When looking at the box score, you would think that Trent Richardson had a great day for the Indianapolis Colts. You’d see he had 64 yards on the ground and another 38 through the air with a touchdown. Don’t judge his performance by the box score though.
Richardson once again struggled to get going today. He was better used on screen passes as he got all 38 yards receiving, including the touchdown. That’s where Indianapolis should use him going forward as he just struggles to run and find holes.
Richardson at one point had only four yards on 11 carries today. When facing third and one situations early, Richardson only got the one yard. He just runs so slow from the get go which is his biggest issue.
Donald Brown had 38 yards on five carries in the first quarter which equated out to 7.6 yards per carry. If it wasn’t for him leaving the game with a stinger, then he likely would have had over 100 yards on the ground today.
Tashard Choice had 18 yards on five carries himself. Even Andrew Luck had 28 yards on five rushes.
So why is Richardson the only one struggling?
At first I thought it was solely on the line. They weren’t opening holes for him. But after today, it shows that it is Richardson and not so much the line–everyone else who ran got yards in bunches.
In fact, the one time Richardson actually sprinted when the ball was handed to him, he ran for 22 yards. If he can come out of his break running fast and hard, then he will be okay. If not, then he will soon slide to a third string if he’s not careful.
Eric Smith is the Colts Beat Writer for Rant Sports. He’s covered the team the past four seasons and is recognized as an accredited member of the media by the Colts. Follow him on Twitter @ericsportsguru