RB Trent Richardson - Free Agent
|5-9, 228||Born: 7-10-1990||College: Alabama||Drafted: Round 1, pick 3 (2012)|
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.
2014 Week 4 vs TEN (20 / 47 / 1 rush, 5 / 4 / 52 / 0 rec)
Richardson's 2.4 yards per carry was offset a bit by his first touchdown of the season, coming on a one-yard plunge in the first quarter. Richardson's lack of efficiency and inconsistencies on the offensive line means that yards per carry number is never going to be great, but the Colts' offensive success and wariness of a Bradshaw injury means he'll continue to get opportunities, both with volume carries and touchdown chances. Richardson also was very successful in the air against the Titans, who gave him plenty of room underneath with the success of the Colts receivers over the top.
2014 Week 5 vs BAL (9 / 37 / 0 rush, 5 / 4 / 10 / 0 rec)
Richardson wasn't as productive in the passing game as he has been for most of this season on Sunday, as the Ravens' stout front seven kept him corralled. While Richardson wasn't incredibly productive, with just 37 rushing yards, it was arguably his most impressive display of vision and elusiveness since he's been in Indianapolis. He still lacks the burst to really take advantage of some available big plays, but he's producing when given the chance. Unfortunately for Richardson owners, Ahmad Bradshaw is still firmly locked into a key role.
2014 Week 6 vs HOU (17 / 41 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Richardson's yards per carry numbers are beginning to trend down again, as he's averaged 2.7 yards per carry over the last three weeks. Richardson did have a key carry inside the Texans 10-yard line early on, which he converted into his second touchdown of the year. But, Ahmad Bradshaw is still the main red zone threat, and would catch another touchdown pass later in the game. One odd note for Richardson: He was 12th among all running backs in receiving targets going into Week 6, but wasn't targeted at all against the Texans.
2014 Week 7 vs CIN (14 / 77 / 0 rush, 5 / 4 / 41 / 0 rec)
He didn't find the end zone, but it was Richardson's most productive day as a Colt, running the ball efficiently and making moves in the open field in the passing game. In a bit of a blowout, against the Bengals' lowly run defense, it was to be expected. Richardson still needs to prove he can be trusted week-to-week, or he's still a low-end flex play at best. He's dealing with a hamstring tweak and underwent an MRI for the injury on Monday.
2014 Week 9 vs NYG (7 / 33 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 9 / 0 rec)
Although he saw the bulk of the Colts' few early-game carries, Richardson only played 22 total snaps, half of Ahmad Bradshaw's. It was Bradshaw who got the late-game carries to seal the win, Bradshaw who got the snaps in the red zone. Richardson will sneak a good game or two in by virtue of playing in a high-flying offense, but good luck figuring out which week that will be.
2014 Week 11 vs NE (7 / 0 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 21 / 0 rec)
It was a decidedly Richardson-esque game as the former first-round pick gained zero yards on the ground and routinely looked too slow in his attempt to get to the edge. Richardson did have a nice 21-yard catch, but wasn't a big part of the Colts' passing offense. That role may increase in coming weeks, however, as Bradshaw left the game with what would be a fractured ankle. He may miss the rest of the season, making Richardson a prime candidate for an increase in both receptions, carries and (most importantly) red zone opportunities.
2014 Week 12 vs JAX (13 / 42 / 1 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Richardson's apparent benching on Sunday surprised media, as Dan Herron got the start. But Richardson said after the game that the starting lineup only flipped because he was still feeling under the weather before kickoff. Richardson ended up outsnapping Herron, and while Richardson's woes running the ball continued, he did find the end zone in the second half for his second touchdown of the year. That's where his value could increase with Bradshaw's continued absence: red zone opportunities.
2014 Week 13 vs WAS (8 / 12 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
If Richardson's usage doesn't continue to decrease after his latest debacle, Indianapolis is going to be in an uproar. For the first time in nearly two seasons, local media is explicitly calling for Richardson's benching. It's fitting, given the vast disparity between Richardson and Dan Herron on Sunday. Both received eight carries, but Herron finished with 88 yards and a touchdown to Richardson's 12 yards. Richardson is offering nothing in the running game right now, and his pass protection isn't nearly enough to offset that lack of production.
