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Colts will give Trent Richardson first shot at starting RB job

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Trent Richardson averaged just 2.9 yards a carry after arriving in Indianapolis last season, and he was even worse in the playoffs. Under ordinary circumstances, a player who performed like that would have a tough time earning any job at all.

But in Indianapolis, where the Colts gave up a first-round draft pick to acquire Richardson from Cleveland, Richardson remains the favorite to be given the starting job. Mike Wells of ESPN reports that Richardson will get the first shot at starting, ahead of Ahmad Bradshaw and Vick Ballard. Donald Brown, who was the Colts’ most effective running back last season, left for San Diego in free agency.

Richardson is coming off shoulder surgery, while Bradshaw missed most of last season with a neck injury and Ballard missed all but one game last season with a knee injury. So there are injury concerns with all three running backs.

Assuming everyone can go when training camp starts, however, Richardson will get the first shot. To keep the starting job for the whole season, he’ll surely have to average better than 2.9 yards a carry.

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  1. mikeffloriobangedmymom says: Jul 12, 2014 6:38 AM

    Sure until week 2…

  2. pacodawg says: Jul 12, 2014 6:42 AM

    Get the first shot at starting? Not a ringing endorsement for a top 3 pick going up against Ballard, Brown, etc. Could you see the Vikings saying that with AP who was picked 7.

    The Colts should press theft charges against the Browns. WOW.

  3. andrewluck12 says: Jul 12, 2014 6:48 AM

    I’m willing to give him a pass for last year. There were a lot of circumstances surrounding his poor performance. And he honestly wasn’t terrible last year. Hell of a pass blocker. I think he’s going to have a great season. 1300 all purpose yards and 7-8td’s really doesn’t seem out of the question.

  4. gbfanforever says: Jul 12, 2014 6:49 AM

    He’s not the best back on the team and their making the starters job his to lose because of how much he cost? Bet his teammates love that.

  5. nickinneohio says: Jul 12, 2014 7:19 AM

    All together now. B-U-S-T bust bust bust.

  6. mymanmccoy says: Jul 12, 2014 7:25 AM

    So in other words, the colts don’t have any running backs to speak of at this point.

  7. mkar1835 says: Jul 12, 2014 7:29 AM

    Remember this one?

    @JimIrsay: This day of MONSTER TRADE,The Tidal Wave Of Deal making…Shocks the system of “..Didn’t see THIS ONE COMING!!!!!!” Grig’s Rollin’ Dice!

  8. deerhuntinfool71 says: Jul 12, 2014 7:30 AM

    He could easily score 7 or 8 touchdowns this year. ( if he is on the 2 yard line!! )

  9. brownsclown says: Jul 12, 2014 7:33 AM

    Clearly the TRich trade to Indy was the high water mark of Joe Bummer and Mike Dumbturdi’s NFL careers!

  10. deadeye says: Jul 12, 2014 7:40 AM

    Well that’s very gracious considering the fact that they spent, you know, a first round pick on him. I said this trade was horrendous the day it happened. The only thing more stupid was taking a RB at #4 overall.

  11. mrbigass says: Jul 12, 2014 7:40 AM

    Sooooo, Brown outperforms him last year and gets kicked to the rear at the start of camp?

    Wouldn’t the correct thing to do is make Brown number one and see if Richardson can beat him in camp and preseason????

  12. computojon says: Jul 12, 2014 7:41 AM

    More than any other NFL player right now, this guy perplexes me. His college tapes were scary-good. He was highly rated by NFL teams and draft pundits. But he looks completely overmatched in the NFL. I don’t know how he could be flopping so badly at the NFL level, but unquestionably, he has, at least so far.

  13. ufanforreal says: Jul 12, 2014 8:00 AM

    mrbigass says: Jul 12, 2014 7:40 AM

    Sooooo, Brown outperforms him last year and gets kicked to the rear at the start of camp?

    Wouldn’t the correct thing to do is make Brown number one and see if Richardson can beat him in camp and preseason????
    LOL, get with the program. Donald Brown is no longer with the Colts.

  14. mousietongue says: Jul 12, 2014 8:02 AM

    This is news??? News would be “GM announces we got fleeced by the Browns in a horrible trade”

  15. pftthoughtpolicemostwanted says: Jul 12, 2014 8:03 AM

    “mkar1835 says:
    Jul 12, 2014 7:29 AM

    Remember this one?

