Throughout the course of the season, Colts.com will run a “Newcomer of the Week” following each regular season game. With the Colts having an influx of the newcomers this season here’s a look at the “Newcomer of the Week” from San Diego.
The normal reps for Trent Richardson were not there on Monday night.
Limited offensive possessions only allowed for 10 Richardson carries against the Chargers but he did average 4.0 yards on those attempts.
Richardson had both of the Colts third-down conversions from Monday night.
During the Colts lone third quarter drive, it was Richardson with 12- and three-yard rushes on separate third-and-ones.
“That’s how it should be all season,” Richardson said of the physical running nature.
The most impressive Richardson play of the evening came on a 13-yard reception where he broke three separate tackles.
However, it was a late fourth quarter drop that had Richardson’s attention following the 19-9 loss.
“I dropped a screen pass (because) I took my eyes off the ball,” Richardson said after the game. “I can still see myself running. That’s not the football I play. I don’t like to have missed assignments. I’m beating myself up about it, but good thing we have a game this Sunday.”
“We beat ourselves. Don’t get me wrong they made a lot of good plays and that’s a good team, but I felt the whole game that we weren’t going to lose.”
Other Newcomers of Note:
-Inside Linebacker Kelvin Sheppard saw ample playing time in the second half with Jerrell Freeman sidelined (concussion). Sheppard finished with four tackles and had a nine-yard sack of Philip Rivers in the fourth quarter.
-Defensive Tackle Ricky Jean Francois was back in the starting lineup after he missed the last two weeks with a groin injury. Jean Francois had three tackles and a tackle for loss which forced a field goal attempt by the Chargers.
-Fullback Stanley Havili returned to the lineup on Monday night and while his stats might not indicate it, his contributions should not be taken for granted. Havili did have a 12-yard reception in the fourth quarter that set up Adam Vinatieri’s 51-yard field goal.
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