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Trent Richardson will be an impact player for the Browns.
There’s little doubt that Richardson will be the starting running back in Cleveland. When your competition is Montario Hardesty and Chris Ogbonnaya, this is a slam dunk for Richardson. With his impressive physique, he has the ability to be a downhill runner and attack defenders as he fights for extra yardage.
Some have said he may be the best running back since Adrian Peterson, but his physical aggressiveness may shorten how long he stays in the league.
Cleveland has shown little confidence in starting Colt McCoy at quarterback. His TD-INT radio of 14-11 doesn’t bode well for the Browns to try and win games through the air. Additionally, McCoy was forced to throw often because the Browns trailed late in games; he cracked the 250-yard barrier once in 12 games.
With Richardson as the running back, Cleveland has a chance to be competitive in more games but still faces the league’s third-hardest schedule. In a division that includes Pittsburgh and Baltimore, he’s going to need to be ready for the punishment he will take in 2012.