It has been announced running back Chris Rainey has been released from the Colts. Coach Chuck Pagano stated that, "It's an in-house deal," giving us no indication of why the running back was released. Rainey did not record a single run in the 2013 season and was not a contributing player on special teams. In 2013 he was released by the Steelers after allegedly slapping a woman in the face.
The already thin running back group of the Colts just became thinner. We would have to imagine that Coach Pagano knows what he is doing and this bodes well for starting running back Trent Richardson. There is very little competition in the backfield behind Richardson with only Ahmad Bradshaw and Dan Herron . This release boosts Richardson's value as he will most likely be the feature back and take on a consistent amount of carries. I, for one, believe Richardson has much to prove. I understand the Colts had major offensive line problems in 2013 and not all the blame is on Richardson for his poor statistical season. With time to mesh in the new system I believe Richardson will shock people this year.