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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%: 82/16 | Average Draft Position: 9.47
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'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."


Colts still counting on Trent Richardson


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(2/21/2014) The Colts remain high on running back Trent Richardson, reports CBSSports.com NFL Writer Josh Katzowitz.

Colts coach Chuck Pagano said Richardson, who underwent arthroscopic surgery on his shoulder following the season, should improve in 2014 after a down season in 2013.

"The sky's the limit for Trent," Pagano said. "This will be a very important offseason for him. Look for great things."

Colts general manager Ryan Grigson said there's room for improvement for Richardson, but he added the team would still make the trade that brought him from Cleveland to Indianapolis last season for a first-round pick.


Trent Richardson recovering from shoulder scope


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2/20/2014) Colts running back Trent Richardson underwent arthroscopic surgery on his shoulder following the season, reports NFL Network. Richardson is expected to be ready for OTAs.

Trent Richardson delving into playbook


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2/5/2014) Colts running back Trent Richardson has no excuses in 2014. He's got to improve dramatically on the 2.9 yards per carry he averaged after being traded from Cleveland to Indianapolis.

To that end, Richardson said he plans to spend the offseason delving into the playbook. “Learn the system, not just memorizing it,” Richardson told ESPN.com. “Learning the whole concept of the system. There's a difference between having it memorized and feeling comfortable with the system.

"I’m going 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.”


Coby Fleener: Trent Richardson trade was 'great'


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(1/31/2014) Colts tight end Coby Fleener is overlooking the numbers in his assessment of the trade that brought running back Trent Richardson from Cleveland for a 2014 top draft pick. He called the swap "great" for the Colts and expects Richardson to thrive after a full offseason with the team.

"I think part of it is you're coming into an offense that's probably one of the most complex in the NFL," Fleener told NFL.com. "And so for him to play a week after being there was impressive because it took me a year and a half to learn the offense. I think this camp will do him a lot of good, and then you guys can judge him after that."

Richardson's production deteriorated to the point in which he was barely used in the playoffs. He averaged just 2.9 yards per carry after the trade and lost his featured back spot to Donald Brown.


Colts GM claims he's happy with Trent Richardson trade


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(1/16/2014) Colts general manager Ryan Grigson said he remains happy with the Week 3 trade that sent a first-round pick to Cleveland for running back Trent Richardson, per the Anderson Herald Bulletin. Grigson added that he understood the criticism for the deal, but that he's still happy with Richardson.

Richardson averaged just 2.9 yards per carry for the Colts and barely played in the postseason. He fumbled in his only rushing attempt against Kansas City and managed one yard on three carries in the loss to New England.


Colts claim they're still high on Trent Richardson


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(1/13/2014) It might just be coachspeak as the team angles to retain impending free agent Donald Brown, but Colts coach Chuck Pagano insists he remains high on running back Trent Richardson

"We all understand how he got here. He was thrown into the mix like that," Pagano said, per NFL.com, referring to the midseason acquisition of Richardson. "So now he has an opportunity to go through an offseason and be with us for a full year headed into the 2014 campaign.

"He wants to be great," Pagano added. "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."

Richardson averaged 3.0 yards on 188 carries, scoring four touchdowns.


Trent Richardson ends season with another disappointing game


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1/12/2014) Colts running back Trent Richardson's abysmal season came to a spiraling end Saturday night against the Patriots. Richardson, who lost a fumble in his lone carry during his postseason debut last week, was limited to only three carries for 1 yard in a 43-22 loss.

Richardson was traded from the Browns to the Colts for a 2014 first-round pick in late September. He finished the season with 188 carries for 563 yards and three touchdowns on the ground. 105 of the 563 yards were earned in his first two games of the season with Cleveland.

Pep Hamilton: I still have faith in Trent Richardson


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(1/9/2014) Colts offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton said he will not hesitate to use running back Trent Richardson against the Patriots on Saturday. He certainly hesitated to use him last week after Richardson fumbled away his only carry. It proved to be his last rushing attempt of the game, though Hamilton has an explanation.

"The game itself, after the fumble, really dictated that we went more into an attack mode," Hamilton told the Indianapolis Star. "Trent actually did a great job of playing without the ball. His ability to take on those linebackers and handle all of the different blitzes that we started to see, especially late in the game, was a big part of our success."

Richardson hopes his playing time at New England will not be limited to blocking.

"You feel like you've got to redeem yourself for it," he said about the fumble. "You feel like you've got to make a statement. That's one thing my brother has told me ... the fastest way to get yourself on the bench is fumbling the ball. And that replays in my head every day when I come out to work."

