Colts expect much from Richardson: The disappointment that was Trent Richardson’s 2013 season has been well-documented. But the Indianapolis Colts expect the young running back to be much better in 2014. According to reports, the Colts believe Richardson can be a three-down back this season. Considering what Indy gave up to acquire T-Rich, it’s no surprise that he’ll be given plenty of opportunity to succeed this season. Hopefully a full offseason of getting comfortable with the playbook prevents a re-do of last season. Richardson won’t go very high in a lot of drafts, but there is deep sleeper potential with a talented running back still trying to put things together.
Lacy to see lighter load: Eddie Lacy had a big rookie season. The Packers’ rusher finished fifth in the NFL with 284 carries and made an immediate impact in just about every way imaginable. Some of that was due to injuries to key players like Aaron Rodgers and Randall Cobb. But while Lacy will remain a workhorse back in 2014, Green Bay reportedly wants to take steps to reduce his workload by incorporating James Starks and DuJuan Harris into the mix. Never fear, Lacy will still be among the top 6-8 fantasy running backs in 2014 and will still come off the board in the first round.
Jennings as a ‘bell cow’ back: If you had any questions about what the New York Giants were going to do with their backfield, wonder no more. According to general manager Jerry Reese, the team envisions Rashad Jennings as a “bell cow-type of back” who can contribute to the offense in multiple ways. Reese went on to mention that he believes David Wilson can still be a factor for Big Blue, but reiterated that the team is going to be very cautious with the RB’s health. The news still keeps Jennings in the range of a mid-tier RB2, but he could move up a notch or two.
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