The Browns keep saying Richardson is making good progress, yet there has been no reports of the number one draft pick taking any snaps at practice. Is Trent Richardson that gifted he can just step into the Browns starting line-up in week one and make a difference? If Richardson doesn’t start practicing with the Browns this week the chance of him starting in week one go way down. The Browns could be exaggerating Richardson’s progress to keep the fans hoping to see him buying tickets.
Richardson who had to have the knee he had surgically repaired touched up in August would be making a quick return from that surgery if indeed he did start in week one. Usually it takes 6-8 weeks to come back after having a knee scoped. The Browns need to be sure Richardson is ready to resume football activity before they just stick him into the line-up. The Browns haven’t had the best of luck with number one picks since returning to the league in 1999. There is no sense in adding Trent Richardson’s name to the list of unsuccessful first round picks.
The Browns have 2 other backs that can come into the game and make a difference in week one. Both Hardesty and Jackson have showed signs in the preseason they can get the job done out of the Browns backfield. The Browns need to be smart with Richardson’s future. There is no good reason to rush the back into the starting line up if his knee isn’t 100%. Especially against the Philadelphia Eagles who have a penetrating defense and could get to Richardson’s knee in the early going of the Browns opening game….
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