Browns running back Trent Richardson only finished the 2012 season with 950 rushing yards. This has some fans concerned about the Browns first round pick from the 2012 NFL draft. It also has Browns senior editor Vic Carucci worried that Richardson will be labeled as a underachiever, if he doesn’t rush for over 1,000 yards in 2013.
To be fair to Trent, you have to remember he missed game 16 last season because of an ankle injury he suffered in-game 15 against the Broncos. Some are concerned because Richardson already is riding the injury train once again this season.
He missed the mini camps and it was because of a lower leg injury. Yes, the Browns drafted a guy at number 3 overall with leg problems. Yes, he missed the entire preseason last year and yes he only had 950 yards in 2012.
If T-Rich would have played in-game 16 in 2012, there is little doubt that he would have broken the 1,000 yard mark. In his story on the Browns website, Carucci uses Alfred Morris the guy who was taken in the 6th round of the 2012 draft as a comparison. Morrie rushed for 1,613 yards in 2012 and finished 2nd in the NFL in 2012.
Richardson finished 18th on the NFL rushing list and that has some people worried. What they should be worried about is Richardson’s ability to stay healthy. If he can do that and if he can play all 16 games he should break the 1,000 yard mark.
If he suffers another injury that keeps him from breaking the bench mark that great running backs are measured by, then yes, Carucci may have a valid point. Because of where Richardson was taken in the draft, he would be labeled as a underachiever.
Lets hope that is not the case. The Browns are going to need him to have a Banner year this season.
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