When the Indianapolis Colts lost Vick Ballard to injury, they made a quick and drastic decision by trading for Trent Richardson. The move showed their commitment to winning now. Unfortunately for the Colts, Richardson’s efficiency hasn’t been up to par so far.
In two games with the Colts, Richardson has rushed 33 times for 95 yards. That is an average of less than 3 yards a carry.
“(Richardson) is a between-the-tackles, hard-nosed, tough, rugged runner,” Pagano said,via NFL.com. “And he’s got 4.4 speed. So if he gets to the second level, and happens to break a tackle, he can take it the distance. And that’s gonna happen. That’ll come. He’s a young player still. He’s learning, and obviously making the transition coming over from Cleveland, being here now for three weeks.”
Richardson made similar statements this week.
“I know the 100-yard games are going to come,” Richardson said, via King5.com. “And I do say games, because I know there’s going to be more than one. When it does come, it’s going to keep coming.”
Clearly learning a playbook in a week is a tall order, but Richardson seems to be learning quickly.
“This week’s been much easier,” Pagano said. “Things are slowing down. It’s been a big gain over these last two weeks, this is only my second full week here.”