It’s safe to expect Trent Richardson to get several more touches than the 13 he got against the San Francisco 49ers. It was his first game with the Indianapolis Colts, and he had just a few days to learn as much about the offense as he could after the Cleveland Browns shipped him off for a 2014 first-round pick.
Indianapolis could not have asked for a better opponent for a team trying to build chemistry with a new running back than the Jacksonville Jaguars. There is plenty of room for error against a terrible team like the Jags, so Indy should not be afraid of a new addition’s inexperience with the offense. In fact, they should use the game to give Richardson as much experience as possible with his new team.
The Colts are going to control this game and it will likely turn into a full-speed practice sooner rather than later. In this practice, Richardson will be running through the worst rushing defense in the league. The Jaguars have allowed 167.7 rushing yards per game and 5.2 yards per carry thus far. Furthermore, there should be plenty of scoring opportunities as the Jags have allowed 30.7 points per game at this stage of the young season.
The Colts clearly want to win immediately and will look to hit the ground running with Richardson. They didn’t trade away their first-round pick for a project. Indy will want to get him in sync with the offense fast, and there is no better place for that than in Jacksonville on Sunday.