The main learning curve is with new terminology.
“I’m a study freak,” Richardson said. “So I’m always going to be studying and trying to learn new stuff and trying to get my best ability to be in the right situation to put the team in a better situation to win.”
Richardson added he might stay up all night studying the playbook and that he wishes he had received it Wednesday night instead of Thursday morning just to get a head start.
“But I’m not that far behind, I’m not that far behind,” he said. “I know it’s a long way to go, but I’m going to work hard each day to make sure that I’m living up to the Colts’ standards.”
Hamilton and Indianapolis head coach Chuck Pagano weren’t specific with their immediate plans for Richardson. That should come as no surprise as it keeps San Francisco guessing.
But Pagano made it clear the running back won’t be strictly an observer against the 49ers, saying he wasn’t brought in to be a “water boy” and that he’ll be given “as much as he can handle” today.
How that works in a split with Ahmad Bradshaw and Donald Brown remains to be seen. But there’s no doubt Richardson’s acquisition has the team excited.
“This guy’s is a rolling ball of butcher knives,” Pagano said. “Ahmad is the same way. He fits our system. He fits our scheme to a tee.”
Bradshaw’s presence as a mentor should be a boon to Richardson’s career. He rushed for 950 yards and 11 touchdowns in 15 games as a rookie, playing through much of the season with broken ribs.
But Richardson has averaged just 3.5 yards per carry in his 17-game career and had 105 rushing yards in two games with the Browns this season.