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Browns’ coaches “amazed” by Trent Richardson

Trent Richardson, Gary Brown AP

The Cleveland Browns knew before they drafted running back Trent Richardson that he’s an impressive physical specimen. Richardson showed off a rare burst of speed and power in college, and his exploits in the Alabama weight room were legendary. But the Browns’ coaches were still taken aback when they got an up-close look at him on the practice field when the team’s rookie minicamp this weekend.

I think everybody is amazed,” Browns running backs coach Gary Brown told Tony Grossi of ESPNCleveland.com.

If anyone on the Cleveland staff knew how powerful Richardson was, it’s Brown — he’s the guy who got knocked on his keester by Richardson at Alabama’s Pro Day.

“He lifted me off my feet. I just knew at that point that kid is a powerful, powerful young man,” Brown said.

Browns head coach Pat Shurmur was also impressed.

“Wow!” Shurmur said when asked about Richardson. “He’s a very powerful man. He’s powerfully built. Don’t let the 5-9 fool you. He’s almost 230 pounds. That’s a lot of muscle packed into that body. I just think he’s got a very powerful build, much like we thought, and it shows up on the field.”

The Browns will be counting on it to show up on the field for about 20 carries a game this season.

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  1. El Capitan says: May 12, 2012 8:13 PM

    shame he can’t throw the ball, eh Cleveland?

  2. galatians62 says: May 12, 2012 8:14 PM

    I mean, what could he possibly have done in shorts and a helmet that was “amazing”?

  3. linvillegorge says: May 12, 2012 8:18 PM

    Only 20 carries? The QB will be a rookie or Colt McCoy. He better get more than 20 carries or they’re getting blown out.

  4. gards81 says: May 12, 2012 8:23 PM

    They are the Browns, of course they are amazed.

  5. detroitrollin22 says: May 12, 2012 8:24 PM

    He’s gonna look good on my fantasy team.

  6. suicidalionsfan says: May 12, 2012 8:24 PM

    Fantasy needle in haystack ?

  7. randallflagg52 says: May 12, 2012 8:33 PM

    I hate how these types articles always have these fantasy football nerds adding there 2 cents about their dorky little stats game…

  8. redrobots44 says: May 12, 2012 8:33 PM

    Are people stupid enough to doubt this guy in the first place?

  9. admin says: May 12, 2012 8:42 PM

    what do you expect them to say about a 1st round draft pick? ,,,That they are already disappointed?

  10. tatum064 says: May 12, 2012 8:47 PM

    El Capitan says:
    May 12, 2012 8:13 PM
    shame he can’t throw the ball, eh Cleveland?
    =======

    Please see 2011 49ers…. if Alex Smith could turn it around, Colt McCoy or Weeden could as well.

    Browns have to D up

  11. footballfanatic1906 says: May 12, 2012 8:47 PM

    He will take the snap hand it off to himself and bingo Championship!

  12. teal379 says: May 12, 2012 8:48 PM

    He may be strong but he also fumbled the ball in practice due to a “slippery shirt”. As good as coaches are – I doubt they hit as hard as an NFL DE and that’s the test.

    I realize there’s very little to talk about right now in the NFL but let’s get these guys on the field playing meaningful games before we start writing Canton speeches.

  13. grandpoopah says: May 12, 2012 8:49 PM

    What NFL caliber player wouldn’t stand out among the Browns?

  14. drewsg says: May 12, 2012 8:58 PM

    Please see 2011 49ers…. if Alex Smith could turn it around, Colt McCoy or Weeden could as well.

    Browns have to D up

    —-

    The Browns don’t have the luxury of playing in one of the weaker divisions

  15. tangysizzl says: May 12, 2012 9:00 PM

    He cost you 4 draft picks, he better be amazing.

  16. 49erjohnny says: May 12, 2012 9:00 PM

    He’s almost as good as La Michael James.

  17. trojan33sc says: May 12, 2012 9:08 PM

    I thought he was taller but at 5’9″ he should drop some weight to make it through the entire season. God knows he’ll be needed to pass block, run routes AND run the rock. His life expectancy in football needs to be longer than the guy he reminds me of in “Marion Barber.” I’m tired of seeing all these well talented players build themselves up to get in the league, have a relatively short career then end up broke then end up joining some classless lawsuit saying that the collisions of football crippled them for life. Has anyone actually seen the video of Earl Campbell trying to walk down a flight of stairs getting off a bus???