    @JimIrsay: This day of MONSTER TRADE,The Tidal Wave Of Deal making…Shocks the system of “..Didn’t see THIS ONE COMING!!!!!!” Grig’s Rollin’ Dice!”

    That tweet is forever engrained into my memory.

  16. 34defense2014 says: Jul 12, 2014 8:10 AM

    No, he’s not a bust! Good player can be great! Just needs to find his way! I’ll take him on my team!!

  17. Canton Bulldogs says: Jul 12, 2014 8:10 AM

    Sooooo, Brown outperforms him last year and gets kicked to the rear at the start of camp?

    Wouldn’t the correct thing to do is make Brown number one and see if Richardson can beat him in camp and preseason????
    Ok but they’d have to trade with San Diego to get him back. Do you people even read the article? They’re usually not very long, I’d say take the extra few seconds…

  18. sewalters79 says: Jul 12, 2014 8:15 AM

    He lived with 17 people in his house in Suburban Cleveland

  19. brownsmakemecrazy says: Jul 12, 2014 8:16 AM

    Hope T Rich does well in Indy. Difficult to learn new play book on the fly midseason. Browns O Line couldn’t run block at all. See Bobby Rainey doing nothing w Browns than running all over place w Tampa

  20. slick50ks says: Jul 12, 2014 8:17 AM

    Fact: Bama players under Saban are terrible in the NFL.

  21. hakunamangata says: Jul 12, 2014 8:21 AM

    That’s nice of them.

  22. indymarc says: Jul 12, 2014 8:24 AM

    Trent better perform out of the gate. He’s out of excuses. I would live to see him run like he did at Alabama. I hope this is his redemption season.

  23. fordmandalay says: Jul 12, 2014 8:30 AM

    They need to change the name of the school to Alabusta

  24. rickgjags says: Jul 12, 2014 8:30 AM

    Did anyone actually read the article? Brown is in San Diego now.

  25. djcologne says: Jul 12, 2014 8:40 AM

    I wonder if big Jim was all coked up with blue dye in his hair when he made this trade?

  26. tooz72 says: Jul 12, 2014 8:46 AM

    typical ‘Bama bust

  27. coloradofort says: Jul 12, 2014 9:02 AM

    Browns played the Colts on this one……….and that’s strange to say….

  28. pridewatcher says: Jul 12, 2014 9:14 AM

    Marshawn Lynch seemed to be a bust when he was i Buffalo. Look at him now.
    What I wanna say is: give the man a chance, he now has an offseason with his new team and he tries not to be a bust.

  29. 666undead says: Jul 12, 2014 9:20 AM

    I’m pulling for you, Trent! Go get ‘em!

  30. allhailkingflacco says: Jul 12, 2014 9:26 AM

    Now that Irsay is sober, even he is thinking, “what was I thinking ?”.

    That’s about the time he had a flashback of the old commercial, “this is your brain on drugs”.


  31. uglydingo says: Jul 12, 2014 9:45 AM

    Some great college players sometimes don’t make it in the NFL. T Rich looked unbeatable when playing for Alabama. That is why he was drafted so high by Cleveland. However, something is wrong and it’s not obvious to me why he has looked so ineffective. Cleveland clearly knows why. Maybe he’s not so good.

    andrewluck12, above says he wasn’t that terrible – was he watching??? T Rich showed zilch, after repeated opportunities.

  32. VondyP says: Jul 12, 2014 9:48 AM

    This is the reason the Colts cannot make it over the hump. No run game. Luck is nice but Richardson is forcing the OC to put the game in Luck’s hands every play. Not hard to gameplan for that as a defense.

  33. largent80100 says: Jul 12, 2014 10:17 AM

    Classic Alabama RB, always hyped by the offensive line.

  34. thefiesty1 says: Jul 12, 2014 10:19 AM

    Maybe the Cleveland jinx has worn off by now and he can show what he’s got.

  35. broncofaninfla45 says: Jul 12, 2014 10:24 AM

    I wonder how much dead Money the Colts will have them they cut him

  36. maestro1899 says: Jul 12, 2014 10:25 AM

    I’m predicting a semi-big comeback season for T-Rich. HE will be lighter, he will know the playbook, but most improtantly, the oline should block better this year.

