The Indianapolis Colts added running back Trent Richardson via an early season trade with the Cleveland Browns but the running back did not contribute heavily to the success of the team.
Richardson lost snaps to Donald Brown and eventually became relegated to the bench during his first season with the Colts.
Now the former No. 3 overall pick is hoping to learn the Colts offense during the offseason.
“Learn the system, not just memorizing it,” Richardson said via ESPN. “Learning the whole concept of the system. There’s a difference between having it memorized and feeling comfortable with the system. I’m going talk to a lot of veteran players, talk to Adrian (Peterson), talk to (LaDainian Tomlinson) , talk to Emmitt Smith to make sure I’m the best I need to be next year.”
The Colts gave up their first round pick for Richardson who finished the season with just a 2.9 average. Both the Colts front office and coaching staff have defended the trade for Richardson saying it was not just about the 2013 season.
“I’ve got a big motivation for next season,” Richardson said. “My big thing, I want to contribute to the team. As far as putting on a big show every weekend for the team, the city, the fans, I’m going to do whatever it takes. That’s a lot of motivation for me.”
With Brown and Ahmad Bradshaw becoming free agents the Colts need Richardson to step up in 2014.