Trent Richardson Fantasy News
Colts not handing RB1 job to Trent Richardson
Thursday, February 27, 2014, 11:28am
“At any point in time you'll know how we do things with the Colts, it's the best players play,” Colts general manager Ryan Grigson said. “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."
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Trent Richardson had scope on shoulder
Thursday, February 20, 2014, 5:55pm
'Wide-open competition' at RB1 for the Colts
Monday, February 17, 2014, 10:43am
When asked about the Colts' running game heading into 2014, beat writer Mike Wells had this to say:
"You would have thought this would be a no-brainer when the Colts acquired Trent Richardson from Cleveland. But as everybody knows, Richardson never found a comfort zone with the team. It’ll be a wide-open competition for the starting running back position. Vick Ballard, like receiver Reggie Wayne, has to prove he can regain his form after suffering a torn ACL. Don't be surprised if Donald Brown decides to test the free-agency market to earn more money and a bigger role on a team. He'll likely start behind Richardson and Ballard on the depth chart if he re-signs."
The only surprise here is that Wells believes that Donald Brown would start third on the depth chart after he (vastly) outplayed Trent Richardson in 2013. If this is the case, it's doubtful that Brown will re-sign. He has earned a shot at a starting gig somewhere (or at least as a back that will get a dependable amount of touches).
Trent Richardson plans to 'learn the system' this offseason
Thursday, February 6, 2014, 11:51am
“Learn the system, not just memorizing it,” Richardson said. “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.”
The Colts went from pulling off the biggest trade of last season when they acquired Richardson from the Cleveland Browns for a first-round pick to currently having the move favor the Browns after Richardson only averaged 2.9 yards a carry. The thought of the dynamic duo of Richardson and quarterback Andrew Luck has yet to come together. Richardson ended up losing the starting running back position to Donald Brown on Dec. 1, 2013.
We're not terribly optimistic that T-Rich will be able to turn it around. Other than the 11 rushing TDs, he wasn't very good (3.6 YPC) in Cleveland. And while some would blame the Indianapolis offensive line for Richardson's struggles (2.9 YPC), Donald Brown (5.3 YPC) ran just fine behind the same unit. Brown is a free agent and should be re-signed, but the Colts appear to be "all in" on Richardson after giving up a first round pick for him.
Colts say T-Rich is 'not going anywhere'
Friday, January 17, 2014, 11:55am
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Wednesday, December 25, 2013, 10:21am
Baker has 102 yards on 25 carries, while also catching six passes for 58 yards.
Saturday, December 7, 2013, 1:42pm
But despite all the intensifying chatter on Richardson and his struggles since his much-debated September trade from the Cleveland Browns to the Colts, the team would argue one important angle has been overlooked.
Richardson's lack of success in the short term actually has little impact on the Colts' view of him in the long term. Put simply, the Colts made the trade to fill a current need, but also because they saw it as a deal that helps them in the future, when they believe Richardson can be better integrated into their offense.
As the story points out, the Colts dropping Richardson on the depth chart is not tantamount to the team making assumptions about tomorrow. They stand behind the decision to start Donald Brown on Sunday; even Richardson said it was the right call. It will be tough for owners in keeper leagues to protect Richardson and his stock going into next year could fall. But, he'll be a guy to take a shot on outside of the first round.
Wayne: Trent Richardson felt 'forced' into offense
Wednesday, December 4, 2013, 11:29pm
"He came to me, he wasn't pouting or anything. This was the next day after he found out he was demoted and he said, 'Now I can sit back and actually watch the way it's supposed to be done.' He kind of feels that he was maybe forced into it early without actually learning it."
Whatever the reason for Richardson's struggles, he's playing behind Donald Brown now. Brown should be a solid RB2-type the rest of the way. He is the #21 RB since Week 9.
Colts don't plan to change RB committee approach
Saturday, November 23, 2013, 10:48am
"We don't plan on changing our rotation with our backs," offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton said. "We've always been a running back by committee bunch, so we're going to continue to do that."
The Colts want to get TRich going but at the same time realize Brown has been playing well when getting his chances. Unfortunately for owners of both players, it doesn't get easier this week as the Cards rank second in allowing fantasy points to RBs. We have Brown as a low-end RB3 play while TRich is even below that and is more of a RB4 play.