"I think it's going to be a good, equal load," Richardson said of the backfield plans, via The Indianapolis Star. "Ahmad (Bradshaw) knows that once I get tired or once I'm winded, when I look to that sideline or he looks to the sideline, we know how to complement each other. ... We work well together."
The Colts didn't trade a first-round draft pick to turn Richardson into a committee back, but they can't ignore the obvious: Bradshaw is simply a more effective player.
"From game to game, it'll be different depending on the score and how we're using different personnel groups," coach Chuck Pagano said. "They're both more than capable of being every-down backs. ... Whether it's Ahmad out there or Trent out there, I feel good about both those guys."
In reality, Pagano doesn't feel confident enough in Richardson's effectiveness to saddle him up for an every-down role. If the Colts coach opts to go with a hot-hand approach, he will end up leaning heavily on Bradshaw for as long as the veteran's creaky body cooperates.