INDIANAPOLIS – The Colts were practicing for a second straight day outside on Thursday. Today's news looks at Trent Richardson's new role, the respect for Donald Brown and Bengals running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis.
Take a look below at the top pieces fromFriday, December 6th.**Trent Richardson can provide third down help**By: Stephen Holder, Indy StarTrent Richardson opened up a bit on Thursday about his new role in the Colts offense.
Conversely, Richardson said he feels Brown earned the right be the starting running back while Richardson still believes he can help the team significantly in his new reduced role.
"I learned a lot about myself Sunday," Richardson said. "It was humbling. Like I always tell people, the game is much bigger than me. If that's going to put us in the best place to win. ... the goal is not just to get to the playoffs, not just to get to the Super Bowl, but to get there and win."
The Colts still are adamant about their plans to use both running backs in some capacity. And one area Richardson believes he'll be able to help the Colts is on third down, where his pass protection and receiving skills can be put to good use.
"I don't know if it's going to be this week or next week, but I think there's going to be a very good opportunity for them to use me on third down," Richardson said. "That's an even bigger role for me."
**Colts RB Donald Brown flourishes as starter**By: Phil Richards, Indy Star
Perhaps no Colts players is as respected inside of the locker room than Donald Brown.
Said outside linebacker Robert Mathis: "Probably one of the greatest teammates you ever want to have. You can't ask for more out of a guy. He clocks in, does his job, doesn't get in trouble. Really, just the ultimate team professional and a guy that you like to have on your side.
"He doesn't like to talk about himself because he's not his favorite subject. He just goes to work and lets his play do all the talking."
Defensive end Cory Redding, a veteran of 11 NFL seasons and four teams, likes Brown's timber: "A guy has one of two things to do in life when you keep getting knocked down. You're going to fight or you're going to fold.
Bengals starting running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis has added another nickname to a few others.
"BJGE." "The Law Firm." And now, it seems, "The Closer."
He's BenJarvus Green-Ellis, the Cincinnati Bengals' veteran running back whose lengthy, official-sounding birth name was reason enough for football fans to create the first two sobriquets that he has been known by since he entered the league six years ago. But now, his play, it appears, is earning him the other.
"Yeah, I get a lot of that Mariano Rivera stuff," Green-Ellis said earlier this week, referencing the former New York Yankees closing pitcher. "People call me 'The Closer.' "