Colts GM on running back situation: ‘Best players play’

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The Indianapolis Colts made an early mid-season trade to bring in Cleveland Browns running back Trent Richardson. In doing so it looked like the Colts had rounded out their offense with a quality running back, but it didn’t quite pan out like they had hoped. Richardson rushed 157 times for 458 yards and a meager 2.9 yards per carry.

The Colts’ Vick Ballard was going to be the starting running back heading into the season but tore his ACL in practice early in the season playing in just one game, prompting the trade for Richardson. The surprise of the 2013 season might be running back Donald Brown who led the team with 537 yards and a solid 5.3 yards per carry.

So in 2014, who starts at running back?

“At any point in time you’ll know how we do things with the Colts, it’s the best players play,” Colts general manager Ryan Grigson said, via ESPN. “Iron sharp as iron. We’re going to try to have the most competition at each position group and whoever wins that spot is going to be the starter and it’s who is going to get us to that next level, which is Super Bowl XLIX and that’s the mindset. You’re either all in or all out.”