Paul J. Everette, Flickr Creative Commons The Indianapolis Colts and Cincinnati Bengals square off tomorrow afternoon at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio. Both teams have security within their division, with the Bengals having a three-game lead and the Colts maintaining a two-game lead. Both are considered viable threats in the fast-approaching NFL playoffs. For their Week 14 matchup, the Colts have a relatively healthy roster. The only two players that are guaranteed to miss the game are right guard Jeff Linkenbach and defensive tackle Ricky Jean-Francois. The injury to Linkenbach is crucial in this match-up, as the Bengals have 18 sacks over the last five-games, and will look to plant Colts’ second-year quarterback Andrew Luck on the ground early and often. The Colts’ secondary may see cornerback Greg Toler for the first time in five games, as Toler has not suited up since the Colts’ 39-33 victory over the Denver Broncos in Week seven. Toler has been a light part…
Trent Richardson may no longer be at the top of the depth chart for the Indianapolis Colts at running back but he still fits into their long term plan.
The Colts pulled the trigger on a trade with the Cleveland Browns to get Richardson. After weeks of struggling the Colts sent him to the bench in favor of Donald Brown. While it would be easy to chalk the trade for Richardson as a misstep the Colts continue to speak up the future contributions he can offer them.
“It was always a long-term thing,” coach Chuck Pagano said Friday, via the Indy Star. “Seventy-two hours after he got traded he was playing in a game for us. But it was never just about today.”
The Colts have told Richardson the same thing.
“When I talked to all the coaches around here,” Richardson said this week, “they’ve told me, ‘We’re in it for the long haul. You don’t have to worry about going nowhere. Go ahead and buy your house.’ ”
For those wondering the Colts owe Richardson $6.602 million for nearly thre
A lot was expected when Trent Richardson, the third overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, was traded by the Cleveland Browns to the Indianapolis Colts in September. Unfortunately for the Colts and Richardson those expectations have yet to be reached, leading to Richardson being demoted to second string in favor of Donald Brown last week.
Richardson spoke about the benching Thursday and takes full responsibility for his lack of production, saying that the experience has been humbling:
“It was different when I went out there Sunday,” he said. “It was kind of like this is a place in your life where you have to learn and really see the offense and how things flow. I learned about myself Sunday, how humbling it was. I have to step up. I have to make sure I’m doing my job.”
The powerfully running back had been his team’s starter since his sophomore year at Alabama and with the Browns last year, leading the team with 950 yards and 11 touchdowns as a rookie last season.
Running back Donald Brown was a first-round draft choice in 2009, the 27th player selected. He has been an occasional starter, a breakaway runner, a backup, a special teams player, and a whipping boy of fans, media and bloggers.
He also is, speaking from appearances, the guy the Indianapolis Colts don’t want but can’t do without.
With Joseph Addai gone last season, Brown was the heir apparent to his starting spot. Rookie Vick Ballard got the job.
With Ballard the established starter and Brown his backup coming into this season, the Colts signed free agent Ahmad Bradshaw. Brown tumbled still deeper on the depth chart.
When Ballard suffered a season-ending knee injury, the Colts looked elsewhere. They traded their 2014 first-round draft pick to the Cleveland Browns for running back Trent Richardson.
Brown? He took the hit. He didn’t blink. He didn’t get discouraged. He doesn’t get discouraged.
“No, no,” he said. “The more weapons this team has,…
I saw a familiar face in the Colts’ locker room today.
Running back Ahmad Bradshaw is back at the Colts’ facility this week after making considerable headway in his rehabilitation from season-ending neck surgery. It’s been quite a while since he’s spent any length of time around the facility, but he clearly was happy to be back.More reason for his good spirits: The 27-year old who becomes a free agent after the season said he is practically healthy enough to play, although being on injured reserve will obviously prevent that.
“I feel like I might be able to play if I could,” he said. “I feel great coming out of surgery. I just feel like I needed it. (The doctors) said they took that bulging disc off my spinal cord and my blood pressure and everything just dropped. There was a lot of stress and everything built up in my body from that. That being the biggest nerve in your body, it was pretty serious. But I feel good now.”
