The Colts have been uniformly optimistic about running back Trent Richardson as he prepares to play his first full season with the team and they are doing everything they can to make sure it is better than what they saw in 2013.
Among the plans on that front is having one of the best runners in franchise history work with him during training camp. Edgerrin James was at Colts camp on Saturday and said that he spoke to Colts owner Jim Irsay about giving Richardson “perspective on everything he is going through” after struggling upon his arrival in Indianapolis during last season.
Like many others with the Colts and Richardson himself, James thinks that the time Richardson has been able to spend with the offense this offseason will lead to better results.
“It was unfair to judge him because it is two different systems,” James said, via ESPN.com. “The terminology is totally different and he was just kind of thrown out there. You can’t really get an assessment because there is so much going on for him personally and the things you have to go through in order to be good in this league. This is the NFL; you can’t just sign somebody thinking they can come in and be a star no matter how good they have been. It takes time. Now he has a chance to put in the proper time and the proper work and get to know his teammates and know the different plays so he can go out and play like he did when he came out of the University of Alabama.”
Richardson had 13 yards on five carries when the Colts opened the preseason against the Jets on Thursday night, starting with an eight-yard burst and then scuffling along for the rest of his time on the field. Things will need to be better come the regular season because there won’t be any more easy answers for how to get Richardson going if a full offseason and extra help don’t set him on the right track.