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Coach Chuck Pagano stressed that the Colts need to be patient with Trent Richardson and reiterated the team remains very high on him long-term.
"Wait until he has the rest of this season, wait until he has an off-season with us, goes through a training camp with us," Pagano said. "We've just got to keep it real. He won't make any excuses. And we won't make any excuses for him. But reality is reality. It's not an easy thing." Richardson admits the same thing, saying the whole trade and trying to learn the playbook has been a struggle. "Trust me. You think my career's over with?" he said. "No. It hasn't even started yet." We're still believers in Richardson over the long haul and value him in dynasty. Donald Brown is also an impending free agent.
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Now demoted to the Colts' second-string tailback, Trent Richardson admits he never got comfortable in Indy's running scheme and never fully grasped the offense.
T-Rich's tackle-breaking ability and open-field burst are still there, but he has been running without confidence and seemingly without instincts ever since arriving in Indianapolis. "He came to me, he wasn't pouting or anything," Reggie Wayne explained. "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." Wayne's advice to Richardson was "Do better. Practice harder. Study longer."
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Trent Richardson played on just 13 snaps en route to five touches in Sunday's win over the Titans.
Starter Donald Brown logged 52 snaps, got 16 touches and powered into the end zone with under two minutes remaining to seal the Colts' win. The coaches are trying to win games, not save face on their trade with Cleveland. So Richardson is now a strict backup and change-of-pace option behind Brown. He can safely be dropped in most re-draft formats.
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Trent Richardson rushed just five times for 19 yards in the Colts' Week 13 win over the Titans.
Demoted to the Colts' second-team back in favor of Donald Brown, T-Rich was used sparingly, primarily performing in short-yardage situations. His "long" run of 11 yards came on a value-less third-and-20 on the final play of the second quarter. Richardson can safely be dropped in 12-team leagues.
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Trent Richardson (calf) is active for Sunday's Week 12 game against the Cardinals.
As expected. Richardson was limited in practice this week but was never in any real danger of missing Week 12. He's Rotoworld's No. 30 running back this week. Inactive for the Colts are WR Da'Rick Rogers, RB Chris Rainey, CB Greg Toler, FB Stanley Havili, LB Kavell Conner, OL Khaled Holmes, and DT Montori Hughes.
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Colts OC Pep Hamilton confirmed the team has no plans to scrap its running back committee approach.
"We don't plan on changing our rotation with our backs," said Pep the Playcaller. "We've always been a running back by committee bunch, so we're going to continue to do that." The approach makes sense with Donald Brown now consistently outplaying Trent Richardson. T-Rich would be a poor flex option in Week 12 against the Cardinals. Arizona ranks No. 2 in the NFL versus the run.
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Trent Richardson (calf) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Cardinals but is expected to play.
Richardson popped up on the injury report Thursday and is a little sore. Colts beat writers don't seem too concerned about his Week 12 status, so neither are we. Richardson is barely on the flex radar. He and Donald Brown will continue to split work. Brown is the better play at the moment.
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Trent Richardson was added to the Colts' injury report Thursday with a calf issue, getting in a limited session.
Richardson likely tweaked his calf in Thursday's practice. Richardson's injury didn't really move the needle among the Colts' beat writers, so it's likely a minor issue. Either way, his status will be worth checking on Friday. T-Rich is behind Donald Brown in Rotoworld's Week 12 running back ranks.
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Trent Richardson said he's "not frustrated at all" because "I think I've been playing good."
Both Richardson and coach Chuck Pagano are blaming the offensive line for T-Rich's 2.83 YPC as a Colt. "You look at Trent's runs, for whatever reason, there's penetration (by defenders)," Pagano said. "You feel bad. A guy gets the ball handed off to him and all of a sudden, there's a guy sitting there for whatever reason." Of course, Donald Brown has found far fewer defenders in his way as he's averaged 6.10 YPC since T-Rich joined the team. As Pagano showed last Thursday night, he's going to go with the hot hand. We have little reason to believe Richardson will get warm anytime soon.