Bradshaw said he first …
The Colts aren’t the same team without Reggie Wayne.
In the five games since Wayne tore his right ACL against the Denver Broncos, Indianapolis is averaging 19.6 points. In the seven games Wayne played, the Colts averaged 26.7 points.
The offensive line has failed to protect quarterback Andrew Luck. T.Y. Hilton, the new No. 1 receiver, is adjusting to being double teamed, and the other receivers haven’t made up the difference.
Indy’s offense hit rock-bottom in a 38-8 loss to St. Louis on Nov. 10 and a 40-11 loss at Arizona on Nov. 24.
Though the group hasn’t looked like the one that derailed Denver earlier this season, Indianapolis has won three of five since Wayne’s injury, and the Colts (8-4) can wrap up the AFC South title with a victory Sunday at Cincinnati.
”As of late, we’ve been like the Rocky Balboa of the National Football League,” Colts offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton said. ”We get bloodied up, but we find a way to finish on top.”
Within days of being traded for by the Colts, RB Trent Richardson was starting. Richardson however did not make the immediate impact that the Colts were hoping for when they traded a first round pick for him. Reggie Wayne said that after talking to Richardson it seems that he believes he was too quickly thrown in to action.
“He came to me, he wasn’t pouting or anything. This was the next day after he found out he was demoted and he said, “Now I can sit back and actually watch the way it’s supposed to be done.” He kind of feels that he was maybe forced into it early without actually learning it.”
There’s some truth to this.
Richardson was traded to the Colts by the Browns in exchange for a first round pick in 2014. That trade happened on Wednesday, September 18th. The Colts introduced Richardson that Thursday, and then Saturday the team was flying to San Francisco to take on the 49ers.-StampedeBlue.com
Although I agree that Richardson got thro…
Trent Richardson hasn’t exactly performed up to the level that the Colts expected him to when they gave up a first-round pick to acquire him from the Browns. And according to Reggie Wayne, the Colts running back isn’t taking much of the blame for his lack of production. Via StampedeBlue.com, Wayne shared some of the comments that Richardson made to the future Hall of Fame receiver with Jake Query and Derek Schultz of WNDE radio after being benched in favor of Donald Brown. “He came to me, he wasn’t pouting or anything,” Wayne said. “This was the day after he found out he was demoted and he said, ‘Now I can sit back and actually watch the way it’s supposed to be done.’ He kind of feels that he was maybe forced into it early without actually learning it.” This may explain Trent Richardson’s abysmal season (411 yards, 2 TDs, 2.9 YPC). Many offensive players that are traded in the middle season tend to struggle with their new team (Carson Palmer in 2011, anyone?) and don’t make an impact u
Five weeks ago things were different with the Cincinnati Bengals and Indianapolis Colts.The Bengals were atop (and still are) the AFC North, looking like world beaters and potential Super Bowl contenders.Andy Dalton was doing his best “Joe Montana” impersonations, was named the October AFC Offensive Player of the Month.The Colts were (and still are) at the top of the AFC South. Andrew Luck was winning games with his arm and his feet and Indianapolis could lay claim to beating the Seahawks and 49ers in the same season.Trent Richardson was supposed to pick up a slow and surreal running game. The defense was getting better game and with Houston starting to free fall in the NFL, they were a lock to take the division title and possibly get to the Super Bowl.Fast forward to now – where both teams are still leading their divisions, but there are noticeable holes in their game plans. Both teams are 8-4. Both control their own destiny. And both have offenses that could score 40 points in mom…
So what’s wrong with running back Trent Richardson? Richardson essentially has said of the Colts, “It’s not me, it’s you.”
Via the good folks at StampedeBlue.com, receiver Reggie Wayne shared with Jake Query and Derek Schultz of WNDE radio comments Richardson made to the veteran wideout and de facto leader of the team after Richardson was benched this past weekend for Donald Brown.
