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I will grant that it may not be fair to put a rookie within a list of players who are poised for career seasons in his first NFL season.
But much like Titus Young, the stars look to be aligning perfectly for the Cleveland Browns’ newest running back.
Richardson is the real deal who has been compared favorably to Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings. Peterson finished his rookie season with 1,309 rushing yards, 12 touchdowns and averaged 5.6 yards per carry.
Richardson is destined and expected to fill the hole Peyton Hillis left. Football fans tend to forget, Peyton Hillis ran for 1,177 yards and 11 touchdowns in his first season with the Cleveland Browns. In addition to Hillis’ 4.4 yards per carry in 2010, the running back also caught 61 passes for 477 yards.
I believe this is the same blueprint fans should expect from Richardson. The Browns offense will give Richardson every opportunity to succeed.
The Browns offense, as a whole, has gotten better. The offensive line is, perhaps, the most underrated offensive line in the league. The addition of Mitchell Schwartz to the right tackle position should help the offense get better and help Trent Richardson become even more feared on the football field.
It should help Richardson and the Browns' offensive line, that they are facing a few more favorable defenses this upcoming season. The Philadelphia Eagles (16th), Kansas City Chiefs (26th), Oakland Raiders (27th), Buffalo Bills (28th) and Indianapolis Colts (29th) all ranked in the bottom half of the NFL against stopping the run.
Richardson has already proven in college that, once he gets to the outside, he's an explosive back who's nearly unstoppable.
The Browns' lack of offensive weapons outside of Richardson will make Richardson face a lot of pressure from Game 1. This and how head coach Pat Shurmur decides to split up the carries between Richardson, Montario Hardesty and Brandon Jackson should be interesting factors to watch develop as the season progresses.
Richardson is a stud running back, though, and if there was ever an individual rookie player who could massively impact a team’s offense, then it's Trent Richardson this season.