By Jason Mullins, Colts Correspondent, Sun, Aug 24th 12:00am EDT
Trent Richardson was only able to manage 17 yards on 2.8 YPC on an evening which the Colts offense as a whole struggled. Inconsistent offensive line play is partly to blame for the poor showing, allowing Richardson to be met by defenders in the backfield often. Despite the meager numbers, Richardson was able to break a couple of impressive runs. (Source: Jason Mullins)
Fantasy Impact: Richardson's most impressive play was a five yard gain on a run up the middle during which he made several defenders miss. Thanks to a nifty spin move and some tough running he was able to turn a potential loss into a gain. He will need to continue this hard-nosed running to overcome the Colts' offensive line issues. T-Rich figures to be a gamble at his current ADP of 28.
By Nathan Tucker, Colts Correspondent, Wed, Aug 20th 11:54pm EDT
Mike Wells of ESPN.com discussed Richardson's slow start to the preseason. Both the coach and general manager understand that he has put in a lot of work to improve his game, but also realize they must run the ball better and start doing so soon. Maybe some motivation from Ryan Grigson will help light a fire under Richardson. "Trent, he needs to answer the bell and do his job to the best of his ability," Colts general manager Ryan Grigson said. "We're all accountable here." (Source: ESPN
Fantasy Impact: Richardson has averaged just 2.4 yards per carry, even lower than his season average last year (2.9). He has performed just like the running back that disappointed both Colts fans and fantasy owners a season ago. At this point it's best to draft him as bye week replacement and even consider taking a late round flier on Ahmad Bradshaw.
By Graham Barfield, Colts Correspondent, Sat, Aug 16th 9:09pm EDT
Trent Richardson has gotten off to a fairly slow start this preseason. Through two games, Richardson has carried the ball 14 times and has gained 34 yards.
Fantasy Impact: Richardson is currently being drafted in the middle of the 5th round. This is a dangerous price for a player that really bottomed out last year after being traded to the Colts when he managed only 3.0 yards per carry in 2013. He is FantasyPros consensus ranked RB29. Approach Trent Richardson with caution.
By Ryan Sacks, Colts Correspondent, Mon, Aug 11th 9:15am EDT
The Colts have brought in former star RB Edgerrin James to work with Richardson during training camp. (Source: NBC Sports
Fantasy Impact: The Colts appear to be pulling out all the stops to get the most out of their starting tailback. While it can't hurt to get advice from a former All-Pro, at some point results on the field have to overtake positive quotes and undertakings off of it. Trent remains a boom or bust RB3 heading into the season.
By Ryan Sacks, Colts Correspondent, Fri, Aug 8th 10:15am EDT
Richardson rushed the ball 5 times for 13 yards in his first preseason game.
Fantasy Impact: Other than a nice 8 yard gain, Richardson looked much the same as he did the majority of last year. The Colts will give him every opportunity to succeed, but this outing did nothing to quiet the preseason doubters about his 2014 outlook.
By Jason Mullins, Colts Correspondent, Tue, Aug 5th 11:22am EDT
Richardson, during the post practice interview session on Monday, repeatedly mentioned his level of comfort in the Colts' scheme. He alluded to his ability to play more instinctually and make better in-game decisions based upon familiarity with the playbook and his teammates. (Source: Jason Mullins)
Fantasy Impact: Richardson was a standout back in college, setting the NCAA single season rushing record with 1,679 yards. He clearly has the talent to be a feature back moving forward, but will have to improve upon his 2.9 ypc average moving forward. Being able to react quickly in game scenarios and rely on that talent will be key in bouncing back from last year's dismal performance. Richardson will be an RB2 with RB1 upside on draft day.
By Jason Mullins, Colts Correspondent, Sun, Aug 3rd 1:48pm EDT
Richardson ran for a "significant gain" off the right side of the line. The play occurred on a fourth and two, as the Colts were practicing various short yardage scenarios on Saturday. (Source: Colts.com
Fantasy Impact: Richardson looks to be much more comfortable in the offense than last season. He has had an entire off-season to learn the playbook and become more familiar with the scheme which should improve his ability to make instinctual plays in the backfield. I would anticipate a bounce back year for T-Rich, who is an RB2 with RB1 upside.
By Jason Mullins, Colts Correspondent, Wed, Jul 30th 9:55pm EDT
Richardson suited up for practice today for the first time since July 24. He ran pretty well and was able to make several cuts. (Source: Colts.com
Fantasy Impact: The Colts are taking no chances rushing Richardson back due to their lack of depth at the position. It is promising to see him in action though and it will be interesting to see if he will improve on a lackluster 2013. It will be worth monitoring his touches as camp progresses.
By Jason Mullins, Colts Correspondent, Tue, Jul 29th 10:08am EDT
Trent Richardson is still being held out of practice for a soft tissue injury to his leg. He has yet to practice this training camp. (Source: Craig Kelley
Fantasy Impact: The Colts are likely being cautious with T-Rich as they have already lost Vick Ballard for the season with an Achilles tendon injury. Richardson is expected to be the starter, making notable improvement in his understanding of the offensive scheme.
By Jason Mullins, Colts Correspondent, Sun, Jul 27th 1:28pm EDT
Richardson, who is nursing a soft tissue injury, was held out of practice on Friday and Saturday. (Source: Colts.com
Fantasy Impact: Coach Chuck Pagano appeared not to be concerned with holding the back out, saying "He knows exactly what to do, getting all the mental reps, going through walk-through stuff." Richardson entered camp as the favorite for the starting job but will face stiff competition from veteran Ahmad Bradshaw for that role.
By Jason Mullins, Colts Correspondent, Fri, Jul 25th 10:14am EDT
Richardson will have to compete with Ahmad Bradshaw and Vick Ballard, both returning from injury, for touches in training camp. (Source: The Indianapolis Star
Fantasy Impact: It appears the Colt's are moving away from their run-first approach they employed last season. This will likely mean a running back by committee approach to the backfield. Richardson, who struggled mightily last season, emerges as the early favorite for the most touches out of the backfield. Having a full offseason to acclimate himself to the playbook, he will need to improve upon his 2.9 yds/carry average to retain the lead role. It will be worth monitoring the reps during camp to see which back may assume the featured role.
Razzball | Aug 14th
Hunh? What's that? Run for more than two yards? LOL.
It was reported some months back that Trent Richardson stated his top priority this off-season was was to learn the Colts's offensive system. Ya think? Regardless, his results from last season were filed under 'LOL'. Well, probably not for those who owned him. Then it was filed under 'Florida'. But at this particular moment, it w...
Rotoprofessor | Aug 11th
by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor) While the first week of the preseason generally is more about the reserves than the starters, that doesn’t mean that there wasn’t any fallout for the running back position. Which battles should we be watching? Whose stock rose? Whose
Razzball | Jul 26th
Nick Raducanu from ProjectRoto joins me to discuss his valet draft service, Trent Richardson, CJ Spiller, Sammy Watkins and more!
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