    It wasn’t until late in the season that Indy realized Trent is at his best when they get him the ball in space. So they started throwing him screen passes and he had a nice YPC average. Earlier in the season they kept slamming him inside, but this team is awful at run blocking and simple protection schemes (I still can’t believe Luck has survived these past 2 years).

    I honestly think the biggest problem is Pep Hamilton. He was trying to make this team a “power run” team when all of his personnel dictates that he should be running a shot gun spread. It wasn’t until the 2nd half of the season, after the butt-whoopings STL and AZ put on them, that they started using the spread.


  37. andrewluck12 says: Jul 12, 2014 10:39 AM

    I watched every Colts game last year dingo. And Richardson wasn’t terrible. You know how many times I watched a defender jump the line and grab him before luck had even handed him the ball? A LOT.

  38. maestro1899 says: Jul 12, 2014 10:47 AM


    i watched every game as a non-Colts fan/Andrew Luck owner.

    andrewluck12 is absolutely right. i’m not saying trent was good last year. i saw several times he picked the wrong hole. that’s on him.

    but that team could not block. trent was always met behind the line of scrimmage, and a lot of times, he made the first guy miss.

    donald brown averaged about 1 YPC more, but he was awful too! they ran him on a lot of 3rd down/obvious pass situations. that fooled the defense. but when trent came in, it was almost always a run play because trent didn’t know the protection schemes, at least at the beginning of his tenure.

    i’m willing to give trich the benefit of the doubt. it wasn’t too long ago that Marshawn Lynch was a complete bust with BUF, or so it appeared. he even struggled his first year in SEA before he became who he is now….one of the best RBs in the league.

  39. mousietongue says: Jul 12, 2014 11:02 AM

    andrewluck12 says: Jul 12, 2014 10:39 AM

    I watched every Colts game last year dingo. And Richardson wasn’t terrible. You know how many times I watched a defender jump the line and grab him before luck had even handed him the ball? A LOT.

    But not nearly as often when Brown got the ball…………

  40. jagsfanugh says: Jul 12, 2014 11:03 AM

    I will put a player that hasn’t even played in the league yet higher than this clown. STORM (awesome name), 7th round pick by the Jags. GO JAGS!

  41. raynman49 says: Jul 12, 2014 11:28 AM

    They’d be better off begging Lydell Mitchell out of retirement.

  42. keepingitlogical says: Jul 12, 2014 11:50 AM

    Jul 12, 2014, 7:17 AM CDT
    Fact: Bama players under Saban are terrible in the NFL

    You mean like the Offensive Rookie of the Year???

  43. edavidberg says: Jul 12, 2014 12:01 PM

    Trent Richardson did not run the forty at the combine. He ran it at his pro day. Was it electronically timed there? Was it on a faster turf? I don’t give near the weight of a pro day forty compared to a combine forty for the difference in turf and equipment.

    Mark Ingram actually rebounded last year and looked like a decent player. I think he lost weight and re-dedicated himself. If Trent loses some pounds and makes other adjustments he could become a decent running back this year and make the best of it.

    I bet the Colts are going to think twice before investing a first rounder in. running back again.

  44. mrfrostyj says: Jul 12, 2014 12:11 PM

    I love how many psychics there are commenting on this story. Especially since the Richardson trade was universally viewed as a major steal for Indianapolis and “Cleveland being dumb looser Cleveland giving up on the season” when it happend.


    Any team in the league would have made that trade as it’s not like the Colts are a bottom feeder team looking for a superstar to boost ticket sales. They took him because they wanted that 900+ yards production he pulled off on a rookie season where he broke many Browns rookie records and only stayed under 1000 yards due to the injury that ended his season early and that was with no off season workouts or pre-season due to surgery.

    What no one took into account was how much that rookie season production was dependent on Richardson playing behind a bunch of pro bowlers on his offensive line (the same thing that made Peyton Hillis look like superman before him and will probably make Ben Tate a top 5 rusher this year).

    My opinion was that Cleveland’s offense was built to make the best of Richadsons skill set (seeing as they drafted him). Colts just tried to plug a guy in and hoped for the best which is exactly like they did at QB when Manning went down.

