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Trent Richardson has to produce quickly in 2014.
You already knew, though.
Trent Richardson is on trial right now, and it won't end until he either proves he can be a successful NFL running back or he proves his critics right. His 2.9 yards per carry average for the Colts last season is categorically dreadful, and another comparable season could signify the funeral knell of his career.
Luckily, things seem to be coming together for T-Rich in Indy.
Per Mike Wells of ESPN, "The comfort level is so much better now,” Richardson said. “I know the plays, and I'm not playing so tight. I'm really comfortable with the offense, and the timing with the offensive line is coming. I know all my cuts and reads before the snap.”
Coach Pagano has a positive outlook for the still-young (he's only 23) tailback, too:
He’s getting back to 100 percent, so 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 seeing him starting to put a foot in the ground, see a hole, burst through the line of scrimmage, all that stuff is coming,” Pagano said. “It’s only going to get better, too, as he gets closer to 100 percent health-wise. Again, he’s on track, he’s on track.
If Richardson can carve out some yards on the ground, the entire offense could reach new heights. A truly balanced offense can place the Colts among the Super Bowl contenders in the AFC.