Richardson, of course, spent some time talking with the media today being introduced with the Raiders, and he of course talked about his time with the Colts.
"From the beginning, trying to fit into [the Colts] program, it was different for me," Richardson said, according to Silver and Black Pride. "For me, it was more of me being an all-time blocker. There's nothing wrong with blocking, but I still want to be able to help the team in different types of ways. I don't look at it as a bad thing. I just think it was a bad marriage. With that, I don't blame the O-line or anybody else. At the end of the day, I can still get better and I'm going to be working my tail off and trying to be the best running back now."
As Levi Damien of Silver and Black Pride notes, Richardson didn't blame anybody else, but he also didn't necessarily put the blame on himself either. It's also interesting to hear Richardson expand more on the aspect of it being a bad marriage with the Colts - something we've heard him say other times recently. He mentions that the Colts' system was different from the one he played in with the Browns in 2012 and that he had to become more of a blocker.
Richardson said that he doesn't look at blocking as a bad thing but that it was a bad marriage. Ok. Per Pro Football Focus, Richardson spent 187 snaps over the past two years with the Colts pass blocking - that's compared to 320 carries and 55 receptions. In fact, it could be argued that where Richardson was best at with the Colts in 2014 was in pass protection - and that most certainly wasn't all he was doing. While he did spend more time in pass protection with the Colts than with the Browns (he played just 69 snaps doing that in Cleveland), he also saw plenty of opportunities to prove himself in any other area.
Richardson said that he intends to be a starter in Oakland. Most definitely," he confirmed. "If a guy is coming in and doesn't expect to be a starter, why is that guy here? For me, I expect to be a starter wherever I'm at. I just can't wait for the opportunity." In order for that to happen with the Raiders, he's going to have to impress them - first and foremost with his work ethic.
Although it'd also be a good thing to make sure he fits in their system, I guess.