Indianapolis Colts running back Trent Richardson’s season has been a nightmare.
He was abruptly traded from the Cleveland Browns to Indianapolis Colts after Week 2. Richardson scored on his first carry with the Colts against San Francisco, but did not live up to expectations during the regular season. The Colts eventually benched Richardson in favor of Donald Brown. During 14 games with the Colts, Richardson finished with 458 rushing yards and three touchdowns.
Unfortunately, for Richardson, he fumbled on his first carry during Indianapolis’ wild-card victory against the Kansas City Chiefs. Richardson did not have another rushing attempt during that game.
Richardson believes he can redeem himself against the New England Patriots on Saturday.
“You feel like you've got to redeem yourself for it," Richardson told IndyStar.com. “You feel like you've got to make a statement ... That's one thing that my brother has always told me: the fastest way to get yourself on the bench is fumbling the ball. And that replays in my head every day when I come out to work.”
Despite Richardson’s fumble, Colts offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton said he is not afraid use Richardson against the Patriots.
"The game itself, after the fumble, really dictated that we went into more of an attack mode," Hamilton told IndyStar.com. "Trent actually did a great job of playing without the ball. His ability to take on those linebackers and handle all the different blitzes that we started to see, especially late in that game, was a big part of our success. No, I haven't lost any confidence in Trent at all. As a matter of fact, we're counting on Trent and Donald and even Tashard (Choice) because we only have a few backs to be ready to go out and play."
Until Richardson starts playing like a former first-round pick again, he will have plenty of skeptics. Hamilton can express his support for Richardson, but considering Indianapolis gave up a first-round pick to acquire a running back that was demoted to second string, the trade has not worked out well for Indianapolis.
However, Richardson has an opportunity to end this nightmare against New England.
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