When the Browns sent Trent Richardson to the Colts for a future 1st round pick, many thought the Colts committed highway robbery. However, it’s been anything but smooth sailing in Indianapolis for the former 3rd overall pick of the 2012 draft. The production in the Colts backfield has instead come from the former 29th overall pick in the 2009 draft, Donald Brown.
Brown has been both fantasy and real life irrelevant during his 5 year NFL career, but this year he’s chipped in as a steady contributor in an offense that has lacked any sort of consistency on the ground. With T-Rich continuing to post absolutely anemic numbers, Brown has stepped up to outproduce Richardson, a consensus 1st round pick in fantasy drafts earlier this year.
While Brown has only totaled 243 yards on the ground this year, Richardson’s horrendous display has solidified Brown’s role moving forward. Brown is averaging a stout 5.9 yards a carry vs. Richardson’s meager 3.0. While Head Coach Chuck Pagano may wind up being stubborn with balancing the workloads between the two, the Colts ultimately recognize that Brown deserves 12 + touches in their offense.