Although Cleveland Browns rookie running back Trent Richardson has been banged up most of the season, the first round pick still has 670 yards rushing on 180 carries. With six games left, Richardson is well on pace for a 1,000 yard season. Has Richardson done everything expected of him?
Through ten games, TRich has a respectable 3.7 yards per carry. The rookie back easily accounts for sixty percent of the Browns offense. Richardson is the team’s leading receiver in receptions with 37. His ability to catch the ball out of the back field is impressive and has often moved the chains by doing so. With six total touchdowns on the season, TRich also leads the team. So, what is the problem?
Recently, Richardson has come under fire for hesitating at the line and not hitting the hole hard enough. Are you kidding me? If not for Richardson, the Browns may not have any wins. Despite playing injured, TRich has 959 all-purpose yards. Is this not good enough for the critics and analysts?
The thing about Richardson is he would give it all up if it equated in wins for the Browns. In his first year in the NFL, Richardson has lost twice the amount of times than he did in his entire college career with the Alabama Crimson Tide. He has participated and watched the Browns lose heart breaker after heart breaker. With six games left, Richardson wants nothing more to win football games.
To finish the season strong and gain his 1,000 yards, TRich needs 330 more yards in six games. There is no reason why he shouldn’t average 55 yards per game. To eclipse the 500 yards receiving mark, no. 33 needs 211 more yards. TRich is over due for that monster game he so desperately wants. Could it happen this week against the Pittsburgh Steelers?
Ryan Ruiz – Cleveland Browns Writer
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