Therefore, head coach Pat Shurmur made no mystery about it on Wednesday, saying it was “probably safe” to assume that Richardson would be the No. 1 back going forward.
While Brandon Jackson and Montario Hardesty are certainly fighting for snaps, there doesn’t appear to be anything in Richardson’s way that would prevent him from keeping the starting role (barring injuries, of course). However, the battle for the backup job actually does have the potential to be compelling. Both Jackson and Hardesty are coming off injuries and have plenty to prove.