2014 Week 14 vs CLE (7 / 30 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
The Colts may be parroting Richardson's starting status, but the back was starting in name only on Sunday. Dan Herron received 49 snaps to Richardson's 33, as well as more carries, targets and all-purpose yards. Richardson wasn't in the game on the Colts' final, game-winning drive, and his last carry came late in the third quarter. While his average was over four yards per carry for the first time since the Colts' win over the Giants a month ago, Richardson had his sixth game of the season with less than 40 rushing yards.
2014 Week 15 vs HOU (9 / 32 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 9 / 0 rec)
It was a pretty average day for Richardson, who finished with just 11 touches for 41 total yards. He was out-touched by Dan Herron again, but played more total snaps. Richardson started again, but once again it was Herron getting the bulk of the work on the Colts' final drive. Even on a day where Richardson averaged 3.6 yards per carry, higher than his season average, he left yards on the field, ignoring open lanes and forcing zero missed tackles.
2014 Week 16 vs DAL (2 / 1 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 8 / 0 rec)
Richardson was on a limited snap count on Sunday, playing just 18 total snaps. It's unclear whether it was because of the Colts' lack of care for the game or because they were intentionally playing Dan Herron more. Early in the game, however, Richardson was limited to a third-down and passing situation role, perhaps a sign that the Colts coaching staff has reached their limit with his disappointment.
2014 Week 17 vs TEN (6 / 11 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)
It was a fitting way to end the season for Richardson, who barely saw the field in Week 17. Richardson played just 17 snaps, including a few at fullback as the Colts experimented a bit. Considering how little Richardson has produced over the last two seasons, six carries for 11 yards couldn't be any more poetic.
2014 Week 18 vs CIN (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Battling an illness late in the week, Richardson played just one snap on Sunday. Whether it was the illness, the Colts coaches coming to their senses or a combination of both, Dan Herron being the workhorse is the right move for this team. Richardson is the second back at best.
2013 Week 1 vs MIA (13 / 47 / 0 rush, 6 / 2 / 30 / 0 rec)
The poor offensive line play did not stop with the passing game. It was all encompassing! On few occasions did Trent Richardson actually get a hole or lane to run through against the Dolphins. He did manage to do the best with what he was given, making a number of shifty cuts while trying to get out of the backfield. Richardson's vision and agility was solid throughout the game. In addition, Trent was effective as a safety valve for quarterback Brandon Weeden, gaining small chunks of yards through the pass game. The Browns made it near the goal line only once, throwing the ball twice. Chris Ogbonnaya received one goal line snap and Richardson pass blocked on the other, a Jordan Cameron touchdown. T-Rich did not receive a single carry in the fourth quarter due to the Browns falling behind by multiple scores. "It's just the first game," Richardson said, trying to point out a positive after the disappointing loss. "Don't get it wrong. We're going to come back and play hard. This season ain't over with."
2013 Week 2 vs BAL (18 / 58 / 0 rush, 5 / 5 / 21 / 0 rec)
The Baltimore Ravens run defense was very stout on Sunday afternoon. Trent Richardson had a hard time finding any running room against the Ravens, as the Baltimore front seven overwhelmed the Browns offensive line. Specifically, the Browns offensive line failed to get much žpushÓ and rarely made it into the second level on any stretch or pitch running plays. Richardson's two (and only) goal-line carries in the first quarter showed this lack of push very well. T-Rich ran into the line twice without finding a hole, which is a testament to how swarming the Ravens' defense was on Sunday. When given a chance, Trent Richardson showed solid burst and average vision. T-Rich still likes to fall in love with cutting around defenders instead of running by or through them. While Richardson did not have a run longer than eight yards, he consistently picked up between 2-8 yards until the end of the third quarter. Sadly, the Browns running game ceased to exist after the 3:00 mark in the third quarter. For the second straight week, the Browns failed to record a single carry in the fourth quarter. Trent was relegated to safety valve work (which he excelled at on Sunday) and pass protection. Rob Chudzinski's second consecutive mismanagement of the Browns offense is frankly embarrassing. With such a stud like Trent Richardson in the backfield, here's hoping that he is used efficiently in the future. If not, there will be plenty more Sundays like this in Richardson's future.
