By all accounts, last year was a whirlwind for Colts RB Trent Richardson.
Traded to Indianapolis in the third week of the season for a first-round pick, there was already pressure to perform out of the backfield despite not knowing schemes, blocking assignments or player personnel.
Richardson, splitting time with Donald Brown, struggled to gain a foothold and impress his new teammates. He averaged a meager 2.9 yards per carry and didn't produce more than 64 yards in any game.
This year's supposedly different for Richardson, the former third overall pick who's been making the most of his first offseason with the Colts.
“To be taking everything slow and know the real concept of the plays [is helpful],” he told the team's website. “Not just going week-to-week and just really knowing why the quarterback is doing this, or why they're thinking that, or why do we got those audibles set up in this play, or why the offensive line is making this call.”
“I'm learning a lot, as much as I've learned in this last week, [it's] much more than I learned last year. The offseason is very important because you have a chance to vibe with your team, to build that respect, to build that trust and then to build that team chemistry.”
That's fine, and Richardson does deserve time to assimilate with his new teammates. But another dismal year in a pass-first offense that protects him with the likes of Andrew Luck, and last year's trade is going to look even more unconvincing.