When the Cleveland Browns trades Trent Richardson to the Indianapolis Colts for a first-round pick the Internet went nuts. Because, apparently, a dude who averages less than four yards per carry over his career is a HUGE get.
Still — because he is a name running back — experts had high hopes for Richardson. They claimed that he didn’t do that well in Cleveland because of the horrid offensive line. They would be doing this, mind you, while completely ignoring the fact that the Colts’ offensive line is pretty bad as well.
In three games since the trade Richardson has carried the pigskin 51 times for 151 yards and two (I stole fantasy points) touchdowns. I am no math wizard, but Richardson is actually averaging less than 3 yards per carry. According to this fancy, futuristic gadget in front of me, it’s more like 2.96078431373 ypc. Ahhhhhhh!
I am not saying Richardson is a bad running back, although, his career numbers certainly don’t make him a good one. What he is definitely not, though, is as important a player as everyone thought he would be.
This isn’t hindsight either.
Well, having Bradshaw isn’t as neat as it once was. That said, Richardson hasn’t exactly set the world on fire since entering the league
— Joseph Nardone (@JosephNardone) September 18, 2013
Did I just do a post to point out that I didn’t buy the Richardson hype from the start? You bet! More or less, this post has less to do with him and more to do with how awesome I am. I mean, Richardson only averages 2.9 yards per carry over the last three games in the NFL than I do.
With all that being said, Ahmad Bradshaw just got put on the IR. Meaning, Richardson will have (yet another, more…unrealistic) chance to show us why he is a man-beast.
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