2013 Week 3 vs SF (13 / 35 / 1 rush, 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
The biggest question of this game was 'how many carries will Trent Richardson get?' Most people were expecting somewhere between 10 and 15 carries for the new Colts running back, and those projections proved correct with Richardson carrying it 13 times. And he wasted no time on getting into the endzone as he found pay dirt on his first carry - a 1-yard dive on the goal line. Yards were scarce for Richardson on this day, but he consistently fell forward for positive gains. Richardson saw targets out the backfield in the passing game as well. On his 13 carries he gave the team a glimpse of what he can bring to the table. With the Colts facing the Jaguars next week, Richardson will have ample opportunity to impress. That said, Richardson owners shouldn't think that he is just going to take over this backfield as Bradshaw earned himself at least a timeshare role with his performance in this game.
2013 Week 4 vs JAX (20 / 60 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)
Everyone analyst you could find was tagging this game as Trent's coming out party as a Colt, and while he did find paydirt, that was about the only positive note on his afternoon. It was obvious that the Jaguars were going to make it a point that Trent wasn't going to run wild on them, as RBs usually do against this defense. Richardson was the bell cow like they said he would be, however his 3.0 YPC line will make fantasy owners scratch their heads. His TD run came on the goal line and he scored rather easily on his first try, taking it off tackle to the left. There wasn't much room up the middle for Trent this game, with most of his "successful" runs coming on tosses or stretch plays to the outside. Being one of the hardest runners in the game, Richardson displayed that notion this game, always churning for those extra couple yards. It almost actually hurt him as on one play he was fighting for an extra few and he ended up fumbling- however a false whistle was blown while he was being stripped so the fumble didn't count and the down was just replayed. His best looking run came on a nine yard rush where you saw his burst through the line, he made a quick cut, making a guy missed, and carried another for a few yards- wasn't anything special but it was a friendly reminder of the type of talent the guy has. He ran it 20 times, he just didn't have much room to make anything of them as you can tell he's still feeling out his new offensive line and the blocking scheme installed in Indy.
2013 Week 5 vs SEA (18 / 56 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Let the frustration continue here. Workload wasn't the problem, he was just really ineffective. Barely cracked 3.0 YPC as all his yards he had to fight for. Seattle's run defense is very solid, however one can only credit to the defense so much when his committee mate Donald Brown was gashing them for 5/6 yards each time he'd touch the ball. It even got to the point of where on the lone goalie opportunity the Colts came across, it was Brown, not Trent, who came in as the goalline back, as he scored a TD on his first crack at it. Trent's not being used much in the passing game as well, seeing those pass heavy downs also go Brown's way. He did have a run of 9 yards that flashed the talent he carries- made the first two defenders miss as he barreled his way for the first down. He's getting the carries as he had 18 in this game, he just isn't much effective with them; and this has been the knock on the guy since he entered the league outside of a few games back in Cleveland. Facing the Chargers next Monday night, hopefully the long week does something for Trent, as he needs to find his groove somehow because up to this point he really isn't showing worth of being traded for a 1st rounder.
2013 Week 6 vs SD (10 / 40 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 13 / 0 rec)
Trent showed flashes this game that we haven't seen from him yet in an Indy uniform; unfortunately those flashes didn't lead to much. He did have his highest YPC average of the year (4.0) but the issues with the struggling OL prevented him from doing much more. The burst is there as you were able to see on a few runs, and the vision isn't an issue for he was making cuts most of the night to get to the hole- it really just comes down to the space he has to work with. He was left in on two-minute drills and more passing downs than he has all season with the Colts which leaves fans with some optimism that he's coming around (finally) when it comes to those situations, situations we've seen Donald Brown in for; and speaking of Donald Brown, he only took 3 carries off of Trent, a season low when it comes to that as well. Trent did have a couple drops out the backfield- one specifically where they got the ball back needing a TD, he dropped a wide open screen pass in the flat where he had plenty of room in front of him (incidentally because of the drop an OL was charged with an unsportsmanlike penalty as he blocked a player "thinking" Trent caught the pass). With the Colts playing from behind and barely having the ball, Trent wasn't able to get many cracks at it. All in all, just looking at the boxscore, one would see a rather normal Trent Richardson statline- however this time around there's some reason for optimism that the ship will get righted shortl
2013 Week 7 vs DEN (14 / 37 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Same stuff, different week. In this episode of the weekly frustration- Trent Richardson continues to frustrate! With an abysmal 2.6 YPC and a long run of 8 yards, this was arguably the worst outing of the season for him, which REALLY says something. He only out-carried Donald brown 14:11 this game and a late fumble which kept the door open for Denver surely isn't going to help his case. Week in and week out it's the same thing- there isn't a burst, he's not being decisive, etc. Now it's to the point where the OL can't get most of the blame as you're seeing Donald Brown get positive runs when he's in- what, the line just doesn't block for Trent? It's also another game where Trent did not record a catch. To say he's not playing like the RB Indy thought they were getting is a huge understatement. Playing a team that allowed a rushing TD in every game this season, Trent didn't even come close to sniffing paydirt. The lone silver lining here is they currently have a bye upcoming- hopefully during this week Trent and the coaches can right this ship of his because at this rate the outlook on TRich is not looking good. To say the least.
