While this was a reality that was reasonable to expect after the Cleveland Browns traded up to draft Richardson with the No. 3 overall pick in the 2012 draft, the Browns' anemic offense had many questioning his fantasy potential.
Those concerns were aggressively confirmed in Week 1 when Richardson carried a 2.1 yards-per-carry average while gaining 39 yards against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Those concerns are now a part of the distant past.
Against the solid rush defense of the Cincinnati Bengals, Richardson is filling up the stat sheets and lighting up the highlight loops. See:
That was just one touchdown. Check out these moves as Richardson displays the shiftiness and power that earned him such a lofty draft position to begin with:
Yes, both of those highlights were from the same game—two touchdowns by one Browns player in a single game! ESPN passed along this tidbit to highlight how rare this feat is:
Trent Richardson: 2nd Browns rookie since merger with 100+ Rush yds, a Rush TD and a Rec TD in the same game (Kevin Mack, 1985 vs Chargers)— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) Sept. 16, 2012
With time running out in the Cleveland Browns-Cincinnati Bengals game, Richardson has generated more than 130 yards from scrimmage and two touchdowns, and he has proven, without a doubt, that he is a No. 1 fantasy back—no matter what team he is on.