Richardson digs into passing game role

INDIANAPOLIS -- One of Trent Richardson's best attributes during his rookie season with the Cleveland Browns was his ability to catch the ball out the backfield. The Indianapolis Colts' running back had 51 catches for 367 yards and a touchdown last season.

Richardson showed some of that ability when he took a pass in the flat from quarterback Brandon Weeden on Cleveland's second offensive snap and embarrassed Colts linebacker Erik Walden with a fake that resulted in a 10-yard gain in a preseason game in August while he was still with the Browns.

The Colts had not really used Richardson's catching ability until last weekend against Cincinnati. He tied his season high in catches with five for a season-high 68 yards in their 42-28 loss. Most of Richardson's catches came late in the game off check downs when the Colts were in scramble mode to try to move the ball down the field.

But it was still a good indication of how Richardson, who still has yet to get his running game going, can be effective out the backfield.

"We'd certainly love to get him more touches and more involved," Colts coach Chuck Pagano said. "He's been practicing extremely well the last couple weeks and I think it showed up in his play a week ago."