2013 Week 9 vs HOU (8 / 20 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 33 / 0 rec)
What's becoming an expected outing, Richardson amassed a "stellar" 2.5 YPC on his eight totes he got as he continued to be a huge disappointment; it was also another game where Donald Brown outperformed him. Watching these games and pulling for Trent is rather frustrating as the OL doesn't block any different for either of the two backs, it's just that Brown is a more successful runner at this point. Trent's lone bright spot was a 24 yard screen on the Colts lead-taking drive in the 4th- however it wasn't like he made guys miss on it, he just had a lot of room in front of him. 8 carries for 20 yards seems like a joke but sadly it's not and it really shows how low Trent's season has gotten as Donald Brown continues to take snaps away from him, a trend that doesn't seem like it's going to end anytime soon.
2013 Week 10 vs STL (5 / 2 / 0 rush, 5 / 3 / 33 / 0 rec)
If any other RB who was traded for first round value had a performance like the one Richardson posted this game, it'd come as an utter shock- but it's Trent this season and there isn't a shocking low at this point; however if there was one, this is it. A žstellarÓ .4 YPC on his 5 touches was downright pathetic. Granted the offensive line didn't do their part, but we're past the point of finger blaming the line with Trent's inept to make any sort of plays on the ground. The lone positive to his game in this one was his 3 catches as he was targeted 5 times, one of those targets being an epic drop. The Colts came out after the game and said they needed to run the ball more moving forward- and if they plan on doing that with Trent as their M-O, goodluck with that idea as he's just a shell of what the Colts thought they were getting when they traded for him a few months back.
2013 Week 11 vs TEN (8 / 22 / 0 rush, 5 / 5 / 31 / 0 rec)
The lone positive from Trent's game in this one is that he caught all 5 of his targets as it seems like the Colts just throw him the ball to keep him active in the gameplan. He kept up his sub-3.0 YPC average in this one as he didn't have one memorable run in this one. The Colts won this game with Donald Brown almost out rushing him on a 2:1 ratio- there's no reason for them to try and even out the carries as Donald Brown is the more explosive back at this point.
2013 Week 12 vs ARI (7 / 15 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 11 / 0 rec)
Yes the Colts were in catchup mode basically from the opening whistle, and yes we know of the Colts offensive line woes, but at this point this is clearly the norm for a Trent Richardson outing. With his seven carries he managed a grand total of fifteen yards with a long of eight- meaning outside of his žlongÓ, he went 6/7, a YPC that it seems anyone could manage. It's the same script different week at this point where Trent wasn't finding holes and he was out there not making anything himself. He hauled in his two lone targets in the passing game, granted he got nowhere with them, but he caught a couple passes nonetheless. Also, if there needed to be some sort of silver lining, a Trent owner/fan could say he outperformed Donald Brown as he only received two carries and he totaled one yard. It was an all around horrid game for the Colts offense and everyone wishes it was just an off game- however for Trent he played like he always has since sporting a Colts jersey. Let the frustration roll into another week.
2013 Week 14 vs CIN (6 / 20 / 0 rush, 6 / 5 / 68 / 0 rec)
Donald Brown naturally got the start, as he should have, however it was TRich who made the bigger impact for the Colts in this one. With Indy down rather early, they took on a passing mentality and it's evident the Colts are factoring Trent in the game however they can so he's been declared their passing down back, not because Brown can't catch, but because Indy just needs the guy on the field to save face; so Trent was out there catching passes, grabbing 4 balls on their final (pointless) drive. Running the ball he didn't exactly look as bad as he has in the recent weeks, still an ugly 3.3 YPC but for him that'll actually raise up his season average. What would be categorized as an otherwise disappointing game for a back of TRich's hype, this one actually was one of his better outings as a Colt.
