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RB Trent Richardson - Indianapolis Colts

5-9, 228Born: 7-10-1990College: AlabamaDrafted: Round 1, pick 3

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News you need to know

From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Sep 22): Richardson had the easiest matchup he'll have all year, and he even got goal line carries, but it was only a middling flex week yet again for the Colts presumptive lead back. Richardson is just bye/injury/emergency depth, although with six teams off and a good matchup against the Titans, he could have a decent game again this week.

Week 4: vs Tennessee Titans

Detailed matchup analysis coming soon.

Recent Stats and Projections

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1 at DEN 6 20 0 4 3 31 0 0
2 vs PHI 21 79 0 1 1 16 0 1
3 at JAX 14 57 0 4 3 23 0 0
4 vs TEN PROJ-Tremblay 13 * * 2 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 1 vs DEN (6 / 20 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 31 / 0 rec)

Richardson continues to trend downward, as he touched the ball just nine times on Sunday night. Running the ball, he pushed piles forward for 3.3 yards per carry, which is sadly an improvement over his preseason and 2013 numbers, but he didn't force any missed tackles and once again failed to find room for "chunk" gains. Richardson was a bit more decisive in the passing game, although he still left yards on the field. Perhaps the most damning Ahmad Bradshaw was clearly the better back, and Richardson will likely see his impact diminish if Bradshaw can stay healthy.

2014 Week 2 vs PHI (21 / 79 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 16 / 0 rec)

It was a banner day for Richardson, despite his two fumbles (one lost). His 79 rushing yards was his best as a Colt, as the team's offensive line was dominant for much of the first half. Richardson excelled behind heavy running formations, as the Colts' tight ends blocked exceptionally and the Eagles struggled to adjust to an unbalanced offensive line. But Richardson's production dipped to just 22 yards on eight carries in the second half as the Eagles figured the Colts' blocking schemes out. Don't expect such impressive blocking to become the norm, and be wary of Richardson's ball security if his load continues to be heavy.

2014 Week 3 vs JAX (14 / 57 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 23 / 0 rec)

In what may have been his best day as a Colt, Richardson ran for 4.07 yards per carry, the highest of his Colt career. The number was boosted by another Colt-career-high: a carry of 27 yards in the first quarter. Unfortunately, the rest of the game was more of the same from Richardson, who averaged 2.3 yards per carry on his other 13 carries, just two of which gained more than three yards. Richardson was unsuccessful in all of his short-yardage attempts, and Ahmad Bradshaw continues to get most of the red zone touches. Richardson's long run was impressive, but he showed little else on the day and continues to lag a step behind Bradshaw.

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Latest News

Colts | RBs to split the load (Fri Sep 12, 09:06 AM) - Indianapolis Colts RBs Trent Richardson and Ahmad Bradshaw are expected to split carries in Week 2. Richardson rushed only six times for 20 yards in Week 1 because the team fell behind early. However, in his limited work, he showed improved vision and decisiveness.

Our View: Richardson is almost droppable at this point. Bradshaw is a flex play with half of the backfield, and if the Colts are willing to turn Richardson into a backup, Bradshaw could have even more value. New Colt Dion Lewis could also be good to own if Bradshaw's long injury history adds another chapter.
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Schedule

4vs Tennessee Titans
5vs Baltimore Ravens
6@ Houston Texans
7vs Cincinnati Bengals
8@ Pittsburgh Steelers
9@ New York Giants
10--- BYE WEEK ---
11vs New England Patriots
12vs Jacksonville Jaguars
13vs Washington Redskins
14@ Cleveland Browns
15vs Houston Texans
16@ Dallas Cowboys
17@ Tennessee Titans