It’s safe to say that Indianapolis Colts running back Trent Richardson is quickly wearing out his welcome with the Colts team after having been picked up in a trade earlier this season from the Cleveland Browns. The Colts gave up a 1st round draft pick to get the 22-year-old Richardson, thinking that he’d be their answers to a less than spectacular running game.
Unfortunately for the Colts, the trade has gone bad for them with Richardson playing poorly all season long, and looking nothing like a player who was worth giving up a 1st round pick to get him. Richardson’s terrible play finally came to a head last Sunday in the Colts playoff game against the Kansas City Chiefs when Richardson made a bad decision to try and switch the football from one hand to another while running through heavy traffic.
Richardson ended up fumbling the ball away, and he was immediately removed from the game and not reinserted. In other words, Richardson was benched for the remainder of the game and had to watch Colts running back Donald Brown lead the Colts as their No. 1 running back.
“You feel like you’ve got to redeem yourself for it,” Richardson said to the Indianapolis Star. “You feel like you’ve got to make a statement. That’s one thing that my brother has always 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.”
I’m not sure that the Colts will bother using Richardson again unless it’s for a pass play, because that seems to be the only time where he’s able to play well. He’s not good at finding holes to get through the line despite their being plenty of holes for him to run through. This season, Richardson averaged only 3 yards per carry in rushing for 563 yards on 188 attempts. Last season, Richardson averaged 3.6 yards per carry for the Browns, which is obviously the major reason why they were so quick to trade him away to the Colts when they showed interest in him.
Donald Brown is averaging 5.3 yards per carry for the Colts, and he’s still young at 26 and capable of having a lot more impressive seasons for the team. Like Richardson, Brown is a former 1st round draft choice. Why the Colts felt that they needed to get another running back in addition to Brown is the big question, because he’s quite capable of running the ball 20-25 times per game for the Colts and putting up big yardage.