2013 Week 15 vs HOU (19 / 64 / 0 rush, 6 / 4 / 38 / 1 rec)
Arguably his best game as a Colt. Trent carried the ball a whopping 19 times, and with a 3.4 YPC that gets him just over 60 yards, and with how he's played in the Colts' blue and white, this was a strong showing. Trent wasn't getting much space in this one but his will not to quit on a run got him plenty of extra yards that other backs wouldn't have seen. He was also a key factor in the passing game, as they continue to get him multiple screen passes a game- scoring on one from 9 yards out. With the game in hand the Colts were able to let Trent rush far more many times than he has all year, and it wasn't going to risk the game at all. With the performance he gave in this one if would seem that Trent might have slightly carved himself a bigger role going forward and it's something to monitor next week.
2013 Week 16 vs KC (16 / 43 / 0 rush, 5 / 3 / 15 / 0 rec)
A rather basic Trent Richardson outing in this one- a sub-3.0 YPC and a few catches out the backfield is about what you can expect from him these days. His žhighlightÓ run came on a 4th and short conversion where he got 6 yards. He led the backs in rushes but that's just because the Colts are getting him whatever playing time they reasonably can as he's clearly been out-performed by Donald Brown during this final stretch run of the season.
2013 Week 17 vs JAX (8 / 25 / 1 rush, 2 / 2 / 17 / 0 rec)
Another rather basic game here for Trent as his YAC just barely got over the 3.0 average. He caught a couple passes in this one as well being Luck's safety valve under the defense. Trent's biggest accolade in this one was when the team put the ball in his hands on 4th and goal from the 2- and he got in! Rather easily too. If he'd a gotten stuffed on that opportunity, who knows what his use would have been going forward. But he didn't and he's still going to be the change of pace/"let's get him out there for some reps" back he's been this last month and a half.
2013 Week 18 vs KC (1 / 0 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
His day got ended early with a fumble on his first touch. He never touched the ball again. He was in on a few plays, but the ball was never put in his hands again. The biggest game of the season and Richardson touches the ball one time- safe to sat they'll be ditching the gameplan of getting Trent involved as they're now chasing a title rather than making a trade look semi-formidable.
2013 Week 19 vs NE (3 / 1 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
After his early pull last week due to fumbling on his first carry, many figured Trent wouldn't be much of a factor in this one- and if you thought that, you'd a been right. Only three carries in this one, totaling a whopping yard, Richardson at least stayed consistent with how his play has been ever since joining Indy. In what was one of the biggest disappointments of the 2013 season, the future does have glimmers of hope for Richardson as he will presumably take over the reigns as the Colts lead back next season if they are inclined to let Donald Brown leave. But looking at this season, it couldn't have been any worse for Trent.
2012 Week 1 vs PHI (19 / 39 / 0 rush, 3 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)
Browns fans will be desperate to hear that Trent Richardson was still dealing with his knee injury in this game. Richardson looked hesitant early on, which is understandable considering he has missed the majority of the off-season, but never did he grow into the game. Yes, Richardson was repeatedly hit in the backfield when he had no chance of getting a positive gain, but he also didn't take advantage of the opportunities that came his way. He repeatedly ran into defenders opposed to obvious gaps in the defense. He showed no explosion at all when he did break past the line of scrimmage and hesitated throughout the game opposed to just early on. Richardson's longest rush of the game came on a draw when he powered through two tacklers to gain five more yards than his offensive line gave him. Richardson ran hard and decisive on the play. He gained forward momentum because he hit the hole hard opposed to hesitating. The problem was that that was the only glimpse of the supposed special talent that Richardson is. Richardson's best opportunity came when the Browns caught the Eagles with a draw. Jason Babin and Trent Cole went past the quarterback down the field and the defensive tackles were outnumbered inside. It appeared initially that Richardson was going to break off a huge run with many avenues of space ahead of him, but instead he slipped on the turf and fell forward into a pile of players. Much like Weeden's scamper at the end of the first half, it typified his debut.
