Trent Richardson felt forced into Colts offense too quickly, says Reggie Wayne
Trent Richardson hasn’t exactly performed up to the level that the Colts expected him to when they gave up a first-round pick to acquire him from the Browns. And according to Reggie Wayne, the Colts running back isn’t taking much of the blame for his lack of production.
Via StampedeBlue.com, Wayne shared some of the comments that Richardson made to the future Hall of Fame receiver with Jake Query and Derek Schultz of WNDE radio after being benched in favor of Donald Brown.
“He came to me, he wasn’t pouting or anything,” Wayne said. “This was the day after he found out he was demoted and he said, ‘Now I can sit back and actually watch the way it’s supposed to be done.’ He kind of feels that he was maybe forced into it early without actually learning it.”
This may explain Trent Richardson’s abysmal season (411 yards, 2 TDs, 2.9 YPC). Many offensive players that are traded in the middle season tend to struggle with their new team (Carson Palmer in 2011, anyone?) and don’t make an impact until they have a full offseason of learning, studying and practicing their team’s playbook under their belt. Maybe after being given more time to get acclimated to the Colts, Richardson will become the back that Indianapolis GM Ryan Grigson thought he was getting from Cleveland. The Colts better hope so, or else this trade may go down as one of the bigger busts in NFL history.
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