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Colts coach Chuck Pagano "fully expect(s)" Trent Richardson "to have a great year."

The story the Colts are selling is that T-Rich's 2013 struggles were primarily due to their in-season trade for him, forcing Richardson to learn an offense on the fly and never find a comfort zone. "Coming in under the circumstances which he did would be tough on anybody," said Pagano. "Certainly having a year under his belt and a full offseason ... he's put the time in and has a better understanding of the offense." Fantasy owners seem to be buying the Richardson kool-aid; his Average Draft Position has reached the fifth round.

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Trent Richardson will open camp as the starting running back.

He may be on a short leash, but the Colts obviously aren't going to give up on Richardson even though he averaged 2.91 YPC in 14 games for them last year. They traded a first-round pick for him. Richardson will be given every chance to succeed, with Ahmad Bradshaw and Vick Ballard waiting in the wings.

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ESPN Colts reporter Mike Wells believes Trent Richardson will not be given a long leash by the team if he doesn't produce quickly this season.

Wells calls it "unlikely" the Colts would "wait for him to get going" if Ahmad Bradshaw and Vick Ballard show well early, either in training camp, the preseason, or regular season games. With two weeks before camp opens, T-Rich's fantasy Average Draft Position has settled into the middle of round five. He's going ahead of Ben Tate, Joique Bell, Stevan Ridley, and Steven Jackson.

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Colts coaches say Trent Richardson is now relying more on his instincts when running instead of thinking it through.

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Trent Richardson said he's back down to 225 pounds after ballooning to 240 after his postseason shoulder surgery.

Richardson's cardio regiment was limited after his January scope, and he admitted that he "ate well." He's now back down to his normal playing weight, but we'd love to see him shed even more pounds. Richardson's burst was noticeably brutal during his 2013 campaign. He'll be among the players we're watching closest during preseason action.

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Trent Richardson is getting the bulk of first-team work at OTAs.

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Trent Richardson says he's "knows" the Colts playbook now, as opposed to last year when he merely "remembered" it.

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After reviewing tape of his 2013 season, Trent Richardson said he was trying to do too much.

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Coach Chuck Pagano stressed that it's "very, very important" for Trent Richardson to be present for the entire offseason program.

"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. "We look for him to have a great offseason and to have a great 2014 campaign." The Colts are comfortable with Richardson atop the depth chart, but the leash shouldn't be long if Richardson can't prove his 2013 was a mirage.

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ESPN's Mike Wells believe the Colts are comfortable going into the season with Trent Richardson, Vick Ballard, and Ahmad Bradshaw as the top three running backs on the depth chart.

That comfort is misplaced. Richardson was downright awful in Indy last season, gaining two yards or fewer on 101 of his 188 carries. Ahmad Bradshaw is a walking injury coming off neck surgery, and Vick Ballard is coming off an ACL tear suffered Week 1 of last season. The Colts have also yet to properly address the interior line problems that plagued their running game last season. Unless a few players step up, the lion's share of the offensive load will likely fall on Andrew Luck's shoulders again in 2014.