Richardson has been a disaster since the Colts traded a 2014 first-round pick to Cleveland for him in late September. He averaged just 2.9 yards per carry with Indianapolis.


Trent Richardson fumbles only carry


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(1/4/2014) Colts running back Trent Richardson was a total nonfactor Sunday, in a 45-44 win over the Chiefs in the Wild Card playoff game. Richardson fumbled on his lone carry, and hardly saw the field from that point on. 

The Colts moved on to the next round of the playoffs, where they will take on either the Broncos or Patriots next weekend. 


Donald Brown and Trent Richardson score Week 17


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/29/2013) Both Colts running backs Donald Brown and Trent Richardson managed to score Week 17.

Brown carried the ball 12 times for 31 yards. He punched in a 1 yard touchdown in the first quarter to begin the scoring. Brown also caught three passes for 4 yards. Richardson carried eight times for 25 rushing yards. He scored on a 2 yard run in the first quarter. Richardson caught two passes for 17 yards. 


Trent Richardson contributes 58 yards in a win


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/22/2013) The Colts still won't let Trent Richardson sit -- they gave him 16 carries and plenty of playing time in passing situations on Sunday at the Chiefs. He turned those 16 carries into just 43 yards (a 2.7 rushing average) and caught three of five targets for 15 yards. 

Richardson continues to look tentative when handling the rushing work, taking extra long to make a cut and run. There were several plays where Richardson was hit in the backfield, making for either a nominal gain or a loss. 

He'll keep trying to fit into the Indianapolis offense next week when it hosts the Jaguars in Week 17. 


Trent Richardson could be sleeper Fantasy option Week 16


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/17/2013) Colts running back Trent Richardson has been one of the biggest Fantasy busts of the season, but as many Fantasy owners prepare for championship games this weekend, the second-year back is in play again as a potential starting option.

It largely has to due with Indianapolis running back Donald Brown being iffy to play because of a stinger suffered last week. Richardson played well in Brown's absence Week 15, finishing with 15 Fantasy points. Though, Richardson averaged just 3.4 yards per carry last week and his poor track record still might prevent Fantasy owners from putting him in active lineups Week 16.

The Colts travel to Kansas City Sunday. Despite the Chiefs being one of the better teams in the NFL this season, they have had their issues against the run, particularly as of late. In the last six games, running backs are averaging 117.2 rushing yards and 24 Fantasy points per week against Kansas City. Running backs have totaled eight touchdowns (six rushing) in that span.

If Brown sits out Sunday, Fantasy owners might have to give strong consideration to starting Richardson given the favorable matchup. It's probably safer to view him as a No. 3 Fantasy running back, but Richardson could certainly be a sleeper option Week 16, especially as a flex start.


Trent Richardson carries the load well


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/15/2013) Even with Donald Brown, his primary competition for carries, suffering a stinger in the first quarter, Colts running back Trent Richardson was as ineffective as usual in the first half Week 15 against the Texans, carrying the ball eight times for 5 yards. And after 10 carries, he had just 4 yards.

But from that point forward, he was a different player. Looking to run out the clock with a big lead, the Colts kept handing him the ball in the second half, and he found some room to maneuver, delivering runs of 8, 14, 22 and 9 yards. He finished the game with 64 yards on 19 carries.

Of course, his biggest play came in the passing game. Midway through the second quarter, he caught a short pass from quarterback Andrew Luck and weaved through the defense for a 9-yard touchdown. In all, Richardson had four catches for 38 yards. He was targeted six times.

Brown's status for Week 16 at Kansas City is unknown as of now, but if he's forced to miss the game, Richardson figures to carry the load for the Colts.


Trent Richardson probably won't do much


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/10/2013) Given coach Chuck Pagano's stated perference for Donald Brown earlier this month, Colts running back Trent Richardson is a long shot to get more than a handful of carries against the Texans in Week 15. And he's even more of a long shot to do anything with whatever he gets.

Richardson has averaged less than 4.0 yards per carry in 10 of his 11 games with the Colts. He has averaged 2.5 over during a six-game stretch in which he has gotten no more than eight carries. He has gotten more involved in the passing game in recent weeks, catching five balls for 68 yards at Cincinnati in Week 14, but as a rusher, he's a non-factor.

So even though he has what appears to be a favorable matchup Week 15 against the Texans --who rank 21st against the run, allowing 118.5 yards per game, and have given up the 11th-most Fantsay points to running backs -- you wouldn't want to use him in Fantasy. Of the three CBSSports.com Fantasy Football analysts, Dave Richard ranks him the highest this week and still has him only 38th among running backs.


