NFL Rumors: Colts to have open competition for starting running back

Dec 15, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indianapolis Colts running back Trent Richardson (34) runs the ball during the first quarter against the Houston Texans at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports

When the season ended, many assumed Trent Richardson would be given the keys to be the Indianapolis Colts starting running back in 2014.

No, he didn’t do anything to deserve that role – but the Colts didn’t give up such a high quality draft pick for Richardson to sit on the bench.

Add in that Donald Brown, who took over the starting role for Richardson is a free agent and things seemingly shaped up with Richardson starting in the backfield come the 2014 season. But according to ESPN, that doesn’t appear likely – at least not right n0w – as it’s expected the Colts will have an open competition for the starting spot.

It’ll be a wide-open competition for the starting running back position. Vick Ballard, like receiver Reggie Wayne, has to prove he can regain his form after suffering a torn ACL. Don’t be surprised if Donald Brown decides to test the free-agency market to earn more money and a bigger role on a team. He’ll likely start behind Richardson and Ballard on the depth chart if he re-signs.

Maybe more interesting than the open competition is that Brown, assuming he re-signs, would be third on the depth chart despite playing very well in place of Richardson.

Have to think Brown would play elsewhere than become a third-string back.

Topics: Donald Brown, Indianapolis Colts, Trent Richardson, Vick Ballard

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  • Autumn Janzaruk

    Donald Brown deserves MUCH MORE than a 3rd string spot. He has never been given the respect he deserves and I have said that from day one. Love my Colts but please give credit where credit is due. Ballard is rock solid as long as he can kick it after his injury and I have not given up on Richardson as he came in at a very awkward position…middle of the season, had no clue what was hitting him and a completely new system…again. It will prove to be a very interesting off season and forward.

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