2012 Week 2 vs CIN (19 / 109 / 1 rush, 5 / 4 / 36 / 1 rec)
Richardson was as advertised in week two, looking like an elite running back in the making after a tough opening drive. He showed excellent vision late in the quarter, selecting the right hole then bursting through it for a seven yard gain. His next carry was a five yard gain that could have been stuffed, but he fought through tacklers with good leg drive. His touchdown run in the second quarter showed that vision again as he sprinted around the right side and did an excellent job using his blockers downfield before sprinting to the end zone for a 32 yard score. He picked up ten yards later in the half on a 2nd and 18 run that came mostly because the Bengals were willing to give up the run with 45 seconds left in the half. Richardson was bottled up in the third quarter until the Browns third drive of the half, and then he exploded. He bounced of tacklers like a bowling ball on his nine yard carry to start the drive and then made the play of the day on his 23 yard reception to end the drive with a touchdown. He caught the ball at the 19 and sprinted towards the end zone before breaking four tackles inside the five yard line and getting into the end zone. The Browns went to the air playing catch up or Richardson's break out day could have been much bigger.
2012 Week 3 vs BUF (12 / 27 / 1 rush, 7 / 6 / 24 / 0 rec)
After breaking out last week, Richardson was almost completely bottled up against a ferocious Bills front this week. He found no room to run and finished the game with just 27 yards on 12 carries, although he did manage to break free for a 6-yard touchdown run late in the first half. Richardson also saw plenty of work in the passing game and actually wound up leading the team with 6 receptions. Most of those catches came on dumpoffs, however, and were not particularly effective as he added just 24 yards for a disappointing average of just 4 yards per catch.
2012 Week 4 vs BAL (14 / 47 / 1 rush, 6 / 4 / 57 / 0 rec)
The rookie's potent blend of speed and power served him well on just 14 carries against the imposing Ravens run defense, as he got what was blocked and more. Often pushing the pile for extra yards, Richardson exploded into contact, broke tackles and showed piston-like leg drive. His cutbacks were sharp and he protected the ball. The touchdown he scored saved a statistically lacking performance. In the waning moments of the first half, Richardson simply outran the defense to the pylon on a toss sweep. The blocks were there, but so were Richardson's jets as he actually out-ran his pulling guard. With Weeden unable to put much faith in his receivers, Richardson is already a weapon in the passing game. On one play, he picked up a blitzing Ed Reed, released into the flat and took a short catch 15 yards. On another, he made the first man miss in the flat. His biggest gainer was another flat pass he took down the sideline for 20 quick ones, carrying a linebacker the last couple of yards. Can it be long before Richardson is a three-down back?
2012 Week 5 vs NYG (17 / 81 / 1 rush, 7 / 5 / 47 / 0 rec)
Trent Richardson started off the game on Sunday with a bang as he scored on his second carry. Aided by excellent field position due to a fumble, Richardson enjoyed excellent blocking as he walked his way into the endzone up the middle almost untouched by the defense. Richardson's performance and offensive line could not keep this pace up however. Richardson was hit often in the backfield and keyed on by the Giants but still ran with decent success and toughness. Richardson shook off defenders, used the stiff arm well, kept his legs running after initial contact and gave the Browns enough reason to continue to hand off the ball to him. Richardson had more success running outside where he used his speed to create more running room for him as he could outrun the defense to the sideline. He was also a big factor in the passing game where QB Weeden used him on many plays as a check down option. Richardson also got a big gain on the ground via a screen pass, using quickness and vision to pick up a big chunk of yards. He has the vision and talent needed to be a successful RB but lost some production as the Browns were forced to pass more often due to the defense giving up too many points to the Giants.
2012 Week 6 vs CIN (14 / 37 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 17 / 0 rec)
The Browns came out with a clear gameplan to establish Richardson running the ball. Richardson had seven carries in the first quarter alone, but couldn't do much with them. He actually started the game off with two receptions. The first went for five yards off of play action on a bootleg rollout with the quarterback. The second came on the very next play when he caught a pass wide open in the flat before running free down the sideline. That was the most space Richardson would get all day. His first carry was met with two defenders behind the line of scrimmage. His second saw him with two defenders in the backfield again. He evaded them this time, but the Bengals were swarming to the football to restrict him to a gain of a yard. Richardson's longest run came on third and 10 when the Bengals were set up to stop the pass. He gained nine yards but couldn't power forward for the first down. Richardson went out injured after halftime with a rib issue.
