When the Indianapolis Colts traded for Trent Richardson it sent waves through the NFL landscape. Some blamed Richardson’s under-achieving performances in Cleveland on the fact that he was playing for the Browns.
With the Colts offense and Andrew Luck and T.Y. Hilton on offense, Richardson would face less defenders in the box and play better. That hasn’t been the case. He has 272 yards on 96 carries. That averages out to 2.8 yards per carry, a mark lower than his average with Cleveland.
“I’m not frustrated at all because I think I’ve been playing good,” Richardson said, via the Indianapolis Star. “If you turn on the film, I don’t have any missed assignments. I haven’t had any missed reads. I’ve been playing good. Stuff just hasn’t matched up like we thought it would when I’m in there. I think teams match up differently when I come in. But if Donald is having a good day or Andrew [Luck] is having a good day, I think that’s a good day for me even if people are keying on me. That might let Donald get going or let Andrew have a big day. That’s a good day for me, too.”
Head coach Chuck Pagano is trying to figure it out as well. He did add that he thinks Richardson’s numbers will come.
“I don’t know if he’s snake bit, I don’t know what the heck is going on,” Pagano said. “We’ll get it fixed. We’ll get the holes there. He’s making the right reads, he’s doing all the right things, he knows what to do. He played great without the ball, protection-wise, those things. His numbers are going to come. I’m not concerned about that.”