It is no mystery that last year’s mid-season acquisition Trent Richardson was a letdown last season for the Indianapolis Colts. Richardson averaged a meager 2.9 yards per carry last season, and ended up losing his starting position to former Colt, Donald Brown.
As many athletes will tell you, the transition of switching playbooks is not an easy one, and is only made worse when the player does not have the offseason to learn the playbook. Now with an entire offseason to fully learn not only the playbook, but also the terminology, Richardson is poised to have a much better season.
On Saturday, Richardson was surprised when the Indianapolis Colts’ career rushing leader, Edgerrin James, stopped by practice to get an up close look at the young running back and give him some pointers.
“I told Mr. (Jim) Irsay I would come up here during training camp and kind of talk to (Richardson) and give him perspective on everything he is going through and help him as much as possible,” said James when asked about his role as a mentor to the third-year pro out of Alabama.
It is hard to say how much help James’ advice will be once the regular season is underway, but having a career 12,246 yard rusher helping is sure to benefit Richardson; which will also help keep pressure off of quarterback Andrew Luck.