2012 Week 7 vs IND (8 / 8 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 11 / 0 rec)
Richardson entered the game officially as questionable with a rib injury. He said he was good to go during the week, but that was clearly not the case on the field. He was the bell cow back as usual on the first few possessions with plenty of snaps and touches. On his first reception, Richardson looked like his usual self, showing patience for his blocking, breaking a tackle, and nearly gaining a first down. At the end of the play, Richardson took an unexpected shot to his torso as he was twisting and turning for an extra yard. He never looked the same after that play. On rushing attempts, Richardson looked just that one step slow and tenuous, which made him less effective. It almost looked a little like the often-criticized Chris Johnson of the past year-and-a-half, running without that edge that can often be the difference in the NFL. Open running lanes were rarely there for Richardson, but he nearly got a touchdown on a goal line carry. Followed that play, Richardson uncharacteristically bounced a goal line attempt out wide, getting stuffed for a three-yard loss. There appeared to be interior room for Richardson to score by lowering his shoulder for the goal line. The final touch on his shortened day came on a third-and-short where the defensive line stuffed the play well at the point of attack. After that point, it was Montario Hardesty as the primary back and Richardson seen on the sidelines with a hat on and looking far from happy. There was a noticeable difference in Richardson's play with the rib injury. Since he was questionable coming into the game, fantasy owners knew there was risk involved in starting him. He was on pace for a disappointing day regardless of his overall volume of touches. Hardesty becomes a more viable option in deeper leagues as he showed well in Richardson's absence against the Colts.
2012 Week 8 vs SD (24 / 122 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 12 / 0 rec)
Richardson came into the game a little banged-up with a rib injury, but you never would have known it based on his performance in this game. Richardson looked very healthy and very strong, showing no ill effects from the injury. He just kept picking up chunks of yardage mostly on rushes up the middle. On one particular run up the middle, the Chargers displayed some very poor tackling in allowing him to break through the first two lines of defense. He reached the secondary and was nearly run over from behind by his offensive lineman, but he regained his balance (thanks to being helped up by said lineman). As he recovered his footing, he scampered off to the end zone untouched for a 26-yard touchdown run. As the game went along, he continued to take big shots from the San Diego defense but shoulder tackles weren't getting it done. Richardson simply ran roughshod over the San Diego defenders; they got in his way and he ran them over.
2012 Week 9 vs BAL (25 / 105 / 0 rush, 9 / 6 / 31 / 0 rec)
The Cleveland Browns made a commitment to running the football in this game and Trent Richardson came to play. The inconsistency of the running back's offensive line was the only thing that prevented him from getting big yardage on every snap. While Richardson was running well and taking advantage of any running lanes afforded to him, he also fumbled the football on his first carry. It was one of many runs when he was forced to hesitate behind the line of scrimmage. Richardson's eyes were downfield, and he didn't hold onto the ball as he was hit by his own teammate. It's at least the second time this year that the rookie has lost the ball in that situation. A situation he shouldn't be losing the ball in. Outside of that play however, Richardson was excellent both as a runner and a receiver. There is no doubt that the Browns' best gameplan revolves around the running back.
2012 Week 11 vs DAL (28 / 95 / 0 rush, 8 / 6 / 49 / 0 rec)
With another high volume game, Richardson continues to be one of the few weekly bell cow backs in the league. He runs with power and balance, yet is efficient between the tackles with his effort. He rarely goes down to the first defender and is a tough matchup for any defender in the open field. Richardson collected 10 total touches in the first quarter alone and 19 touches in the first half as the Browns gained a 13-0 advantage. His best chance for a touchdown came on multiple rushing attempts in the red zone, including once going over the top at the goal line. He was turned away by the Dallas defense. Richardson was, as always, impressive between the tackles despite the lack of consistent push by the line. Outside of Dallas' goal line stand, Richardson's lone blemish came on a third down outside run where Gerald Sensabaugh met him a yard short of the first down. It was a rare occasion where a defender made a clean tackle on Richardson and stopped him dead in his tracks. Richardson also fumbled on the play, which was recovered by Cleveland. One of the biggest benefits of Richardson in fantasy is his involvement in the passing game. He collected six receptions and displayed his soft hands to make high throws from Weeden seem routine. This was Richardson's sixth game with four or more receptions in ten outings this season and the rookie is on pace for nearly 60 catches on the year. In a landscape of few dominant lead running backs, Richardson remains a high RB1 with his volume locked in each week. Even without a touchdown, his total yardage has a very high floor.
