ANDERSON – Not many plays during Colts Training Camp earn cheers louder than a Reggie Wayne catch.
But there was one on Monday afternoon that gave No. 87 a run for his money.
It was a red zone drill, and the Colts were spread out in a shotgun set. The play had pass written all over it, and it looked like the Colts defense thought just that.
On the snap, Andrew Luck handed the ball off to Trent Richardson.
The man who has been analyzed and critiqued perhaps more than any other Colts player this offseason, took the handoff and sprinted through the right side of the line of scrimmage.
Richardson was well into the second level of the defense before defenders finally got near him.
As a white No. 34 jersey emerged into the open field, the couple thousand fans in the stands showed their appreciation for a back who feels "very explosive" in his first Training Camp with the Colts.
"It's much easier to make your cuts, to do the right stuff when you know what's really going on," Richardson says. "Now I got a chance to know what everybody's doing, instead of just knowing where my eyes are.
"It's much different when you can actually be there and have this time and build that respect and build all that responsibility with your teammates, with your peers."
Tuesday marked the fifth straight day that Richardson has participated in practice after missing much of the first week.
Veteran Reggie Wayne told Richardson last week to not jump the gun in trying to return to practice with a hamstring injury.
The advice has paid off as Richardson looks like a different back than what we saw on the opening day in Anderson.
"He's getting back to 100 percent," Chuck Pagano said of Richardson over the weekend.
"I think some of those runs you're starting to see, the hard work, the full offseason, the comfort with the scheme, the terminology, being around the offensive guys, the guys that are lined up in front of him blocking and (you're) seeing him starting to put a foot in the ground, see a hole, burst through the line of scrimmage, all that stuff is coming."
Going into camp the healthiest he's been in three NFL seasons was vital according to Richardson.
Over the three weeks in Anderson, Richardson wants to master his route tree (his presence in the passing game could grow in 2014), impact the game without touching the ball (i.e. blocking for Luck), and make sure he has a grasp of what Luck could do at any given time at the line of scrimmage.
Richardson was asked on Monday if a 1,000-yard season was the goal in 2014.
He wouldn't commit to a number but when prodded if the goal was at least the 1,000-yard mark, Richardson finally budged.
"My goals are always going to be set high, my standards are going to be set higher," the Colts starting running back says.
"So when I say it like that, it means that I'm looking for the best and I'm looking for much more success. I know my fans and I know the media, they're looking for more. The pressure I put upon myself is nothing but greatness."