  45. blueshoebrawlers1977 says: Jul 12, 2014 12:24 PM

    Of course it comes as no surprise to see ALL the criticism if Trent Richardson. Anytime you become a threat to the NFL which is once again the case in Indianapolis, it is to be expected. There were many circumstances in play for the below average performance by Trent Richardson and THE ENTIRE INDIANAPOLIS RUNNING GAME. Without breaking down EVERYTHING for the likes of MOST on here to bash, I will just say this: If Richardson performs below average while looking like he would rather be on Soul Train rather then running the ball for Indianapolis again this year, I WILL BE FIRST TO SAY BENCH HIM!!!! I remain optimistic about that he will begin to look more like the former Crimson Tide superstar then the shell of himself we seen last season. He has had the proper time and coaching to become more familiar and comfortable with the offense. He shouldn’t have to think nearly as much, rather react and allow his God given abilities and talent to carry him back to an elite level. This is why he was a high draft pick, and why Indianapolis ownership,coaches,players, and fans remain hopeful that he can replicate and return to that form. Last season IT WAS OBVIOUS when he was in the Colts were pounding it between the tackles….and FOR ANYONE WHO WATCHED INDIANAPOLIS ALL SEASON KNOWS HOW HORRENDOUS THE INTERIOR OF THE OFFENSIVE LINE PLAYED. With the addition of new personnel and the emergence of Andrew Luck, THERE WILL NOT BE A C CHANCE FOR OPPOSING DEFENSES TO STACK THE BOX!!!! If so…look for Luck TO SHRED which in turn WILL OPEN UP LANES IN THE RUN GAME. So before you read ANYTHING ELSE from sources IGNORANT to Indianapolis and their vision as an Elite Organization, stop and think…Is it really that bad? Is there legitimate reasons for Richardson’s poor play last season? Has Indianapolis turned a blind eye towards the obvious weak links in their armour,? Give the young man a chance and Stop Criticizing…Because the same ones bashing Indianapolis and Richardson WILL BE THE SAME ONES JUMPING BACK ON THE WAGON THE FIRST TIME HE PLAYS AT A HIGH LEVEL…THAT IS, unless you’re just a hater or troll who has nothing better to talk about their OWN TEAM…The Colts WILL BE GOOD FOR ANOTHER DECADE, REGARDLESS OF WHAT CRITICS OR THE MEDIA THINKS, AS LONG AS ANDREW LUCK IS UNDER CENTER…INDIANAPOLIS IS NEVER OUT!!!! CANNOT WAIT for Camp to get underway as The Season fastly approaches. We R COLTSTRONG!!! GoHorse

  46. ubepunkedagain says: Jul 12, 2014 12:54 PM

    Man did the Browns fleece the Colts on this one. I remember Colt fans coming up with every excuse in the book for this guy. He is a RB, it doesn’t take time to learn the system. Hand off, find a hole and hit it. Then they said it was the Browns and their OL but the guy couldn’t even muster 3 yards a carry in Indy. Then they said he was a great blocker but the guy whiffed on more blocks than even the Colts coaching staff could handle in fear of losing Luck.

    Colts will be lucky to be a .500 team this year, especially if they are handing out jobs to average players. There aren’t many teams Richardson could start on and more that he couldn’t even make the roster including his old team the Browns who took a bad situation and upgraded across the board all the while recouping a first round pick.

  47. realnflmaster says: Jul 12, 2014 1:12 PM

    LOL this guy is such a bum. Steal of the century for Cleveland.

  48. brownsalwaysrebuilding says: Jul 12, 2014 1:35 PM

    Browns basically got Manziel for Richardson.

    They used the pick they received for T.Rich to draft Johnny Football.

  49. brownsmakemecrazy says: Jul 12, 2014 2:09 PM

    To the moronic comments above about all Alabama players being busts and all Saban players being horrible

    Yeah Julio Jones really is horrible right?
    Marcel Darius he blows right?
    DeMeco Ryans he is awlful
    DJ Fluker boy is a bad lineman
    Boy Dee Miliner had a horrible 2nd half of the season for the Jets right?

    Some of you never let the truth get in the way of your stories.

  50. thetroofishere says: Jul 12, 2014 2:37 PM

    He needs a dark sun visor for his helmet. Pre-snap, he stares at the opening he’s supposed to go to which is a dead giveaway to defenders.

    That’s how he is consistently met in the backfield as soon be get the hand off.

  51. ytownjoe says: Jul 12, 2014 10:46 PM

    Alabama must have had the greatest line in college football.

  52. crackerjackisracist says: Jul 12, 2014 11:30 PM

    I’ll never forgive him for ruining my fantasy season

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