INDIANAPOLIS – Monday’s game at San Diego falls four days shy of the one-month anniversary of
It will be his fourth game in a new locale, and the primetime stage on which it will be played is new for Richardson as well.
“Oh, man, very excited, (my) first time playing under the lights on a Monday Night,” said Richardson Friday. “It’s a big game for us. They’re number five in offense. It’s big for the offense to capitalize too on our end and big for our defense to capitalize on what they deal with. It’s big.”
“When you know what you’re doing, you can always move faster,” said Richardson as he still is learning components of a new offense. “When you know what everybody else is doing, you can always move faster. I’m starting to get more comfortable every day.”
Last week was another example of what Richardson provides and how Indianapolis is committed to a power ground game.
After 15 minutes of an eventual 34-28 win over Seattle, the Richardson had four of the Colts’ eight rushing yards. By halftime, he had two of the club’s 29 total ground yards.
Indianapolis ended up with 109 yards, and five of Richardson’s 56 total came on a game-deciding play. Clinging to a 31-28 lead with 4:30 to go at the Seattle 45, he bulled for 10 yards on third-and-five.
“He had some big runs for us late in that game. Third-and-five, that was a huge play,” said Pep Hamilton. “For him to really put his head down and find a way to grind out the five yards we needed (was important).
“Trent is on schedule. He’s very much confident in his ability to go out and execute our offense.”
Richardson backed up
Richardson shouldered a bigger load at Jacksonville with 20 carries before nearly matching that total last Sunday. Richardson still is waiting for the break-out moment.
“We’ve been grinding and working on timing,” said Richardson. “We need to know how we’re going to play this run or block up this scheme. We’ve been working hard on that.
“People have been on us about the running game, and it’s going to come. When it does come, it’s going to come hard, and it’s going to come fast, too. We’re going to have a lot of bandwagoners.”
The Colts have opened with five 100-yard rushing games for only the third time (1984, 1988) in their 30-year Indianapolis era. Not yet has the team failed to run at least 26 times in a game.
That approach will remain, as will Richardson’s ability to hit a home run.
“He’s the kind of runner you can keep pounding and keep pounding,” said
“He’s one of those backs who pops one yard, then two yards, then 30 yards on you. He’s tough to bring down. I’ve seen him do it. I was around a bunch of good backs at Alabama, and he’s one of the best.”
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