One of the biggest disappointments at times last season for the Indianapolis Colts was their running game. It would disappear for what seems quarters on end.
GM Ryan Grigson made a huge splash early in the season when he announced that he has shipped out a first round draft back for former third overall draft pick running back Trent Richardson.
Soon everywhere Colts fans and certain members of the media praised the new addition to the second year running back. Thinking that it would instantly become a perfect fit and push the Colts into the elite ranks of the AFC.
Flash forward to now and many are left wondering if Richardson will ever become this elite running many thought he would be. He looks lost at times. and seems to have vision problems when hitting the hole. His 2.9 yards per carry were good enough for last among starting running backs and 115 out of 143 amongst all running backs. Simply put, this needs to change.
So what the Colts really need in the backfield is the young Richardson the Cleveland Browns took with the third overall selection in the 2012 NFL Draft. A hard nose runner when elusive top end speed, that is built to become a franchise back in this league.
Those flashes were shown during his rookie year in Cleveland where he led all rookie running backs in touchdowns and amassed almost 1,000 yards on the ground. Yet from the time he got here, it has been almost as if watching a wrecking ball slowly destroy a building right in front of your eyes.
All is not to blame on Richardson, as his offensive line was one of the weakest units in the league. According to Profootballfocus.com the unit ranked 24th overall this last season, 28th in pass protection, and 20th in run blocking. Mike McGlynn, and Samson Satele might not be back next season as both struggled mightily.
Maybe a full off season will help the young man, and a healthy Vick Ballard to help take some of the pressure off. Only time will tell. Until then, myself and the rest of the media will continue to question Grigson’s decision to give a first round draft pick up for Richardson.
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