A lot of people would classify Trent Richardson‘s time with the Indianapolis Colts as a disappointment. The Colts thought they were getting an impact player when they traded a first-round pick to the Cleveland Browns for him. Richardson struggled to get his feet going in the offense last season, as he appeared to be thinking too much which slowed him down.
To be fair to Richardson, he was put in a difficult position. He wasn’t expected to be the bell-cow running back right away and was put in when Ahmad Bradshaw was injured. On his first carry, Richardson was able to score a touchdown and fans may have seen this as a sign of the future. But little did they know that was going to be the highlight of the season.
Many people thought that coming in mid-season as a running back would be an easy transition for Richardson. It is the one position where the reads are limited and athleticism can take over. However, last year showed that no matter what the position they have to have an understanding of the playbook. He was very hesitant hitting the holes and clearly didn’t play up to the speed he was expected to.
This year in training camp Richardson has played very well in practice. He has admitted he feels comfortable and even ESPN reporter Mike Wells took note of it. This is big news considering Vick Ballard is lost for the year and Bradshaw appears he cannot be counted on for a full season.
Being comfortable is going to be a big thing for Richardson moving forward. I am willing to believe that his first season in Indianapolis was a disappointment because of circumstances. This year he doesn’t have that excuse, and there is going to be pressure put on him to perform at a high level. Being comfortable in the offense is going to go a long way in improving his play.