  18. LoCoSu@%s says: May 12, 2012 9:13 PM

    So their expectations were lower?

  19. lolb23 says: May 12, 2012 9:25 PM

    Probably just amazed he isn’t holding out, or demanding a sign and trade ala Eli Manning.

  20. 216ty says: May 12, 2012 9:27 PM

    People kill me. The guysa great talent and landed in the best possible situation for him and this team. Yes they have a long way to go but getting him gets things going in the right direction. I’d love to c true football minds on these sights instead of shortsighted fools. Also Earl Campbell had a degenerative narrowing of the spine that had nothing to do with football. They said that it was a miracle that he played at all. Had they known he had the condition he never would have been allowed to play. He himself will say it had nothing to do with football. I wish people would know facts before talking.

  21. whodey28 says: May 12, 2012 9:27 PM

    C’mon Cleveland! Must be bad when your coaches are amazed by a good football player. Act like you have been there!

  22. mklax15 says: May 12, 2012 9:30 PM

    lolb23 Don’t disrespect manning, he wanted to go to a class organization because he’s a class act. And Richardson is going to be in top 5 next year for RB

  23. coop16 says: May 12, 2012 9:31 PM

    I don’t think anybody doubts that he’s a good back. The question is whether a back has much value in today’s NFL. Adrian Peterson is a great back … his team went 3-13. Steven Jackson is a great back … his team went 2-14. Twenty or thirty years ago, a great back could carry a team. Today it’s all about the passing game. As a Browns fan, I’m afraid the 2012 season is going to be one in which T-Rich gains a lot of yardage, the media gets all excited about him, and the team wins 2 or 3 games all year.

  24. christopher525 says: May 12, 2012 9:34 PM

    Trojan33sc, glad I’m not the only who noticed the size comparison to Barber.

  25. ultimatefrisbee88 says: May 12, 2012 9:35 PM

    I love how people waste their time talking about something (fantasy) that they admit doesn’t concern them.

  26. vikingsinla says: May 12, 2012 9:43 PM

    What is the RB coach supposed to say? They are trying to sell tickets for a club that will likely be drafting in the top 3 for the next 10 years. He’s not going to say the guy is terrible no matter what.

  27. datd00d says: May 12, 2012 9:47 PM

    I get that adding a good RB is a quick and easy instant upgrade for an offense, but do they think they’re gonna win by running the ball in the AFC North? Baltimore, Pittsburgh, and Cincinnati are all top 10 in rush D!

    Sounds good on paper, but makes little sense when you think about it. Cleveland.

  28. specialteamsposter says: May 12, 2012 9:49 PM

    Yawn…another one of these “hey fanbase, the guy we just drafted is (awesome/fantastic/amazing/wow) despite not having played a single snap” type stories. Can’t wait till the season begins.

  29. billhicks666 says: May 12, 2012 9:54 PM

    randallflagg52 says:

    “I hate how these types articles always have these fantasy football nerds adding there 2 cents about their dorky little stats game…”

    Well, we all can’t be as “cool” as you, randy. And by the way: naming yourself after a fictional bad-ass does not in turn make YOU a bad-ass. Understand, sparky?

  30. gary15217 says: May 12, 2012 9:54 PM

    Lol, it still won’t matter. The Ravens and Steelers are two of the best defensive teams in the league and a rookie QB will be devoured by both of them. Another year of futility for the hapless Browns. I truly feel sorry for their fans.

  31. jmccallion says: May 12, 2012 9:57 PM

    Finally finally something good for the Browns. You knew when they didn’t try to sign Hillis they were going to do anything to draft Trent. I haven’t been this happy since they drafted Joe Thomas.

  32. mymanmccoy says: May 12, 2012 10:05 PM

    Keep chirping browns haters, you’ll see.

  33. micker716 says: May 12, 2012 10:08 PM

    All-Underwear 1st team.

  34. kevpft says: May 12, 2012 10:20 PM

    billhicks666 says: May 12, 2012 9:54 PM

    Well, we all can’t be as “cool” as you, randy. And by the way: naming yourself after a fictional bad-ass does not in turn make YOU a bad-ass. Understand, sparky?

    ==========

    And naming yourself after a comedian doesn’t make you funny.

    But at least you had the good taste to pick a genius comedian. How brilliant he was, and what a tragic loss.

    But it still doesn’t make you funny. And fantasy football is still lame.

  35. camdenyard says: May 12, 2012 10:29 PM

    I can’t wait until he meeets Mr. Ngata and Mr. Lewis. With a rookie QB, can you say 4-12 for clownie…again?

