The Colts’ much-maligned running back, who fumbled his only carry during last week’s Wild Card win, said he’s ready to “make a statement” against the Patriots on Saturday.
“You feel like you’ve got to redeem yourself for it,” Richardson said, via the Indianapolis Star. “You feel like you’ve got to make a statement. … That’s one thing that my brother has always told me: the fastest way to get yourself on the bench is fumbling the ball. And that replays in my head every day when I come out to work.”
Since coming to the Colts, Richardson’s play has fallen off a cliff. He averaged a meager three yards-per-carry in the regular season and has been continually trumped by backup Donald Brown, who scored two touchdowns against the Chiefs.
To his credit, however, Richardson is anything but a fumbler. In fact, he had coughed it up just one other time in his first two seasons before last week.
“I don’t fumble,” he said. “That’s something that I had to work on all week (mentally). I know that’s not me.”
Thus far, Richardson, whom the Colts traded a first-round pick for, isn’t giving the team any return on its heavy investment. Luckily for him, though, winning cures all in the NFL.
If T-Rich can help Indy upset the favored Pats in Foxborough, his future outlook — and playing time — would begin trending upward again.
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