If the Cleveland Browns are going to rise up from the cellar of the AFC North and become a respectable franchise again, then they’ll need the #3-overall pick of the 2012 NFL Draft to live up to his potential. Trent Richardson fought through multiple injuries during his rookie campaign to finish the year with a very respectable 950 yards and 11 TDs last season, and added 51 catches for 367 yards, despite sitting out the final game and playing most of the season with broken ribs.
Just recently, Richardson at out the mandatory June minicamp and OTAs with a muscle strain in his right shin, but is still confident he won’t miss any practice time when training camp opens July 25:
I have no pain at all in the leg. I’ll be ready for camp and I’ll be ready to go for the season.
I’ll be full-go right from the get-go and y’all out there will see me flying around. I can’t wait to get out there and I can’t wait for the first game. I’ve been waiting forever for this season and I know it’s going to be a good one for us.
I’ve been doing sprints, a lot of plyometrics (jump-training) and a lot of quick-twitch work. It’s a lot of muscle-memory stuff designed to get the explosion back.
I’m going to be out there in camp having fun this time. My knee’s not hurting. Last year, I was pretty banged up coming into the camp and I didn’t even know it. When I was walking, my leg, sometimes it just wouldn’t catch and so it kind of gave out on me. This will be the first time I’m going into an NFL with no surgeries or anything like that.
The Browns do have insurance if Richardson misses time, as second-stringer Montario Hardesty and third-stringer Dion Lewis are capable backs who can be a nice “thunder-and-lightning” combination.