Trent Richardson immediately makes the Indianapolis Colts Super Bowl contenders. The Colts were considered a candidate for regression by most heading into this year, but now they have the kind of balanced offense that can take them to the top of a weak AFC.
Earlier today, I posted a piece that basically handed the AFC over to the Denver Broncos, but now that Richardson has landed in Indy, the Colts are a serious contender. Denver is still the front-runner, but Indianapolis is now at the top of the list of challengers to their supremacy.
Richardson came into the NFL two years ago with the skills to be a feature back in the league for years to come. In fact, the only player who may have been a better bet to have a good career as a pro was the No. 1 overall pick in that draft, Andrew Luck.
Well, now Luck and Richardson find themselves on the same team. A team that went from worst in the league to a spot in the playoffs last year, the Colts are now one of the front-runners to challenge the Broncos as the AFC representative in this year’s Super Bowl.
Richardson is just the kind of bruising back the Colts need to compliment Luck and the passing attack. He has the physical prowess to carry the ball 25-30 times a game. That kind of runner keeps a defense honest, and opens the passing lanes for a quarterback that now finds himself at the helm of one of the league’s most balanced attacks.
Indianapolis is serious about making a run this year. They were serious when the year started, too, but now that they’ve added a franchise type running back, they immediately put themselves in the conversation of Super Bowl contenders.