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Unfortunately, we have not been able to see Richardson in action this preseason, as he suffered a knee injury that could potentially keep him out of the lineup for Week 1.
This is a real shame, because Richardson was arguably the best overall player to enter this year's draft. Rarely do teams spend high draft picks on running backs anymore, but not only did the Browns take him third overall—they even traded up to ensure that they would not miss out on him.
Richardson's OROY chances depend more on his health than anything else. If he is able to avoid missing time and can still operate at 100 percent when the season starts, he can be regarded among the league's best running backs within a few weeks.
However, Richardson had knee surgery in the weeks leading up to the draft, which caused him to miss the combine. The Browns, who obviously were willing to overlook his health concerns, are hoping that these knee issues are isolated incidents.
Assuming he comes back soon, Richardson will see a ton of carries as a rookie and not come off the field on third downs, allowing him to rack up unusual numbers for a rookie.
Odds: 20 percent