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.