After showing up for camp with a tender hamstring that prompted HC Chuck Pagano to go easy on him early in training camp, Richardson is coming off an impressive week of practice. It’s been obvious Richardson is more comfortable in the system. He’s gone from thinking too much after taking the handoff to running off his natural instincts and with explosion. “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. Reported by ESPN.com
As ESPN.com's Mike Wells suggests, Richardson’s role in the offense became even more important once fellow running back Vick Ballard was lost for the season with a torn Achilles. Richardson, the likely starter, and Ahmad Bradshaw are the Colts' two primary running backs. Still, as Wells wrote: "Practice is one thing, but Richardson will be judged off what he does when the games count. If last week was any indication, he’s definitely on his way to improving on the 2.9 yards per carry he averaged last season. ..." Fantasy football owners seem to be gaining confidence in Richardson. His ADP has climbed to RB20 putting him firmly in RB2 territory.