Colts ready to feed the beast, Trent Richardson
The Colts planned for Ahmad Bradshaw to factor heavily into the backfield once again during Richardson's second game as a Colt, but Bradshaw missed the entire week of practice and has been ruled out for Week 4. As a result, the Colts have only one runner they trust - Richardson.
Head coach Chuck Pagano acknowledged on Friday that Richardson will be the workhorse in the Colts' backfield this weekend, saying that the team has no choice but to let him carry the load. With Bradshaw sidelined and Week 1 starter Vick Ballard (torn ACL) out for the season, Richardson's only backup is Donald Brown. A disappointing former first-round pick, Brown is not trusted by the Colts' coaching staff to handle a significant workload. Brown will likely be used simply as a runner to spell Richardson when he gets tired.
Richardson has one of the most impressive running back skill sets in the NFL, but he has not yet been able to showcase his skills thanks to playing in a one-dimensional Browns offense. Now on the Colts with ample practice time and a full workload ahead of him, Richardson should have a chance to really show us what he is capable of. To top it all off, he will be playing against the Jacksonville Jaguars, who rank dead last in run defense.
With the Colts likely to lead Sunday's game wire-to-wire, the team will be killing a lot of clock, which means a huge workload for Richardson. Everything is lining up for this ultra-talented 23-year-old to have a true breakout game. It would not surprise me at all to see Richardson top his current career highs of 122 rushing yards and two touchdowns this weekend.
The Colts are going to feed their newly acquired beast on Sunday, and I think I speak for all of us when I say that I can't wait to see how he performs in a dynamic offense with a full workload.