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Richardson can't run, pass, block and catch every play
Trent Richardson, unlike Weeden, has that "feel." He brings that excitement, and he could have a great career. Unfortunately, Richardson cannot bring winning back to Cleveland by himself.
Richardson had a slow start against the Eagles with only 38 yards on 19 carries. But even then, he ran so hard that he knocked a player's helmet off on one of his runs.
The No. 3 pick went on to dominate against the Bengals.
The former Alabama running back earned his first 100-yard game against Cincinnati. He had 109 yards rushing along with 36 receiving yards and two touchdowns.
Against the Bengals, he looked unstoppable. On his touchdown reception, he broke tackle after tackle, and he would not be denied the touchdown. Richardson also had two rushes of over 30 yards.
Knocking a player's helmet off, big run plays and breaking multiple tackles on the way to a touchdown is how he provided a spark. Whenever he touches the ball, players and fans alike think Richardson could score.
The problem comes with the rest of the offense.
There has been no receiver that has claimed the No. 1 job. Greg Little has had trouble catching the ball. One of Weeden's interceptions came because the pass hit Little on the hands, but he could not handle it. The Browns selected WR Josh Gordon in the second round of the Supplemental Draft, and he has been ineffective.
The offensive line is still trying to build cohesion. It has allowed more than two sacks in only one game, but Richardson's two yards-per-carry average is not because Richardson can't run the ball.
Cleveland needs more, but until it gets more it will just be Richardson. If it is just going to be Richardson, it will be hard for the offense to play at a level that will win football games.