Colts land Richardson in blockbuster trade; how the stud runner fits with his new offense
According to FOX Sports' Jay Glazer, the Colts have acquired running back Trent Richardson in a trade with the Cleveland Browns. The Browns have reportedly received a future first-round draft pick from the Colts.
Richardson, the third overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, is one of the most talented runners in the NFL. He packs 228 pounds into a cut 5'9'' frame, but also possesses great speed, quickness, and vision. Though his strength is in the power running game, Richardson also excels at catching passes out of the backfield. He'd be a fit in any team's offense, but let's see how he fits in with the Colts:
General manager Ryan Grigson was obviously not content with the injury-prone Ahmad Bradshaw as the team's only semi-reliable backfield option. The Colts now have a runner who should be incredibly reliable, as Richardson excels in all facets of the game, and even when he does suffer injuries, he has proven that he can play through them.
The Colts run a multitude of blocking schemes, all of which Richardson could succeed in. He has the patience, quickness, and lateral agility to produce in a zone blocking scheme, but also has the burst and explosiveness to get through the holes created by a power blocking scheme.
Richardson has posted a disappointing average of 3.4 yards per carry through two weeks of the 2013 season, but I expect that number to rise significantly. In the Colts' west coast style offense, Richardson will see plenty of work, and a dynamic passing game led by quarterback Andrew Luck will force defenses to focus on players other than Richardson - a luxury he did not have in Cleveland.
Richardson will be forced to face the San Francisco 49ers and their ferocious defense in his Colts debut, but he could very well be a top-five fantasy running back for the rest of the season - or even better. This is a huge acquisition for the Colts, who now have the personnel to field an extremely balanced, dynamic, and dangerous offensive attack.
As for the Browns, it appears that new general manager Mike Lombardi is calling it quits on the 2013 season. The Browns already had a major question mark at quarterback, and they now have an even bigger one at running back. Their defense looks like it could be fantastic this season, but their offense is bound to be pathetic until they begin rebuilding through the draft.