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AFC North: Browns Looking to Bring the Heat in 2013. Trent Richardson Out vs Rams

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Surprisingly, there hasn’t been a lot of talk regarding Browns’ first-round pick Barkevious Mingo. The rookie linebacker out of LSU was thought to be a lock for a starting job, but
Mingo, the no. 6 overall pick, is expected to be used as a situational pass-rusher this season. He’s played with the second-team defense as Paul Kruger and Jabaal Sheard have been penciled in as the starting outside linebackers.

The 6-foot-4 Mingo is a long, lean player who needs to log time in an NFL weight room, but he will give the Browns a solid threat as a stand-up, weakside edge rusher in his rookie year. After his sophomore year at LSU (35 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks), many pegged Mingo as a potential #1-overall pick for this year. After Mingo’’s production slipped  during his junior season (38 tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks), he wasn’t as highly-regarded coming out, but if he can give the Browns anything from a pass-rushing perspective, they’ll be happy.

 

Jul 26, 2013; Berea, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns running back Trent Richardson (33) during training camp at the Cleveland Browns Training Facility. Mandatory Credit: Ron Schwane-USA TODAY Sports

Browns Head Coach Rob Chudzinski confirmed today that running back Trent Richardson will not play in the preseason opener Thursday against the St. Louis Rams. Richardson re-injured the same shin last week that he originally hurt in May, but he did practice lightly this week. This is more precautionary than anything after an injury-riddled rookie campaign. 

"“It’s the preseason,” said Chudzinski. “We’ve have a plan for that and we’re making sure he gets reps as needed out here in practice and we build him to be ready for the beginning of the season.”"

The first-round draft pick in 2012 played most of his rookie season with two broken ribs and still rushed for 950 yards. Dion Lewis will start in Richardson’s spot.

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