  36. mojosmagic says: May 12, 2012 10:34 PM

    The Browns blew their draft by mot trading up for RJ. They would have had a stud QB for the next 15 years.

  37. Deb says: May 12, 2012 10:40 PM

    If they were that amazed, they must not have had the opportunity to watch much of Trent’s college career. He combines speed and brute force. As a Steelers fan, I trust LeBeau and a defense that finished 2011 ranked first overall, first against the pass, and eighth against the run. But as a Bama fan, I know Trent’s capabilities too well. He’s not someone to be underestimated.

  38. gards81 says: May 12, 2012 10:51 PM

    He should give the Browns a good case of the runs…

  39. khmer379 says: May 12, 2012 10:55 PM

    He a descent RB but he aint worth a #3 overall pick n why did the browns replace mcoy with weeden still make me scratch my head

  40. jagsfanugh says: May 12, 2012 11:04 PM

    Jim Brown isn’t impressed though.

  41. lpdog32 says: May 12, 2012 11:12 PM

    I hate to rain on Browns fans parade but he will be an average RB at best. Like Jim Brown said, he doesn’t have any moves. He’s a straight line runner and he won’t be able to run over NFL caliber players. He’ll be effective but won’t be special.

  42. squared80 says: May 12, 2012 11:14 PM

    Amazed by 2 fumbles in 5 touches? Me too.

  43. stairwayto7 says: May 12, 2012 11:22 PM

    I think Brown coaches and fans would be amazed if the Browns won more than 5 games this year!

  44. brownyelf says: May 12, 2012 11:25 PM

    I can’t wait for him to truck grandpa lewis

  45. brownsalwaysrebuilding says: May 12, 2012 11:29 PM

    I hope Richardson is the real deal. It’ll be hard playing in a division where every other team made the playoffs last year. How often does that happen?

    and Fantasy Football is fun… if you’re a Browns fan it’s a reason to keep watching football the last half of the season. Hopefully that changes though and we will have a real reason. Weeden has a cannon too.

  46. schmitty2 says: May 12, 2012 11:32 PM

    kevpft says:
    May 12, 2012 10:20 PM
    billhicks666 says: May 12, 2012 9:54 PM

    Well, we all can’t be as “cool” as you, randy. And by the way: naming yourself after a fictional bad-ass does not in turn make YOU a bad-ass. Understand, sparky?

    ==========

    And naming yourself after a comedian doesn’t make you funny.

    But at least you had the good taste to pick a genius comedian. How brilliant he was, and what a tragic loss.

    But it still doesn’t make you funny. And fantasy football is still lame.

    Yes, us fantasy FB guys are lame..so what? Your posting about it on a Sat night. Guess your way cooler than we are

  47. dobberdubinsky says: May 12, 2012 11:46 PM

    Expectations should not be tempered with this guy, he will be a top 3 back by next year if not this year. The guy’s got AD written all over him, I see him getting 1400 and 12 minimum as a rookie. As far as fantasy is concerned, I usually don’t like taking rooks early, but I will make an exception in TRich’s case.

  48. billhicks666 says: May 12, 2012 11:49 PM

    @schmitty2:

    What the hell are you talking about?? My name is bill hicks, stupid. I’m not trying to be funny or cool, either, so thanks for your completely unwarranted and asinine comment.

  49. billhicks666 says: May 12, 2012 11:52 PM

    @kevpft:

    What the hell are you talking about?? My name is bill hicks, stupid. I’m not trying to be funny or cool, either, so thanks for your completely unwarranted and asinine comment.

    My apologies to schmitty2.

  50. realdealsteel says: May 13, 2012 12:17 AM

    Browns still don’t have any wide receivers. So the opponent is going to put everybody and their mama at the line to bust up Richardson.

    And when their down by two TD’s, they won’t be giving him the ball anymore then.

    Browns just can’t get it right.

  51. st1llerz1 says: May 13, 2012 12:35 AM

    The rest of the division will be “amazed” if the clowns finally got one right!!

    GO STEELERS!

  52. johnmaddenslovechild says: May 13, 2012 12:35 AM

    Their gonna run this dude till he’s dead.. Its sad cause the second the browns get a gem they take it and somehow ruin it.. Will not be surprised to see him out around week 8

  53. willcoop62 says: May 13, 2012 12:42 AM

    Looks like a bigger version of Emmitt Smith

  54. akbrownsfan says: May 13, 2012 2:52 AM

    Haters gonna hate

  55. jasonrjung says: May 13, 2012 3:41 AM

    Jim Brown has a great point here. Look at the best three to five RB’s in the game today and you tell me if they are Power or Agility?

