first team" instead of a run-first or pass-first team. Typical coachspeak, but Hamilton even would admit that as much as he wanted to run the ball last season, passing was far more effective. 

"When you have Andrew Luck, that really gives you an ability to adapt to whatever the circumstances are and have a chance to be successful," Hamilton said per ESPN, who believes the Colts will still aim to run the ball and not have Luck pass over and over again. Indianapolis ran the ball 409 times last year and threw it 582 times. The acquisition of Trent Richardson didn't pay off last season, but it doesn't mean wholesale changes this season. 

"Our mentality has not changed; we have to be physical at the point of attack. We have to try and knock people off the ball and wear them down physically," Hamilton said. "We have to have a sense of balance and still have a physical mentality, make up going into games so we can wear our opponents down how we see fit."


Trent Richardson finally learning 'real concept' of Colts' plays


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(4/30/2014) Colts running back Trent Richardson, who joined the team via trade early last season, apparently is gaining a lot from the offseason program.

"Just to get back at it and just to be out here with my teammates, it’s a blessing," he said. "To be taking everything slow and to know the real concept of the plays, not just going week to week and just really knowing why the quarterback is doing this or why they’re thinking that or why do we got these audibles set up in this play or why the offensive line is making this call, not just if they make this call, I go that way and make sure I block this person. It’s way different. It’s much easier and it’s slowing down a lot so it’s making the game much better for me."

Richardson called the offseason workouts "very important" in terms of building chemistry with the offensive line and quarterback Andrew Luck.

"To know the real actual plays, what they’re meant for, what’s the real concept," he said. "Knowing the concept of a play is the biggest thing because when it comes down to it, if you just remember what you’re doing, that’s not good enough. I felt like I remembered the playbook last year. I know it now but I remembered the playbook last year but I’m learning a lot this year. If you can really break that down, I’m learning a lot this year. As much as I’ve learned in this last week, much more than I learned last year."

Richardson critiques his own 2013 season


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(4/24/2014) Colts running back Trent Richardson knew he would answer dozens of questions about his disappointing 2013. He proved he was prepared on Wednesday. Richardson told the Indianapolis Star that after reviewing his own film he realized he was "trying to hit the home run" instead of playing patiently.

"When I (missed) the cuts and the holes, I said, 'Dang, how the heck did I miss that?'" Richardson said. "'How in the world did I miss that?' That's second nature. You never miss a cut. You get as much yards as you can get at every opportunity."

Richardson did feel like defenses were ganging up on him, "tacking 10 (defenders) in the box, nine in the box." But he's focused as ever about proving he can still play at a high level

"I want everybody to be on the edge of their seats," he said.


Trent Richardson's confidence not shaken


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(4/23/2014) Despite averaging 3.0 yards per carry last season, Colts running back Trent Richardson insists his confidence hasn't wavered. “As far as confidence, man, I can’t wait," he said, per Pro Football Talk.

"There’s a lot that I want to do. I’ve been playing football my whole life. I never thought it would become a struggle for me. I look back at it and I say, ‘Hey, you’re still the guy, you’re still the Trent Richardson you’ve always been. Just keep your mindset right.’”


'Humbled' Richardson explains 2013, promises a better 2014


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(4/18/2014) Colts running back Trent Richardson spoke openly about his disappointing 2013 season, saying that it took him too long to learn a new playbook and get over leaving Cleveland after Week 2. Richardson also told the official team website that he's planning to do everything within his power to be as prepared as possible for 2014. 

"Y'all will see a big significant difference in the way I play, the speed. I won't have to think about a lot of stuff," Richardson said earlier this offseason. "It's going to be big -- timing with the offensive line, timing with Andrew (Luck), just knowing a lot more with the program, the whole system.

"They haven't seen everything they're going to get out of me yet. A lot of it is going to come next year. A lot of it is going to come in the offseason. I'm going to put in a lot of work, as I've been doing this whole season. This season humbled me. ... This season was a lesson to me."

Colts coach Chuck Pagano has had Richardson's back, says the running back, and the coach stressed back in March that his running back's involvement in the offseason program will be key. 

"It's going to be very, very important for (Richardson) to be here for the offseason program and to dive into this thing full steam ahead, which he will," Pagano said. "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."


Don't count out Vick Ballard in Colts' backfield competition


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(4/7/2014) All signs point to Colts running back Vick Ballard being ready for training camp, reports ESPN.com. Ballard tore his ACL in Week 2 last season, making a cut in practice.

The website says Ballard won't necessarily be the No. 3 back behind Trent Richardson and Ahmad Bradshaw, noting Richardson flopped last year and Bradshaw (neck) needs to prove he can stay healthy.

Ballard ran for 814 yards and two touchdowns as a rookie in 2012.


Pagano breaks down Colts' backfield


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(3/25/2014) Colts coach Chuck Pagano said Tuesday at the NFL owners meetings that he's looking forward to the competition at running back between Trent Richardson, Ahmad Bradshaw and Vick Ballard .

"It’s going to be great competition, I know that," Pagano said. "Certainly with Trent, Ahmad and Vick coming back. It’s a good problem that we have. It’s going to create great competition at the position."

Pagano said the health for Bradshaw (neck) and Ballard (ACL) will determine their usage early on this season. Both finished last year on injured reserve.

"We know what Trent is capable of doing," Pagano said. "Trent is going to be so much better in our second season with us. Just having an offseason, knowing the offense and feeling more comfortable and knowing the pieces around him and having chemistry with our offensive line. There’s going to be great competition there. You have to have one guy you call your bell cow, who is going to get the lion's share of the snaps. We have a lot of options there. It's good to have multiple backs."

Pagano said bringing back Bradshaw was a no-brainer.

"You watched him play," Pagano said. "The guy is a warrior, he's a fierce, fierce competitor and I knew once he got the diagnosis, knew what he had to go through from a rehab standpoint that there was no question once the doctor said you're going to be fine he'd come back. That's in his DNA. He doesn't know anything else. He doesn't want to do anything else."


Who will start for Colts at running back?


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2/25/2014) It remains unclear who will start at running back for the Colts, and the question could stay unanswered until Week 1, reports ESPN.com. Trent Richardson is coming back from a shoulder cleanup, Vick Ballard is returning from a torn ACL, and Donald Brown is headed to free agency.

General manager Ryan Grigson is in no rush to provide the answer.

“At any point in time you'll know how we do things with the Colts, it's the best players play,” he told the website. “Iron sharp as iron. We're going to try to have the most competition at each position group and whoever wins that spot is going to be the starter and it's who is going to get us to that next level, which is Super Bowl XLIX and that's the mindset. You're either all in or all out."