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“Newcomer of the Week” Texans Edition is Trent Richardson

Posted by Kevin Bowen on December 16, 2013 – 12:21 pm

Throughout the course of the season, 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 Houston.

This week’s “Newcomer of the Week” is running back Trent Richardson.

Just prior to the Cincinnati game, Trent Richardson announced that he was feeling the best he had felt since arriving to Indianapolis in the middle of September.

Richardson’s stats over the past two weeks would certainly back up his statement. tempDD4_3090--nfl_mezz_1280_1024

On Sunday, Richardson had 23 touches for 102 yards, giving him 34 touches for 190 yards over the last two weeks.

Richardson’s effort on Sunday was vital considering he played 46 offensive snaps (out of a possible 70) once Donald Brown exited with a “stinger”.

“I come out and train and practice hard and make sure I do everything I can to be in that position for whenever they call on my number, I’m ready,” Richardson said after the 25-3 victory.

“Our offensive line did a tremendous job today. The wide receivers did a really good job today and tight ends. As a group, as an offensive unit, we did a really good job today.”

Richardson scored on a nine-yard shovel pass midway through the second quarter and caught a total of four passes for 38 yards.

His season long rush of 22 yards came in the second half as Richardson received all of the running back load once Brown went down (before Tashard Choice came in to run out the clock).

“Trent’s been practicing extremely well. Trending in the right direction, obviously. Feeling more comfortable with the offense, so you’re going to see him do nothing but take off from here,” Chuck Pagano said.

“We saw it two weeks ago, last week and now with the positive things that happened to him today, it’s great for Trent and great for our offense and great for his confidence.”

Other Newcomers of Note:

Outside linebacker Erik Walden had three tackles and a 10-yard sack of Case Keenum on Sunday.

Outside linebacker Bjoern Werner had his first career full sack in the NFL with a seven-yard takedown of Keenum in the fourth quarter.

Safety LaRon Landry was a part of a terrific safety duo on Sunday and led the Colts with nine tackles (eight solo).

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Veteran Tashard Choice Eager to join Colts for Playoff Run

Posted by Kevin Bowen on December 11, 2013 – 3:07 pm

As the Colts head into Week 15 of the 2013 regular season, they carry with them yet another running back.

Various injuries have placed four different Colts running backs on the injured reserve this season.

Veteran Tashard Choice is the latest addition to the Indianapolis backfield and through seven seasons in the NFL, the Georgia Tech product is eager for another opportunity.

“The organization, I can’t tell you how much they’ve helped in just the day or so I’ve been here. It speaks volumes of how they’ve treated players and how accepting they’ve been,” Choice said on Wednesday.

It appears the first crack at playing time for Choice will come on special teams.

The 210-pound Choice has played for the Cowboys, Redskins and Bills with his longest stint coming from 2008-2011 in Dallas.

Choice has some connections with his new teammates including playing with Da’Rick Rogers earlier this year in Buffalo.

“He has a real strong passion of the game,” Rogers says of Choice. “When I was in Buffalo, he was a better guy off the field also. He was like a big brother to me as far as helping me keep my mind right and telling me the right things to become a professional in this league.”

That veteran presence is an area Chuck Pagano feels Choice can help a running back room that includes 23-year old Trent Richardson.

Spoken like a true vet, Choice falls right in line with Pagano’s thinking.

“I want to help out first, be on special teams, be a leader, a guy in the locker room that is positive, help out on the offensive side of the ball, whatever they ask me to do,” Choice said on Wednesday.

Choice arrives to Indianapolis with career totals of 361 rushing attempts for 1,535 yards and 80 receptions.

After surprisingly being cut by the Bills last Wednesday, Choice is grateful to not only have another chance, but to do it with a team that has plans in January.

“That’s what it’s all about, getting in the playoffs where everybody is even, trying to go for that big prize in the end.”

“It’s always good to have an opportunity to play in the playoffs nothing better.”

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