    Adrian Peterson -if he was a power back they wouldn’t need Gerhart!

    Chris Johnson – Weighs 180 pounds for Gods sake.
    Jamaal Charles – The most explosive player in the game doesn’t need to run anyone over.

    Ray Rice – Ray is a complete back that does it all and does have a little power but he’s got finesse too – don’t argue with me.

    Arian Foster – Not as agile as Johnson or Charles but does have some jukes. Not purely downhill likes to move laterally.

    Frank Gore – Now, Frank will straight run some fools over. In my mind he’s probably the closest to this kid Richardson. I don’t see how he breaks Cleveland out of their shell when Peyton Hillis, beast of all beasts, could not.

  56. purplecrowe says: May 13, 2012 7:19 AM

    Like the Browns did in reality football, pick this guy in the top-5 in fantasy footballas well, guy is a stud period. Think AP good during his rookie year, although without a Chester Taylor to split carries with. Not many teams utilize one true workhorse anymore, well this is going to be one that does…from day one. 1,200 yrds and 10 scores is a low-end lock…

  57. rubicon202 says: May 13, 2012 7:52 AM

    Like dude said an a earlier blog..what else would they say?

  58. fearthebengaltiger says: May 13, 2012 8:19 AM

    hopefully he can throw and catch it to himself if they wanna win more than 4 games this year…..as a bengals fan i want this kid to be successful cause i want the afcn to be the best division in football…..

  59. Hammerjacker says: May 13, 2012 8:57 AM

    mklax15 says:
    May 12, 2012 9:30 PM
    lolb23 Don’t disrespect manning, he wanted to go to a class organization because he’s a class act. And Richardson is going to be in top 5 next year for RB
    —————————————————-

    Riiiiiiiiight…..

  60. muckfodell says: May 13, 2012 9:26 AM

    @whodey

    “C’mon Cleveland! Must be bad when your coaches are amazed by a good football player. Act like you have been there!”

    ___________________________________

    You Bungles’ fans crack me up. One good year out of every ten and you are piling on like you are the Patriots.

    Try for two winning seasons in a row before you start crowing about your roster of convicts…

  61. istateyourname says: May 13, 2012 9:34 AM

    5′ 9″? Ha, ha, ha! That is sooo Cleveland. What is this guy’s nickname Napolean Dynamite?
    A little short on third down? Time to punt Cleveland, again.

  62. valentino8100 says: May 13, 2012 9:47 AM

    What a shame, for both player and team. Richardson is a beast, but Cleveland needs has too many needs right now to contend. Pat Shurmur is probably not “the guy”, and by the time they figure that out, and get some other critical pieces together (QB for instance), the wheels will be falling off Trent Richardson and his 35 carries per game, and they’ll be right back at square one. What a waste of a draft pick, and a great player. A RB, even a great running back, cannot carry his to a division title in a pass first league, – see Adrian Peterson.

  63. realnflmaster says: May 13, 2012 9:52 AM

    Alex Smith was the #1 pick. Colt McCoy is lucky he didn’t go undrafted.

    How you can even begin to compare the two is laughable. LAUGHABLE!

  64. blacknyellablacknyella says: May 13, 2012 9:58 AM

    just because one can’t afford to participate in fantasy football, doesn’t make it ‘dorky.’

    i don’t see it as a stat/nerd thing. i see it as gambling. my buddies and i do a weekend in vegas every year for our fantasy draft. nothing ‘nerdy’ going on that weekend. it’s a steep entry fee with a large, winner-take-all payout and we even go high-stakes every sunday, head-to-head, to keep it interesting.

    i crushed my league last year (stafford, petersen, forte, megatron, welker, gronkowski, pittsburgh, bailey) and reaped the benefits with a nice financial windfall in january.

    also, it’s made some of my friends who were never too interested in football (but rich and love to gamble) very interested in the game so sundays have gotten that much better for all of us.

  65. bamarandy66 says: May 13, 2012 10:02 AM

    1 career fumble with over 500 carries against SEC defenses, 5.8 yards a carry, great receiver out of the backfield, can run the wildcat, almost half his yards come after contact, pretty good career yards in 3 years backing up a Heisman winner 2 years. Jim Brown needs to have a crow in the freezer ready to cook and eat when Trent has a great rookie season.