Trent Richardson has 88 total yards


by Nando Di Fino | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/8/2013) Colts running back Trent Richardson had six carries for 20 yards in Sunday's 42-28 loss to the Bengals. Richardson also caught five passes for 68 yards. He was targeted six times. 

Richardson out-carried fellow running back Donald Brown (who had four attempts), and the 88 total yards were a season high. Richardson gained 50 total yards in the fourth quarter, as the Colts were playing from behind and going pass-heavy. He had a 22-yard reception in the second quarter.

The Colts face the Texans in Week 15. 


Trent Richardson speaks philosophically about losing starting job


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/5/2013) Colts deposed featured back Trent Richardson took the high road when asked Thursday about losing his starting job to Donald Brown. He spoke about being sidelined Sunday against Tennessee.

"It was different when I went out there," he told the team website. "It was kind of like, 'This is a place in your life where you need to learn.' (I could) really see the offense and see how everything flows. I learned a lot about myself Sunday. It's a humbling job at the same time. Like I always tell people, 'The game's much bigger than me.'"

Richardson has averaged less than three yards a carry in five of the last six games. This exception was Sunday in his first non-start, when he rushed for 19 yards on five carries.


Trent Richardson's Fantasy value keeps slipping


by Nando Di Fino | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/4/2013) Colts running back Trent Richardson hit a season low in touches against the Titans in Week 13, with five carries for 19 yards and no receptions. Donald Brown, meanwhile set a season high, with 16 touches (and he scored a touchdown).

To make the situation even uglier for Richardson, the Colts have to face the Bengals this Sunday. Cincinnati hasn't allowed a running back to score since Week 4. So Richardson is in the unenviable position of not only facing the defense that has allowed the third-fewest Fantasy points per game to opposing running backs, but doing so as the clear backup. 

Richardson has seen his value slowly fade this season. He can be benched in most Fantasy formats. 


Titans DT offers perspective to Trent Richardson's struggles


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/3/2013) Everyone under the sun has pretty much chimed in on why former first-round pick Trent Richardson has struggled since his acquisition from Cleveland. Titans defensive tackle Jurrell Casey is the latest person to voice his opinion, but he provides an interesting perspective on what might be the problem with the Colts' second-year running back.

According to Casey, Richardson is "probably afraid of getting hurt."

"With a guy like [Trent], everybody knows he’s a downhill runner," Casey told FOXSports.com in a telephone interview. "A lot of times guys shoot at his legs. He’s a smaller guy so nobody tries to hit him up high.

"When guys are shooting at your legs, that could result in injury so I think that’s probably one of his cases is he feels, ‘they’re shooting at my knees. I got to figure out how to not allow this to happen.’ So I think that’s probably the biggest thing with him is he’s probably afraid of getting hurt."


Three Colts chip in to Week 13 victory


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/1/2013) Benched running back Trent Richardson made a modest contribution Sunday to a win for the Colts over Tennessee. He managed 19 yards on five carries.

Wide receiver LaVon Brazill had his best game of the season with three 14-yard receptions for 42 yards. Fullback Stanley Havili added 29 yards on three catches.


Trent Richardson reportedly demoted to backup


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/1/2013) The Colts have demoted running back Trent Richardson in favor of Donald Brown, a source has confirmed to ESPN, which is reporting that the former will not start Sunday against Tennessee.

Richardson is averaging 2.9 YPC this season. He arrived in Indianapolis in a Week 3 trade that brought him from Cleveland for a 2014 first-round pick. He has yet to rush for more than 60 yards in a game.


Trent Richardson still too risky to trust


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(11/30/2013) Colts running back Trent Richardson again has a favorable matchup in Week 13 against the Titans. But it's too risky for Fantasy owners to count on him based on his overall level of play.

Richardson only has one game this season with double digits in Fantasy points, which was Week 4. That was also the last time he scored a touchdown.

He just faced the Titans in Week 11 at Tennessee and finished with eight carries for 22 yards and five catches for 31 yards. He has not had more than 22 rushing yards in a game in his past four outings.

Tennessee has allowed 10 running backs to reach double digits in Fantasy points, including one in each of the past eight games. But that should benefit Donald Brown more than Richardson since Brown has been the better Fantasy option for the Colts.

Keep Richardson reserved in the majority of leagues, and hopefully he will string together a good game or two before the end of the season to salvage this disappointing campaign.