That left Ahmad Bradshaw to carry the load, and while he did fumble he also scored two TDs. Richardson tweeted he would be fine, but we can't always depend on a player for an accurate injury update. Daniel Herron chipped in with five carries. Richardson had rushed 14 times for 77 yards before getting hurt so he was running well. Indy plays in a late afternoon game in Week 8 against the Steelers so owners will need a backup plan in case he's a game-time call.
Saturday, October 4, 2014, 12:05pm
"One guy starts breathing a little bit heavy and I look at him and he looks a little bit tired, I say, 'Hey, why don't we get (Bradshaw) in the game?' " coach Chuck Pagano said. "So Trent comes out, (Bradshaw) goes in, rips off a 10-yard gain, catches a touchdown pass. Trent goes in, runs a touchdown right on the goal line."
So far, there's been plenty of room for both to thrive.
"It takes care of itself," offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton said. "There are times where we have specific plays for Trent and then we have certain plays that we would prefer to have Ahmad run. But at the end of the day, we understand that when you run 82 plays in a game, you want to keep your guys fresh."
The committee situation makes both players flex plays most weeks. This week, even in a tough matchup, Bradshaw is ranked 22nd and Richardson 32nd in standard formats. Bradshaw, of course, has more value in a PPR league and gets a bump to 20th in our rankings. The Ravens are 2nd in allowing fantasy points to RBs so start either with caution this week.
Saturday, September 27, 2014, 12:19am
After averaging only 2.9 yards a carry last season, Richardson has increased his average to 3.8 yards this season while basically sharing the backfield load with Ahmad Bradshaw. Richardson had long runs of 15 and 27 yards in each of the past two games.
Too often Richardson was met by multiple defenders behind the line of scrimmage and went down on initial contact last season. He has improved on that. Ninety of his 156 yards rushing have come after initial contact.
And when teams have put eight players in the box? Richardson has rushed for 45 yards on 11 attempts for a 4.1 average when that has happened this season.
Richardson credits the improved offensive line and playing with Bradshaw, who is averaging 6.0 yards a carry.
Colts beat writer Mike Wells: Not starting Trent Richardson would be admitting that the trade with Cleveland was a complete bust. Richardson will continue to be the starter, but Ahmad Bradshaw will get his fair amount of carries with his load continuing to increase if Richardson can’t hold onto the ball. Richardson was going to be one of the most talked-about players in the Philly game if the Colts had won because he had his best rushing game (79 yards) since coming to Indianapolis in September 2013. Richardson was talked about a lot after the game, but not in a good way. The Colts recovered his first fumble, but his second one led to an Eagles touchdown and played a significant factor in why they lost the game.
Saturday, September 13, 2014, 4:31pm
LB Jerrell Freeman (hamstring), G Joe Reitz (ankle)
DT Josh Chapman (ankle), C Khaled Holmes (ankle), DT Arthur Jones (shoulder)
For the Colts, Ahmad Bradshaw and Reggie Wayne appear as probable ( both not injury related) and practiced fully on Friday and Saturday. Bradshaw is expected to split carries with Trent Richardson and Wayne has a great matchup against the Eagles secondary.
Friday, September 12, 2014, 7:30pm
Colts RB Ahmad Bradshaw (not injury related) took full practice reps on Friday after being limited earlier in the week. We feel that Bradshaw is the best fantasy start of the Colts running backs despite his limited role alongside Trent Richardson.
When the Colts finally are able to achieve the healthier play-selection balance they seek, you can expect to continue to see both Trent Richardson and Ahmad Bradshaw combining efforts in the offensive backfield.
In fact, Richardson – who the Colts traded a first-round pick to Cleveland to acquire last season – would prefer it that way.
"I think it's going to be a good, equal load," Richardson said. "Ahmad knows that once I get tired or once I'm winded, when I look to that sideline or he looks to the sideline, we know how to complement each other. It can be a drive where we have it going. I might have to look to the sideline and say, 'Come get me.' And I know if he does that to go get him. We work well together."
"From game to game, it'll be different depending on the score and how we're using different personnel groups," coach Chuck Pagano said.
"They're both more than capable of being every-down backs. They're both good in pass protection. They're both good out of the backfield. Whether it's Ahmad out there or Trent out there, I feel good about both those guys."
We're expecting Bradshaw to outproduce Richardson because he's the better running back. He's also injury prone, so he's not dependable, but as long as he's active and healthy, he holds RB3/flex appeal.
If Richardson can't improve upon his preseason average of 2.6 yards per carry, Grigson will need to explore alternatives beyond injury-prone veteran Ahmad Bradshaw and unproven Dan "Boom" Herron.
Leshoure would provide more depth at running back after Vick Ballard's season-ending injury. He could also push Richardson to be the primary back if T-Rich continues to disappoint. Bradshaw would still be the most talented back in Indianapolis, but his neck injury makes him unreliable as a bell cow.
Indianapolis Colts coach Chuck Pagano was asked about the team's running game and he said, "it's going to be a work in progress the whole season."
The whole season, and he's not even specifically talking about running back Trent Richardson. Pagano was talking about the whole unit.
The Colts will be fine when it comes to their passing game, but they need some kind of production out of running backs Trent Richardson, Ahmad Bradshaw and Daniel "Boom" Herron to keep the defense honest.
"I don't think it's where we want it," Pagano said about their ground game. "I think we're headed in the right direction. ...We're still working at it. We've had some lineup changes, obviously, on the offensive line. We went through a whole season last year with that, from a continuity standpoint getting those guys together. We got (tight end) Dwayne (Allen) back."
