NFL Rumors: Trent Richardson

Offseason key for Richardson? 

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Trent Richardson is supposed to be a star franchise running back, since, in essence, he is worth two first-round picks. That's because the Cleveland Browns drafted him third overall in 2012 and the Indianapolis Colts gave up their 2014 first-rounder to acquire him in September. Thus far, though, he's been a complete bust for the Colts, as he mustered just 458 yards on 157 carries (2.9 YPC) last season.

Fleshing out Colts' backfield 

November, 19, 2013
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It's been difficult to figure out what exactly the Indianapolis Colts have going on in their backfield the past few weeks. They flipped a first-round pick to acquire Trent Richardson from the Cleveland Browns earlier this season, but he has averaged just 2.8 yards per carry with the Colts. Meanwhile, Donald Brown has averaged a whopping 5.9 yards per carry this season.

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How will the Colts split backfield work? 

October, 9, 2013
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Indianapolis Colts running back Ahmad Bradshaw was placed on injured reserve yesterday and is set to undergo season-ending neck surgery. Last week we discussed the state of Indianapolis' backfield if Bradshaw was out for the season, positing that Trent Richardson will likely transition into a full-time workhorse instead of operating in a quasi-timeshare. Now that Bradshaw has indeed been ruled out for the year, we'll find out out how big Richardson's role can become and if backup Donald Brown will continue to step up.

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What if Bradshaw's done for season? 

October, 3, 2013
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It appears that the notion of having Trent Richardson paired with Ahmad Bradshaw in the Indianapolis Colts backfield may not be in the cards at all this season due to his troublesome neck injury.

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Expectations for Colts backfield 

September, 23, 2013
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Fantasy owners had to be jumping for joy at the statistical prospects for Trent Richardson with his new team, especially after he scored a touchdown on his first carry (from the 1-yard line) with the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday. However, Richardson never really got going after that; he had just 34 yards on his final dozen carries. Meanwhile, veteran Ahmad Bradshaw churned out 95 yards and a score on 19 carries. Bradshaw also caught three passes for 16 yards, while Richardson failed to pull in any of the three passes Andrew Luck threw his way.

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Richardson helps in protection 

September, 18, 2013
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The Indianapolis Colts' acquisition of running back Trent Richardson does several things for the team's offense. Paired with quarterback Andrew Luck, Richardson could be the perfect complement capable of being a power runner. Furthermore, Richardson is also adept at catching passes out of the backfield, though it isn't the focal point of his game. However, a possibly underrated aspect of what the Colts are gaining in the trade is more help in pass protection.

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Who replaces Richardson in Cleveland 

September, 18, 2013
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And just like that, Trent Richardson's career in Cleveland is over after only 17 games, 1055 yards and 11 touchdowns. The move is one plenty of Browns fans will surely need time to digest -- especially those who plunked down cash for a Richardson jersey -- but the season is still young and there are 14 games remaining on the schedule.

So who's next in line to carry the football for Cleveland?

Here are the top candidates:

  • Willis McGahee -- McGahee is the player Cleveland reportedly has pegged to replace Richardson, according to this tweet by Ian Rapoport of NFL.com, but first he'll have to pass the team physical. As Rapoport mentions, that's no sure thing for a player like McGahee who turns 32 in October and is coming off a season where he was limited to 10 games due to a leg injury. He was passed over in favor of Brandon Jacobs after working out for the New York Giants last week, but is the best option Cleveland can trot out there if he's healthy enough to play. McGahee ran for 731 yards on 167 carries and scored four touchdowns for the Broncos last season, giving him 8,097 yards and 63 TDs in his career.

  • Bobby Rainey -- Signed off of waivers from Baltimore on Sept. 1, Rainey didn't have a single carry in either of the Browns first two games. The 25-year-old did manage to make an immediate impact on special teams, though, with his 24.5 yards per return ranking No. 10 in the league.

