When Vick Ballard was announced out for the season on Friday, Colts Owner Jim Irsay tweeted that Ryan Grigson would be working hard until the trade deadline to find another running back.
Grigson’s work came to fruition on Wednesday evening as the Colts acquired Browns running back Trent Richardson for the Colts 2014 first-round pick.
How does Trent Richardson’s acquisition impact the Colts backfield?
At 225 pounds, Richardson is a multi-faceted running back who is in his second NFL season.
In his rookie season in 2012, Richardson rushed for 957 yards on 267 carries in 15 games. He caught 51 passes for 367 yards and scored a total of 12 touchdowns (11 rushing).
For the Browns last year, Richardson was their main offensive threat and all three of his 100-yard rushing games in 2012 came against the AFC.
Richardson had five of his 11 rushing touchdowns in the month of December.
Richardson, an Alabama product, will now join Ahmad Bradshaw in the Colts backfield to give the Colts a bonafide 1-2 punch that rivals any backfield in the NFL.
The addition of Richardson comes at a critical time for the Colts offense with three starters suffering season ending injuries in the last six days.
Offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton has talked at length about establishing a power-rushing game and there isn’t a young back in the NFL that fits that mold more then Richardson.
Expect Richardson to make an impact right away with the Colts offense and help Indianapolis establish a balanced offensive attack that they have been searching for.
Richardson now bolsters an already loaded Colts group of second-year players including Andrew Luck, Coby Fleener, Dwayne Allen, T.Y. Hilton and Vick Ballard.
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Richardson, 5-9, 225 pounds, has started all 17 games for the Cleveland Browns since being selected third overall by the Browns in the 2012 NFL Draft. For his career, he has totaled 298 carries for 1,055 yards and 11 touchdowns, while adding 58 receptions for 418 yards and one touchdown. In 2012, Richardson recorded 950 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns while posting three 100-yard rushing performances. He also caught 51 passes for 367 yards and one touchdown.
In three seasons at the University of Alabama (2009-2011), Richardson helped the school capture two national championships in 2009 and 2011. He recorded 3,130 career rushing yards and 35 touchdowns on 540 attempts (5.8 avg.), while adding 68 receptions for 730 yards and seven touchdowns. He also returned 28 kickoffs for 720 yards with one touchdown.
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Ricky Jean Francois is more popular than normal this week around the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center.
The new Colts defensive end played for the 49ers from (2009-2012) and his brain will be picked and prodded by many of his teammates going into Sunday’s matchup with San Francisco.
“As soon as I walked in (Monday) I said, I know I’m looking for Andrew Luck. If nobody else asks me something, I said I know it’s got to be Andrew Luck,” Jean Francois said earlier this week.
“I’m going to just help my offense the best I can, help my coaches to the knowledge of what I did, offense and defense-wise.”
Jean Francois is one of three Colts (Aubrayo Franklin and Cam Johnson) that have recent ties to the 49ers.
The Indianapolis offensive line should be asking their fair share of questions to those three as all of them played in the front seven of the vaunted 49ers defense.
For his last two seasons in San Francisco, Jean Francois played under head coach Jim Harbaugh.
Colts fans watched Harbaugh from 1994-1997 and Jean Francois talks about the former Indianapolis signal caller from a coaching standpoint.
“He’s one coach I can tell you that’s into it, almost feels like he’s a player again,” Jean Francois said of Harbaugh. “You’ll see him out there this week throwing passes to the receivers and I believe he’s still got it. We used to mess with him about it, ‘Coach, just sign a one-game contract, see what you can do.’”
Perhaps more than anyone inside of the Colts locker room this week, Jean Francois knows the task at hand Sunday.
“A lot of teams say they want to be in the Super Bowl, play against a team that was in the Super Bowl,” Jean Francois said.
“That’s San Francisco. If we want to be the best, we got to beat the best.”
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Each week Colts.com will take a look at the rest of the AFC South and review the previous weekend’s games.
