The Indianapolis Colts now have two of the top three players selected in the 2012 draft. How often can teams say something like that? Andrew Luck and Trent Richardson will now team up to form a new duo that should greatly benefit both players. But without question, Luck is the player who benefits the most from this historic trade.
Indianapolis hasn’t gotten off to the greatest of starts in 2013. They currently sit at 1-1, but they could very easily be 0-2 with one of their losses coming from the Oakland Raiders. Both of their first two games have been at home and it’s safe to say that business is about to pick up moving forward with a trip to San Francisco coming in week three.
The loss of Vick Ballard was a pretty big blow for this Colts team. Ahmad Bradshaw is still working his way back to 100 percent following offseason foot surgery and it was clear that Luck was going to have to shoulder most of the load moving forward. Well, not anymore. Now, he can hand the ball off to Richardson with lots of confidence that the RB will get the job done.
Indy is still going to be a pass-first team, as they should be with Luck under center, but their backfield’s stock has gone up dramatically. Opposing defenses now have to pay a lot more respect to the Colts’ running game and no one benefits more from that than Luck. At the same time, Richardson’s life will be easier than it ever has been. Brandon Weeden is nowhere near the caliber of QB that Luck is.
This trade is mutually beneficial for Luck and Richardson, but overall, no one is smiling more than the QB is right now.