The “bust” label tends to be thrown out to any player drafted in the first round that does not live up to his hype right away. Granted most of the time the label is well deserved, but for Trent Richardson, whom is entering his third season, it is not.
For the first time in his career Richardson will have had a full offseason to work with the same offensive coordinator. After coming off a year in which he averaged only 2.9 yards per carry, Richardson looks to get back to the player that made him the third overall pick in the 2012 draft.
During his rookie campaign he set a Cleveland Browns rookie record with 11 touchdowns, and was considered the face of the Browns offense moving forward. Then two games into 2013, and the Browns shipped him off for a first round pick in the 2014 draft, a pick that would later be used to trade up for Johnny Manziel.
Richardson s best moments with the Colts last season came when he was used as a receiving back out of the backfield. He averaged a career best 9.5 yards a catch, and found the endzone once receiving.
The Colts will give him every chance to succeed this season, but if he returns to last seasons form, then the bust label might become deserved.