The Indianapolis Colts are taking a lot of heat for the trade of a first round pick for Trent Richardson right about now, as Richardson has only picked up 2.8 yards per carry over the first half of the season.
The Colts aren’t flinching though, saying that they’d make the trade again, even knowing what they know about his production at this point.
There’s a couple reasons why,” (Ian) Rapoport said on NFL Network’s “NFL Total Access Kickoff” on Thursday. “He’s young. They love the violent way that he runs. Plus, he’s cheap. The Browns are picking up a ton of his tab. … He’s had several head coaches, he’s had several offensive coordinators. The Colts really think that once he immerses himself in their offense, he’s going to go off.”
There’s no doubt Richardson is on the struggle for the time being. The Colts were of the highest order when they made the trade originally and there will be a game where Richardson finds his groove. He simply hasn’t become a trusting back of his offensive line. When he develops it, we’ve seen what he can do on the ground.
The Colts are currently struggling at Tennessee on Thursday Night Football.