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Former Colt Edgerrin James Wants To Mentor Trent Richardson

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Edgerrin JamesFormer Colts running back, and career rushing leader for the franchise, Edgerrin James wants to serve as a mentor for the Colts current running back Trent Richardson.

The 36 year old James attended Colts practice and wants to make an impact on the young Richardson’s career.

“Last year, when [Richardson] got here during the middle of the season, it wasn’t fair to him with a lot of stuff that was going on,” James said. “So I told [owner] Mr. [Jim] Irsay I would come up here during training camp and kind of talk to him and give him perspective on everything he is going through and help him as much as I can.”

Richardson struggled mightily last year after being acquired from the Cleveland Browns in a mid-season trade, averaging only 2.9 yards per carry before eventually losing his job as a starter to Donald Brown late in the season.

Richardson has since regained his starting position and has spent much of the offseason leading into training camp studying the playbook, so he doesn’t have to think about where he needs to go, he just knows. The dedication appears as though it may be paying off already, as Richardson rushed for 9 yards on the first carry he had in the Colts preseason opener against the New YorkJets.

“It was unfair to judge him because it is two different systems,” said James.

“The terminology is totally different and he was just kind of thrown out there. You can’t really get an assessment because there is so much going on for him personally and the things you have to go through in order to be good in this league,” James continued.

With the whole offseason to familiarize himself with the Colts offense, and the guiding hand of a former Colt great, Richardson should produce much better numbers this year.

 

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