Here is a look after Week Two:
Texans 30, Titans 24, OT
-In arguably the most exciting game of the weekend, the Texans overcame a late fourth quarter interception and an injury to Andre Johnson. Quarterback Matt Schaub threw an interception with 4:59 remaining, which gave the Titans a 24-16 lead. The Texans answered with an Arian Foster one-yard touchdown run with just under two minutes left and Foster’s two-point conversion tied the score. Houston missed a last second field goal to win the game in regulation but with the flip of the coin toss, the Texans wouldn’t miss another opportunity. On the opening drive of overtime, Schaub found rookie wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins for a three-yard game-winning touchdown.
NEXT GAME: @Baltimore, Sunday at 1:00 p.m. EST
Texans 30, Titans 24, OT
-The Titans looked prime to take the AFC South lead with a huge road divisional win over the two-time defending champs. However, that 24-16 lead with under five minutes to play evaporated thanks to Foster’s touchdown run. Tennessee quarterback Jake Locker threw for two touchdowns but finished the game just 17-of-30 for 148 yards. An Alterraun Verner interception late in the fourth quarter gave the Titans an eight-point lead but the defense could not garner up one final stop.
NEXT GAME: San Diego, Sunday at 1:00 p.m. EST
Raiders 19, Jaguars 9
-It was a struggling afternoon for the Jaguars offense. While the Jacksonville defense hung tough in the red zone, the Jaguars offense barely got into the opponent’s 20-yard line. Jaguars quarterback Chad Henne was 25-of-38 for 241 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions. Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew was held to 29 rushing yards on 10 carries and his counterpart, Darren McFadden had 19 carries for 129 rushing yards. The Jaguars lone touchdown came with 2:53 left in the fourth quarter when Henne found Clay Harbor for a 13-yard touchdown.
NEXT GAME: @Seattle, Sunday at 4:25 p.m. EST.
2013 AFC South Standings
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The Colts practice schedule for the 49ers begins this afternoon. Today’s news is pretty quiet but here are a couple of observational pieces on Ahmad Bradshaw and Pep Hamilton’s offense.
Take a look below at the top pieces from Wednesday, September 18th.
By: Stephen Holder, Indy Star
Holder points to the play of new running back Ahmad Bradshaw as a positive from Sunday’s game.
But now that we’ve gotten a closer look at Bradshaw, here are my observations.
* He’s got good vision. Bradshaw’s ability to both follow blocks and anticipate how a play will unfold allowed him to pick up extra yards that he otherwise might not have. Bradshaw showed a knack for knowing there the crease was going to be, often before it even developed. This allowed the Colts to move the chains even in instances where they didn’t necessarily have perfect run blocking.
* Bradshaw had a lot more pop than I expected. He showed, perhaps, more quickness than we gave him credit for, and that allowed him to hit the hole the moment it opened.
* Finally, Bradshaw still has that trademark toughness we’ve always seen from him. Put simply, he runs hard, punishing defenders who dare try to tackle him.
By: Mike Chappell, Indy Star
Chappell also gives some observations and his come on the offensive side of the ball looking at Pep Hamilton’s scheme.
• “Chunk plays,” the over-the-top strikes so prevalent in 2012, will be less frequent.
After two games, Colts receivers rank 16th in the league, averaging 11.6 yards per reception. They were No. 3 last season, averaging 12.9 yards, the club’s sixth-best per-catch average since 1970.
Only three of Andrew Luck’s 43 completions have gained at least 25 yards, tied for eighth-fewest in the league. Philadelphia’s Michael Vick has a league-high 10 and Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers nine.
• When chunk plays occur, T.Y. Hilton figures to be the target on the majority of them.
Among receivers with at least nine receptions, Hilton’s 16.2 average ranks 13th. His acrobatic 47-yard grab against the Miami Dolphins is Luck’s longest completion this season, and the latest evidence that coordinator Pep Hamilton should maximize Hilton’s big-play skills.
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