Jason Miller/Getty Images
Trent Richardson is a fantastic running back and a football player that is going to do great things in the NFL. It is not a reach to consider Richardson one of the best young running backs in the game. He is a workhorse type of running back—the kind of running back that never needs to come off of the field.
He has made quite an impression on the Browns' coaching staff.
Both head coach Pat Shurmur and running backs coach Gary Brown have talked about Richardson in a very positive way.
Coach Shurmur talked about how Richardson was naturally tough to tackle.
“Wow!” coach Pat Shurmur said according to Tony Grossi of ESPNCleveland.com. “He’s a very powerful man. He’s powerfully built. Don’t let the 5'9" fool you. He’s almost 230 pounds. That’s a lot of muscle packed into that body. I just think he’s got a very powerful build, much like we thought, and it shows up on the field.”
He also talked about how elusive Richardson is.
“Depending on how they’re built, runners get used to their size and it drives their running style,” Shurmur said. “Trent can get his foot down and slash it up in the line of scrimmage. By the nature of his build, it’s hard to get your arms around him and tackle. That natural leverage that he has also gives him great balance.”
Coach Brown discussed Richardson's physique and whether Richardson's short stature will help him on the field.
“I think everybody is amazed (by Richardson’s physique),” said running back coach Gary Brown.
“It’s a smaller target,” he said. “Guys lose you behind the big O-line. What happens, guys can stay low, find creases and make big runs. You look at guys like Ray Rice, (Maurice) Jones-Drew, those guys take advantage of that. And when they get loose, they have enough power and enough speed where they’re hard to tackle. You do finally catch up to them.
“What happens, when you’re not a tall back and you’re strongly built, your balance is better. That’s a tremendous advantage when guys try to arm tackle you. You bounce off and keep going.”
Richardson is as talented as any running back that has come into the NFL in some time. He is going to be productive right away for the Browns.