INDIANAPOLIS – The Colts had their off day on Tuesday before the practice schedule picks back up this afternoon. Not a ton of news today but the main headlines looks at the running back tandem for the Colts and the play of Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer.
Take a look below at the top pieces from Wednesday, November 20th.
By: Stephen Holder, Indy Star
In this day and age in the NFL, the need is there for multiple running backs through the course of the regular season and Holder looks at the Colts backs.
The Colts, coach Chuck Pagano said, are going to continue to divide carries between Richardson and Brown they have in most games. That means you should look for Richardson to continue getting the lion’s share of the work.
“I think the way we’re going with those two guys has been productive for both players,” Pagano said. “A guy gets hot, you can always go with the hot hand but I like the way we’re doing things now.”
That’s a vague way of saying nothing’s going to change.
Pagano remains committed to Richardson. The 2012 No. 3 overall draft choice is averaging 2.8 yards per carry in his eight games since joining the Colts via September’s mega trade with the Browns. There’s been a fair amount of frustration from fans and, Pagano says, he shares that frustration.
“For whatever reason, like I said, we miss a block here or there and a guy is sitting there free in the hole,” Pagano said of Richardson’s runs. “It just happens to be that we just handed the ball to (number) 34, so it’s nothing that he did. I don’t know if he’s snake bit. I don’t know what the heck is going on.”
Carson Palmer Does Number On Offense
By: Darren Urban, www.azcardinals.com
When the Colts face the Cardinals on Sunday they will encounter Carson Palmer who is coming off a 30-of-42, 419-yard effort last week.
“We didn’t go into the game thinking we would throw that much,” coach Bruce Arians said Monday, the day after the Cards won their third in a row with a 27-14 win over the Jaguars. “It’s kind of like when I was talking about running backs having a hit hand. (Carson) had a hot hand.
“He had a great look all week in practice. I really liked the practice we had Thursday, basically between he and (wide receiver) Michael Floyd. It didn’t surprise me at all that it carried over to the game.”
Floyd played a large role, gaining 193 yards on his six catches. Not only did Floyd have a 91-yard catch-and-run, he also had catches of 22, 22 and 37 yards down the field. Larry Fitzgerald also had a touchdown on a nice route and good pocket footwork by Palmer, and the offensive line had a solid day in pass protection.
“When you give Carson protection,” Floyd said, “he can make all the throws and we can make all the catches.”