“He came to me, he wasn’t pouting or anything,” Wayne said. “This was the next day after he found out he was demoted and he said, ‘Now I can sit back and actually watch the way it’s supposed to be done.’ He kind of feels that he was maybe forced into it early without actually learning it.”
It’s a common dynamic for offensive players acquired by a new team during the regular season. After spending weeks if not months studying and practicing and playing in a different system with different coaches and different players, it becomes difficult if not impossible to essentially change a tire on a moving
(Eds: Updates. With AP Photos.) By MICHAEL MAROT AP Sports Writer Daniel Adongo is finally starting to feel comfortable with the Colts.
That’s good: The Kenyan rugby star is about to play his first football game – ever – when Indianapolis faces Cincinnati on Sunday in a showdown of division leaders.
Adongo has figured out the lingo and nuances of the sport, learned the proper way to put on pads and a helmet, and knows his place in the Colts’ locker room. There’s still more work to do, but the newly minted linebacker will get to show the whole football world how far he’s come in four months.
He will be primarily on special teams, but playing football for the first time in the NFL in a game with playoff implications?
”I am excited,” Adongo said Wednesday, one day after being promoted from Indy’s practice squad to the active roster. ”As I said before and I’ll reiterate it, my excitement is being subdued by the fact I have a task, an obligation and a duty to
It’s true. They are. I’m happy that they beat the Titans in Week 13 to more or less seal the AFC South, but they are going to be in big trouble in the playoffs. This team was able to beat the Broncos earlier in the season, but that was when the apparent genie in the bottle known as Reggie Wayne was healthy. Evidently, every success for this team hinges on him for some reason.
Granted, the defense looked better than it has in several weeks against Tennessee last week, but the offense wasn’t doing anyone any favors. They have to come up with something. At this point I’m growing tired of writing the same disheartened posts about the topic. There has to be better decision making, better passes, better routes, better options, and for the love of god…CATCH THE BALL. You might as well throw Heyward-Bey out there with his hands tied behind his back. He’s useless. The two somewhat bright spots for the offense of late has been the emergence of Donald Brown (oh yeah, I guess he was a 1st round…
Ever since the Indianapolis Colts lost Reggie Wayne the team has struggled. Luckily the AFC South is not very good and they’ll cruise into the playoffs as the No. 4 seed at the worst. However, I can’t help but think that maybe–just maybe–things could be going better for the Colts had they made a stronger effort to hold on to Pierre Garcon.Than again, maybe they knew something than that the rest of us didn’t.From Bleacher ReportAs one of the up and coming receivers in the league I was a little surprised that the Colts didn’t try harder to hold onto Garcon. Even with Reggie Wayne sticking around they have to know his days are numbered, and at the time the sky appeared to be the limit for Garcon.You can look at his injury issues since and say that its good they let him go, but when healthy (like he is now) the team could sure use him–not if he is going to act like a five-year old throwing a tantrum.The obvious excuse is he’s frustrated because the Redskins suck, but what’s to say he is
The Indianapolis Colts have made some moves and added former rugby star LB Daniel Adongo and OT Xavier Nixon, as well as putting RB Daniel Herron and LB Mario Harvey on the injured reserve.The former Rugby star project is now on the 53 man roster. Just in July, Daniel Adongo was learning how to put on a helmet. Now, he’s on the active roster and takes that next big step in the NFL world. Adongo has slowly improved and has been using his rare athleticism to develop at the position. He’s still extremely raw and a project, which means that he will most likely not see the field at all this field unless the Colts have several injuries at the linebacker spot.The Colts signed OT Xavier Nixon, who provides depth on an O-line that needs it. Nixon has been on the Colts’ roster before, and most recently was on the Redskins’ practice squad.The Colts also signed FB Robert Hughes to the active roster as well as signing defensive tackle Jerris Pendleton to the practice squad.The Co…
If Colts running back Trent Richardson keeps missing holes like this…he might need to get some glasses.
Trent took the yellow path pic.twitter.com/Mhga6uHXBs
— Pete Prisco (@PriscoCBS) December 3, 2013
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