INSTANT REACTION: Trent Richardson acquired for 1st-round pick
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.