INDIANAPOLIS – Trent Richardson hit the ground running with the Indianapolis Colts, just as the team hoped he would.
Richardson, who was traded by the Cleveland Browns to the Colts on Wednesday, was out at Colts practice Thursday. He immediately soaked in some extra tutoring on the offense from running backs coach David Walker. Before he took to the field, however, Richardson met with a huge media crowd.
Here's what he had to say, via the Colts' transcriptions:
Has the shock worn off yet?
“Yeah, it's starting to wear off but it's still a shock. At the same time, I'm ready to open up this new chapter in life, especially here with the Colts. It's a great surrounding, great coaching staff and a great locker room.”
High expectations have followed you here. Are you fine with that?
“Oh yeah, I've always been full of high expectations no matter where I go. Even if I'm playing putt-putt golf, I got high expectations for myself, no matter what. I know it's following me wherever I go and I'm ready to live up to it.”
How excited are you to be part of this offense?
“Really excited. You got somebody like Ahmad Bradshaw back there. He's helping me with all the basics and stuff like that. You got Reggie Wayne on the one side, you got T. Y. Hilton, you got Andrew (Luck) and you got a good defense over there. Just with the whole program, like I said, we just got to take one play at a time and do whatever you can to maximize our strengths and get our different matchups and make sure we win every game.”
Coach Pagano says he wants you to be the workhorse back. Is that music to your ears?
“Oh yeah, that's real good to hear. That's a lot of music to my ears. Hopefully I get to play Sunday, whatever coach's decision he makes, I'll be ready to go.”
How do you feel about the Browns letting you go so soon?
“It was a surprise. But at the same time, like I said, it's another chapter in my life and with that I'm going to have a chip on my shoulder. I am going to play football like I know how to play football. However it goes with the Browns, good luck to the Browns the rest of the season but other than that, I got to be here playing football. I'm going to make my job the best job it is when it comes to winning.”
How did you find out?
“Got a phone call. When I got the phone call, I really couldn't believe it. I talked to my family and stuff. Same with that, my family was real shocked. At the same time, they gave phone calls to different people too and everybody was like, 'That's a good move.' At the same time, I got to think about my kids' school and my house and this and that. At the same time it's, 'Hey, I'm in a better situation when it comes to playing for an organization that's ready to win.'”
Does this sort of rejuvenate you or make you feel like you want to work extra hard?
“Oh yeah. It made me feel like I got to, because I don't want to be in a situation where I'm getting traded anywhere as far as somebody saying something about my character or my game play. I know this wasn't that situation, but at the same time, I want to be that guy that wants to put the team on his shoulder.”
They gave up a first-round pick for you, so does that let you know you're part of their future, not just a stop-gap?
“Yeah, they gave up a first-round pick. That's shows a lot of respect they have for me. Playing against these guys twice, once in the preseason, once in the regular, just seeing these guys and how they vibe around each other when they was on the sideline and just gelling together. Just being in the locker room for these couple hours, it's been a big change, a big 360. All these guys are having fun and they're enjoying life right now. They're happy to come to work and they're ready to go.”
Do you have a message for Browns fans?
“For Browns fans, keep rooting for the Browns. Don't give up on them. When they get over that hill, it's going to happen. It's going to be big too. They got a program that's going to go in a good direction. With the fans, I hated leaving Cleveland. I love Cleveland, loved being around them. But like I said, I'm here starting a new chapter of my life.”
How much extra work are you going to have to put in to get up to speed here?
“The playbook, the coordinator (Pep Hamilton), he worked with Chud (Rob Chudzinski) back when he was in San Francisco, and so it's just different terminology. Some of the same calls, but it's a lot of different terminology. With that, I'm a study freak, so I'm always going to be studying and trying to learn new stuff and trying to get to my best ability to be in the right situation to put the team in a better situation to win. I'm going to be up studying all night. I wish I would have got my playbook last night so I could be way more ahead than I am today. But I'm not that far behind, I'm not that far behind. I know it's a long way to go, but I'm going to work hard each day to make sure that I'm living up to the Colts' standards.”
How valuable is it to you entering into a situation with stability at quarterback?
“It's a big value to me. People can't just stack nine in the box no more. You think you're going to stack nine in the box, Andrew (Luck) got an arm for you and you got Reggie Wayne and T.Y. (Hilton) out there, and you got our tight ends that are going to work too. So it's a big situation when you got a quarterback that can move it around and you got surroundings where the offensive line is going to be pretty good too. Not saying nothing against the Browns organization, I think that organization was terrific and they're going to go in the right direction. But like I said, I'm here now and I can't do nothing but root for us now.”
You and Andrew Luck are both young. Is there something to be said for a young quarterback and running back growing together?
“I like to call it a one-two punch. Me and Andrew, we've been around each other for quite a while now leading up from the Heisman to the draft and training and stuff. Andrew's a good guy, just meeting him and his family, just knowing what type of person he is and just knowing that we're going to grow together, how young we are, we going to be here for a while. We're not planning on going nowhere. We plan to be here, we plan to grow and we plan to win a lot of games.”
Do you have a message for Colts fans?
“Oh yeah, I'm happy to be here and I can't wait to get started Sunday. I can't wait to get out there today and just be vibing with my team, get the timing down right. I saw a tweet from Mike Epps and he was saluting me because I got picked up from the Colts. It's an honor to be here because there's a lot of history behind the Colts. I'm here to fulfill all the dreams and all the needs that I want as a player and that fans want me as a player. So I'm happy to be here.”