2012 Week 12 vs PIT (29 / 85 / 1 rush, 4 / 4 / 27 / 0 rec)
Richardson wasn't spectacular early, but he showed flashes of what makes him great. Rarely brought down by the first tackler, Richardson runs tough and determined. He caught a pass in the flats and ran it for an 18-yard gain. On one play in the second half, Richardson showed the patience of an elite runner when the original hole closed but he waited behind his linemen and bounced it for seven yards. Richardson's best play came from the Pittsburgh 15-yard line when he bursted through a hole, broke a weak tackle attempt at the second-level, and made it into the endzone. Richardson had multiple catches in the second half that were of the check-down variety. On two occasions, he caught the ball in the flat and had a one-on-one situation with a defender five yards away. Each time, the defender closed, but Richardson avoided the tackle and wasn't forced to the ground until a second or third defender closed. He's elite.
2012 Week 13 vs OAK (20 / 72 / 1 rush, 5 / 3 / 23 / 0 rec)
On a chewed up, soggy turf in Oakland, Richardson was the rugged bell cow again this week. This was his fifth straight game with 23+ touches and 95+ total yards. The well-blocked holes by the offensive line were few and far between, but Richardson commonly eluded the first defender and gained more yards than were blocked. He was active in the passing game once again with three receptions, including a key fourth down conversion late in the second half. He was spelled by Montario Hardesty quite a bit in the third and fourth quarter, but was back in the game for the final drive when he plunged in for the score to clinch the victory. Richardson's late touchdown capped another solid fantasy day as 9-of-12 games he has surpassed 15 PPR points.
2012 Week 14 vs KC (18 / 42 / 2 rush, 2 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)
Richardson ran like a man possessed, but the Chiefs did an outstanding job bottling him up for most of the day. Every yard Richardson picked up was hard fought for, including his two touchdowns. In the third quarter, Richardson went over the top for the score on a play that was stuffed at ground level. In the fourth he banged through contact for his second one yard touchdown. While these were the highlights of Richardson's day, they weren't the only thing he did well. There were several times he picked up 4 yards when a lesser back would have had one. The problem was that those were his "long" runs on the day. The Chiefs front seven pretty much dominated the Browns and heavily keyed on Richardson.
2012 Week 15 vs WAS (11 / 28 / 2 rush, 4 / 3 / 4 / 0 rec)
Half of Richardson's yardage on the ground came on a fourteen-yard, powerful downhill run in which the 2012 first-rounder showcased his lower leg drive and nose for contact. Otherwise, the rookie from Alabama faced incredibly tough sledding against the immovable object that was the Redskins' defense in Cleveland. Richardson gained a baffling thirty-two yards on fourteen total touches against Washington, often being met in the backfield or getting stopped in his tracks at the line of scrimmage. The rookie's aforementioned lower leg drive did serve him well twice, as he moved mountains to score two touchdowns for the Browns. On a six-yard first-quarter run, the Redskins met Richardson just before the stripe, but the rookie carried a horde of defenders on his back and willed himself into the end zone. With the Browns down seven after the two-minute warning in the first half, Richardson again made an end-zone plunge, only to have it nullified after replay showed his knee went down inches in front of the goal line. Cleveland called Richardson's name once more and he found paydirt, giving the Browns a four-point lead before the end of the first half.
2012 Week 16 vs DEN (9 / 53 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 15 / 0 rec)
With known injuries going into this week's game with Denver, Richardson's workload was expected to be a question mark. The rookie tallied just 12 touches, but with more efficiency than expected against the stout Denver defense, 68 yards. It was tough sledding for Richardson inside with a majority of his yards coming while blasting through defenders or dragging them for extra yards after contact. Montario Hardesty spelled Richardson more often than in usual weeks and saw bigger holes than Richardson on the ground. Richardson showed off his power and low pad level in the third quarter, dragging defenders for nine yards. In garbage time, Richardson collected three short receptions, including one to convert a fourth down. Richardson has looks like a different back since the nagging injuries have cropped up. With a full offseason to get healthy and get ready for his sophomore campaign, Richardson looks to be one of the few backs with a large workload and the skills to maximize his opportunities into a great fantasy season.