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Trent Richardson: 'I think I've been playing good'

By Will Brinson | NFL Writer

Trent Richardson thinks he's been playing well.
Trent Richardson thinks he's been playing well this year. (USATSI)

The Colts trade for Trent Richardson has been, almost unquestionably, a huge bust so far. Richardson is averaging 2.8 yards per carry since arriving in Indianapolis and hasn't looked even in the slightest bit explosive.

But don't tell him that. That former Browns running back says he thinks he's "been playing good."

"I'm not frustrated at all because I think I've been playing good," Richardson told the Indianapolis Star. "If you turn on the film, I don't have any missed assignments. I haven't had any missed reads. I've been playing good. Stuff just hasn't matched up like we thought it would when I'm in there. I think teams match up differently when I come in."

That's ... one way to look at it. Not missing assignments is good. Not whiffing on reads is great. But the Colts gave up a first-round pick for Richardson. He's supposed to be gashing yards and busting off big plays when the Colts get him in space.

He's done neither and the only Colts first-round pick who's looked effective is Donald Brown. Richardson is OK with that.

"But if Donald is having a good day or (quarterback) Andrew (Luck) is having a good day, I think that's a good day for me even if people are keying on me," Richardson said. "That might let Donald get going or let Andrew have a big day. That's a good day for me, too."

Richardson says that he's fine with his short yardage because he's going up against big fronts and that he's been doing his job "the whole time."

"If I don't have big runs because they're trying to stop the run, then I feel like I'm doing my job," he said. "Now, if I'm out there missing my reads and not blocking and not being a (complete) back, that's different. Being an all-around back, you have to be able to block, be able to catch, you just have to make plays every way you can.

"I think I've been on my job the whole time."

Maybe he has. That's for the coaching staff to decide. But the eye test shows that Richardson -- regardless of his assignment -- has been struggling in 2013. And while his confidence is good, the statistics and production don't back it up.

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