  • Chris Ogbonnaya -- Like Rainey, the five-year pro has yet to carry the rock this season, with his offensive stats being limited to the passing game (3 receptions, 34 yards). Ogbonnaya has 95 rushing attempts in his career, but only 8 since the beginning of last season.

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Richardson's 3rd-down role 

September, 13, 2013
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It's no secret that the Cleveland Browns underutilized RB Trent Richardson in their Week 1 loss to the Miami Dolphins. That's pretty obvious, considering that he had only 13 carries for 47 yards and 2 catches for 30 yards. Of particular interest was that Richardson was rarely on the field for third downs and never got a touch in those situations.

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Richardson's workload 

September, 10, 2013
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Expectations entering the 2013 campaign were that Trent Richardson would be a genuine workhorse running back and perhaps even lead the NFL in carries. Week 1 didn't work out that way at all. He finished with just 47 yards on 13 carries. Even more concerning was that only five of those carries came in the third quarter and zero in the fourth. Coach Rob Chudzinski defended their approach on Monday.

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Getting the most out of Richardson 

September, 3, 2013
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As good as Trent Richardson was as a rookie -- and he was good, totaling more than 1,300 yards and tallying a dozen TDs -- he sported a pedestrian 3.6 yards-per-carry average. In 2013, Richardson is in position to improve upon all of those numbers, especially if OC Norv Turner sticks to his plan of giving the RB upward of 350 touches. Richardson also expects a bump from play calls that will have him running outside the tackles this season, something he feels didn't happen often enough last season.

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Browns leaning too much on Richardson? 

August, 19, 2013
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UPDATE: Although there are injury and work-overload concerns when it comes to Trent Richardson, if he can prove to be durable, the sky is the limit for his fantasy value. That's why ESPN NFL Insider Matt Williamson has the RB at the top of his list of long-term fantasy keepers. You can read his thoughts at the bottom of this post.
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Dion Lewis was slated for a regular third-down role behind starting running back Trent Richardson before he was felled by a broken leg that may cost him the entire 2013 campaign. Cleveland Browns offensive coordinator Norv Turner granted that losing Lewis was a blow, and they may have to lean more heavily on Richardson as a result.

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Browns backfield beset by injuries 

August, 16, 2013
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UPDATE: Per Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, "The Browns are still trying to determine if running back Dion Lewis' fractured left fibula is a season-ending injury, or if he's candidate for short-term injured reserve. ..."

Lewis will undergo further testing today before an assessment will be made on his roster status.
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We knew that Trent Richardson was going to be the rare heavily featured NFL running back this season, with 300-plus carries available for him. That plans was by design, because coach Rob Chudzinski and offensive coordinator Norv Turner like to lean on one back. However, injuries to the Cleveland Browns backfield may make it a necessity.

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Latest on Richardson's shin 

August, 13, 2013
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According to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, while Trent Richardson has been limited in training camp by his shin injury, it's "moreso because the coaches have him on pitch count." That seems to imply that the injury, which has been bothering him to some extent all summer, isn't that much of an issue right now and that the Cleveland Browns are simply doing everything possible to make sure that he is 100 percent when the regular season kicks off. His availability for Thursday's preseason tilt with the Detroit Lions is unclear, but it appears he isn't pushing to play in the preseason.

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Trent Richardson's latest injury status 

August, 3, 2013
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Browns' running back Trent Richardson is attempting to eschew the label he's "injury prone." Unfortunately, he's continually dealt with injuries since he came into the NFL. Richardson missed another practice Friday after being kicked in the shin. The latest injury appears to be of little concern to the running back despite missing a session.

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Norv's plans for Richardson 

July, 24, 2013
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New Cleveland Browns offensive coordinator Norv Turner may be known as a QB guru, but he also played a role in how well legendary RBs like Emmitt Smith and LaDainian Tomlinson performed as pros. Although Turner said he doesn't like to compare a player like Trent Richardson to guys like Smith and LT2, the OC granted that Richardson is "that type of runner" and that "I think he’s capable of doing great things," according to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

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