  66. purpleattack says: May 13, 2012 10:03 AM

    Don’t understand why fans of rival teams always have to hate on each other. As a Ravens fan, I hope this kid is the real deal. We have to remember that close competition is what makes the NFL the best league in this country.

  67. jackblackshairyback says: May 13, 2012 10:07 AM

    Some of you are ridiculously dumb. For one, if you read the whole statement he made about a slippery jersey you’d understand he was kidding. Second, at 5’9″ and 230# he’s built like a tank(from a good source, 8% body fat). Next, whoever said he’s a straight line runner only needs to watch some of his highlights. Finally, I absolutely love it when people think having divisional opponents that have strong run defenses means you shouldn’t upgrade your running game. You idiots must have a lot of white flags with that attitude.

  68. bensstinkyfingers says: May 13, 2012 10:20 AM

    It will be nice seeingT. Rich truck that mongoloid James Harrison, and his girlfriend Troyanna Polomalu next season.This is the year the balance of power begins to shift in the AFC North. Steelers on rapid decline w a bloated immobile QB, Ravens D old and tired , QB chokes in big games, Bengals were a fluke, Dalton is not as good as media made him out to be .The Browns Have the best RB in the division now without taking a hand off, Weeden has the strongest arm in AFC North, Browns D will be tops in division this year. The Real Browns Will be back dominating for the next decade. Enjoy

  69. inthezone4 says: May 13, 2012 11:11 AM

    @bensstinkyfingers. Try looking at Dalton’s starts before posting. Then you say that the brownies have the best running back in the division with out him even taking a snap. He was great in college but the nfl is a whole different animal. I am a Bengals fan and hate our division. The ravens and steelers have great D’s along with my bengals. You guys have a nice o line but don’t have a wide out worth throwing too. The truth hurts. The browns have a long way to go before they will contend again.

  70. muckfodell says: May 13, 2012 11:25 AM

    istateyourname says: May 13, 2012 9:34 AM

    5′ 9″? Ha, ha, ha! That is sooo Cleveland. What is this guy’s nickname Napolean Dynamite?
    A little short on third down? Time to punt Cleveland, again.

    ______________________________________

    5’9″ 228 is prototypical size for a running back, and that 475 lb. bench press doesn’t hurt, either.

    It is better to remain silent and appear the fool than to open your mouth and erase all doubt.

  71. bigzant82 says: May 13, 2012 11:42 AM

    20-25 carrys is good for the kid only time will tell if he beast out also if we can save his knees and legs from injuries then all the better gotta keep this guy fresh for 3-4 years

  72. camdenyard says: May 13, 2012 11:43 AM

    I can’t wait for him to truck grandpa lewis
    ————————————————–

    Ask Rashard Mendenhall how that worked out for him.

  73. istateyourname says: May 13, 2012 5:35 PM

    …5’9″ 228 is prototypical size for a running back…

    Yeah I don’t think so. 2011 top 10 RB’s in total yards averaged 5’11 1/2″ and 217 pounds.

    5″9″ is prototypical HGH bowling ball.

  74. muckfodell says: May 14, 2012 4:29 AM

    @istateyourIQiszero

    As for the 5’9 height:

    Emmitt Smith, MJD, Barry Sanders, etc. Low center of gravity is a PLUS.

    As I said before, it is better to remain silent and appear the fool than to open your mouth and erase all doubt…

  75. eastsidehunky says: May 14, 2012 11:30 AM

    As the great Maha-rushie El Rushbo says, “Do NOT doubt me!”

    It never gets tiring being right….T-Rich will foshizzle and drizzle his doubters.

  76. istateyourname says: May 15, 2012 9:46 PM

    All I said is the guy is short, which is undeniably true. He is short for a football player, short for a running back, short for a 1st round pick and short as a regular American.

    Modell#ucker says this guy is a protypical running back which is wrong. Emmitt Smith and Barry Sanders while 5’9″ also weighed about 205. They are the prototypical short running backs. Meanwhile 230 pound running backs are about 6’1″ or 6’2″. Just because Cleveland drafted a 5’9″ 230 lb running back does not make him the prototype their dopey fans want him to be.

    I put the over/under on when this meatball is going to pull a hamstring at about Aug. 20th and I’m taking the under. The little power back will then be worthless. I know this because Cleveland drafted him …Tim Couch…Mike Mad Dog in a Meat Market Junkin…Touchdown Tommy Vardell….Brady Quinn…

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