Trent Richardson Fantasy News

Colts still believe in Trent Richardson
Friday, April 18, 2014, 3:24pm

Colts.com - [Full Article]

At last month’s league meetings, Chuck Pagano said the Colts will be relying on more than one back in 2014 but are looking for a “bell cow” to emerge.

With a complete offseason in a comfortable setting, Trent Richardson is primed to be that guy.

“It’s going to be very, very important for (Richardson) to be here for the offseason program and to dive into this thing full steam ahead, which he will,” Pagano said.

“He wants to be great. He’s got all the talent. He’s got all the ability. We would have never done what we did if we didn’t believe that deep down in our core. So we look for him to have a great offseason and to have a great 2014 campaign.”

Fantasy Impact:

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 6th round, it appears that fantasy owners are expecting Richardson to post RB2 numbers. Even that may be a stretch given his career output.

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Friday, March 21, 2014, 1:12pm

Mike Chappell, Twitter - [Full Article]

Colts GM Ryan Grigson: Vick Ballard looks great, fantastic. Right on track. Felt good about Ahmad Bradshaw after talking with doctors. Good stable of RBs

Fantasy Impact:

Ballard will be in the mix behind starter Trent Richardson. Ahmad Bradshaw re-signed, so this could devolve into an ugly RBBC in 2014.

Ahmad Bradshaw re-signs with Colts
Tuesday, March 11, 2014, 6:10pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

Colts re-sign RB Ahmad Bradshaw to a one-year deal, per league source.

Fantasy Impact:

With Trent Richardson and Vick Ballard likely back, Bradshaw will join what could turn into an ugly committee. The team wants Richardson to carry the load, but it doesn't appear that he's capable of doing so. Bradshaw is a solid talent and it would not be surprising if he wins the starting gig like Donald Brown did a year ago. Speaking of Brown, this move indicates that the Colts won't be re-signing him.

Colts not handing RB1 job to Trent Richardson
Thursday, February 27, 2014, 11:28am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Will the Indianapolis Colts' 2014 starting running back be Trent Richardson? Will it be Vick Ballard? What about re-signing Donald Brown and making him the starter?

“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."

Fantasy Impact:

If the 2013 season is any indication, Donald Brown should be the starter, but he's a free agent and may not return. The Colts have a first round pick invested in Richardson, so they want him to be the starter. But can he play well enough that starter's snaps are justified?

Trent Richardson had scope on shoulder
Thursday, February 20, 2014, 5:55pm

Ian Rapoport, Twitter - [Full Article]

Colts RB Trent Richardson underwent shoulder surgery following the season, per source. Told it was “just a scope.” Shouldn’t hurt offseason.

Fantasy Impact:

Even if Richardson is handed the starting gig in Indy, there's no guarantee that he won't be passed by Vick Ballard or another back by midseason. That goes double if the Colts re-sign Donald Brown. T-Rich just hasn't looked very explosive since entering the NFL.

'Wide-open competition' at RB1 for the Colts
Monday, February 17, 2014, 10:43am

ESPN - [Full Article]

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."

Fantasy Impact:

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

ESPN - [Full Article]

Colts RB Trent Richardson spent too much time thinking when he took the handoff than running with the type of speed and force that made him the No. 3 overall pick in the 2012 draft.

“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.

Fantasy Impact:

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

Mike Chappell - [Full Article]

Colts GM Ryan Grigson: Trent Richardson. Showed some progress. It's all about comfort level and confidence. We have patience. He's not going anywhere.

Fantasy Impact:

Soon-to-be 27 year-old Donald Brown is the better player, but he's a free agent and the Colts may not have the resources to bring him back. If Brown is out of the way, T-Rich will have his supporters based mainly on his (probable) high workload.

Monday, January 13, 2014, 11:16am

George Bremer, Twitter - [Full Article]

Colts RB Vick Ballard's rehab has gone well. Believes he'll be ready to take the field for OTAs.

Fantasy Impact:

The Colts will have to decide if they want to let their most productive RB (Donald Brown) go in favor of Trent Richardson and Vick Ballard. Brown is a free agent and played well in a somewhat limited role this season.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013, 10:21am

Cleveland.com - [Full Article]

The Browns likely will draft a back come May, but the 5-foot-8, 200-pound Edwin Baker would love to finish the season strong and work his way into its plans.

Baker has 102 yards on 25 carries, while also catching six passes for 58 yards.

Fantasy Impact:

It's still hard to believe the Browns got a first round pick out of the Trent Richardson trade. They'll have seven picks in the first four rounds and will likely draft a RB to take over as the starter. Baker has performed admirably, however.

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Saturday, December 7, 2013, 1:42pm

Indianapolis Star - [Full Article]

Trent Richardson's demotion this week did little to promote the idea that he is the Indianapolis Colts' future at running back.

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.

Fantasy Impact:

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

Stampede Blue - [Full Article]

When asked if Colts RB Trent Richardson had come to WR Reggie Wayne seeking advice on how to deal with the benching, Wayne responded:

"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."

Fantasy Impact:

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.