Trent Richardson’s wild week ended with his new team going across the country and scoring an upset.
Four days after being traded by the Cleveland Browns to the Indianapolis Colts, Richardson scored his first touchdown of the season and finished with 13 carries for 35 yards as the Colts beat the San Francisco 49ers.
The Colts acquired him and played him on short notice because they needed him, so after practicing with the Browns Wednesday he had essentially two days to get caught up on the Colts playbook so that he could feel comfortable enough to play a role and the team could feel comfortable that he would be able to contribute.
“At first, everything was going fast, but the game did slow down,” Richardson told reporters after the game. “I hit the playbook real hard and got to studying. I knew the game was going to come to me and I just had to let the game come to me. Also Andrew Luck is a genius and Ahmad Bradshaw helped me out. All the guys on the offense helped me out and they were encouraging. They want to be great and I know why I am here. I am here for the long run and I am not going anywhere. We are going to be a great team.”
Asked how he liked playing with Luck, Richardson said: ” I love playing with Luck out there. He is a good person, a genius, and a rocket scientist out there. Playing beside him you must know your stuff.”
So, as all these quarterback-needy teams go through their seasons while evaluating the game’s most important position for the future, they have some criteria.
Good people. Geniuses. Rocket scientists.
Richardson scored, untouched, on his first carry as a Colt from one yard out. His arrival also sparked Bradshaw, who wasn’t really the incumbent because he’s new to the Colts and was limited by injury throughout training camp and the preseason.
Bradshaw ran 19 times for 95 yards and a touchdown and was essentially the closer as the Colts pulled away during the second half. If both stay healthy going forward the Colts could have a potent running game. Obviously the Colts think Richardson can be a much more productive runner than he was with the Browns, and plenty of people will be watching over time to see if he will.
Luck, who isn’t really a rocket scientist but is a pretty gifted young quarterback, is counting on Richardson to get comfortable with his surroundings and make more plays as the season goes along.
“I thought (Richardson) did phenomenal,” Luck said. “I can’t imagine practicing Wednesday in one city and then you get on a flight and you are practicing Thursday in another city. I think we all know he is a football player. No stage is too big for him and we hardly ever saw his eyes get big or wide like ‘Oh my gosh what do I do?’. (He) definitely has the trust and respect of all our guys because of that. To him and Bradshaw and Donald Brown, they have worked together so well I think Donald and (running backs) coach (David) Walker do such a good job of bringing him up to speed that he was able to contribute and get a touchdown. How cool was that?”