This was why the Colts got Richardson. They gave up a first-round pick -- gold currency in today's NFL -- for a running back who can grind out tough yards, move the chains and make the clock disappear.
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In four games with Indianapolis, Richardson has rushed for 228 yards on 75 carries, an average of 3.0 yards per touch. According to Pro Football Focus, Richardson is ranked 49th among 54 qualifying halfbacks this season.
The big question facing the Colts -- and one we imagine they might be afraid to know the answer to -- is whether Richardson is in a slump, or simply playing to his ability. Remember, Richardson averaged just 3.6 yards per carry during his rookie season with the Browns. That middling production was blamed on nagging injuries and a subpar Cleveland line.
But how about now?
Richardson is healthy (as far as we know) and running behind an offensive line ranked by FootballOutsiders.com as the best run-blocking unit in football. Vick Ballard, Ahmad Bradshaw and Donald Brown have combined for 444 yards on 87 carries, an average of 5.1 yards per rush. Richardson is a curious outlier.