Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 7/14/13
Running back Trent Richardson was very impressive at the University of Alabama where he accumulated 3,130 yards and 35 touchdowns, 21 of them from rushing yards in his three seasons with Crimson Tide. Richardson was recognized as an All-American, the member of two BCS National Championship teams and was awarded the Doak Walker Award in 2011.Richardson was picked third overall in the 2012 NFL Draft. Cleveland traded up with the Minnesota Vikings to acquire Richardson in hopes of bringing their lack luster offense back to life. Trent put a little pep in the step of the Cleveland Browns last season when he rushed for 950 yards and 11 touchdowns. Richardson’s numbers were impressive despite being plagued by injuries most of the season and missing quite of bit of time during his rookie training camp while recovering from a scope on his repaired knee.  According to early reports from NFL.com, Richardson could be out through August but he insists he will make it to training camp and has begun a running program at home in Pensacola, Florida.Rob Chudzinski left the Carolina Panthers’ offensive coordinator position to take over as head coach of the Browns. Norv Turner was named the new offensive coordinator. The Cleveland Browns had their best season in more than 10 years back in 2007, when Chudzinski was the offensive coordinator with a 10-6 record. I would expect the new Browns’ staff to rely more on the running game this season, allowing more carries for Richardson, provided he remains healthy throughout the season.
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