The Indianapolis Colts traded for running back Trent Richardson midseason and were hoping he’d bolster their run game. Richardson has averaged less yards per carry with the Colts than he did in Cleveland.
Through nine games, Richardson has carried the ball 103 times for 287 yards, an awful 2.8 yards per carry. The Colts have decided to bench him and start Donald Brown in his place.
“It’s a bottom-line biz,” a source told NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport. “Change needed to be made. Donald is our most productive guy.”
Brown has been incredibly productive. He has carried the ball 57 times and rushed for 324, a very above average 5.7 yards per carry.
The two have been remarkably similiar in terms of production in the pass game though. Brown has 16 catches for 151 yards and a 9.4 yard per reception average. Richardson has caught 14 passes for 127 yards and 9.1 yards per reception. Of course, Richardson has been targeted more times and has less receptions.
Colts will bench Trent Richardson in favor of Donald Brown Sunday, per @MikeSilver
— NFL: AroundTheLeague (@NFL_ATL) December 1, 2013
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 1, 2013