Pagano doesn't sound the least bit positive about the running game, but it could be a motivational tool. Indianapolis is averaging 3.5 yards a carry as a team in the preseason while also dealing with injuries at center and right guard in the preseason. Starting center Khaled Holmes has missed the past two games with an ankle injury and guard Jack Mewhort missed a game with a knee issue. Richardson and Bradshaw have some mid-to-later round potential depending on your league format.
Colts RB Trent Richardson’s first run of the preseason was for 8 yards, giving the indication that good things were to come with him. But he gained only 26 yards since then. The New York Giants, according to HC Chuck Pagano, loaded up the box on more than 20 of the first 30 plays of their preseason game last weekend. Richardson’s two longest runs -- 8 yards each -- came with Andrew Luck in the shotgun. Richardson's running with better instincts. It's just not showing up in the results, which is the determining factor.
Richardson averaged a woeful 2.9 YPC after joining the Colts, but he blames the learning curve he faced after joining a new offense midseason. Since they gave up a first round pick for him, he’ll have the backing of this Colts regime, but OC Pep Hamilton wasn’t afraid to give more work to Donald Brown given the disparity in the quality of play between the two backs. The offseason has gone pretty well for T-Rich — Brown is now out of the way, but the Colts did re-sign Ahmad Bradshaw. As the #20 RB off the board in the 5th round, it appears that fantasy owners are expecting Richardson to post RB2 numbers. Even that may be a stretch given his career output.
Wednesday, August 13, 2014, 6:16pm
The Colts are going to take a wait-and-see approach with running back Ahmad Bradshaw. Bradshaw didn’t play against the New York Jets last week and he’s wearing a red no-contact jersey in practice. “We'll see where he's at from a physical standpoint (Friday), see how he's feeling and then make a decision if we want to play him or not," HC Chuck Pagano said.
Bradshaw's ADP is in the final rounds, but he could end up getting the lion's share of the carries for the Colts if Trent Richardson doesn't turn things around from last year's dismal performance. Bradshaw is obviously a health concern, but he's someone to keep in mind in the later rounds.
"There are not a lot of guys that have been through neck surgeries and a year later they are playing football again, especially at my position," Bradshaw said recently, via The Herald Bulletin. "Right now, as we speak, I am as confident as anything going in. I don't think about my neck at all playing, and I am just shooting forward from here on."
Bradshaw isn't sure if he will get the green light to make his 2014 preseason debut Saturday versus the Giants, but is confident that he will ready to play against the Broncos in the regular-season opener.
Tuesday, August 5, 2014, 1:15pm
“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, via the Indianapolis Star.
This year Richardson believes his greater understanding of the offense will allow him to play a greater role on the team.
“I can’t wait to be involved in the passing game, even if it’s just pass blocking,” Richardson said. “I’m trying to be a three-down back. It would be four if they let me play special teams.”
Richardson averaged a woeful 2.9 YPC after joining the Colts, but he blames the learning curve he faced after joining a new offense midseason. Since they gave up a first round pick for him, he’ll have the backing of this Colts regime, but OC Pep Hamilton wasn’t afraid to give more work to Donald Brown given the disparity in the quality of play between the two backs. The offseason has gone pretty well for T-Rich — Brown is now out of the way, but the Colts did re-sign Ahmad Bradshaw while Vick Ballard is back from a knee injury. As the #20 RB off the board in the 5th round, it appears that fantasy owners are expecting Richardson to post RB2 numbers. Even that may be a stretch given his career output.
This version of that now-familiar ballad comes back to the Colts' running back being more "comfortable" with the offense in his first offseason under offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton.
"The comfort level is so much better now," Richardson said, per ESPN.com. "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."
The running back recently returned from a hamstring tweak that kept him out of the beginning of training camp. The health and familiarity with the game plan have the Colts once again singing the praises of 2012's No. 3 overall pick. TRich has looked good so far in camp which means a bounce-back season could prove to be a huge value for an owner who drafts him. However, Richardson's stock is climbing. We have him ranked 31st on our RB list, but his ADP of the 6th round is higher than guys ranked around him like Lamar Miller, Maurice Jones-Drew and Pierre Thomas, who can be had in the seventh round or later.
HC Chuck Pagano had this to say on Trent Richardson’s progression through camp: “No. 1, he’s healthy. I think some of the runs that you’re talking about you are starting to see the hard work, a full offseason, comfort with the scheme, terminology, being around the offensive guys, the guys that are lined up in front of him, and you are starting see (Richardson) put a foot in the ground, see a hole and burst through the line of scrimmage.”
Writer Kevin Bowen’s Analysis: We’ve seen Richardson full-go for the last three practices (two of them in full pads) and he looks like a guy the Colts need desperately in 2014. He had several “significant gains” during Saturday’s practice and is showing off some cuts that we didn’t see earlier this offseason. Pagano seemed very pleased with where Richardson is currently at, as camp reaches the halfway point. Richardson’s return has also allowed the Colts to lessen the load for Ahmad Bradshaw, which is nice for a veteran that has battled injuries throughout his career.
Richardson continues to get positive reviews in camp, and if the Colts can get anything out of him in 2014 it will create some balance with what should be a potent passing attack. Richardson ranks 31st on our list, but his ADP is the 6th round. Drafters seem to be taking a gamble here and if you want TRich, you likely will have to as well. We have Richardson ranked near guys like Lamar Miller, Pierre Thomas, Maurice Jones-Drew and Steven Jackson - and all of their ADPs are the 7th round or later.
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