Trent Richardson, Connor Cook seeking work in the XFL

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A couple of players who didn’t live up to expectations in the NFL are trying to catch the eyes of the XFL.

Running back Trent Richardson and quarterback Connor Cook are participating in the XFL’s “Summer Showcase” in St. Louis on Saturday. The “Summer Showcase” events are Combine-like workouts that the upstart league is hosting in each of the eight cities where the league will have a team.

Richardson, the third overall pick in the 2012 NFL draft, led the Alliance of American Football with 12 touchdowns last season. That wasn’t enough to get him an invitation to an NFL training camp, however, so now he’ll try to find work in the XFL.

Cook, the 100th overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft, was an All-Big Ten quarterback at Michigan State but never managed to do anything in the NFL.

The XFL’s eight teams will have a draft in September, with players who have attended the Summer Showcases eligible, as well as any players cut by NFL teams after the preseason. Other players who have participated in Summer Showcases include Landry Jones, Kony Ealy, Christine Michael, Joe Callahan and Hakeem Nicks.

11 responses to “Trent Richardson, Connor Cook seeking work in the XFL

  1. Trent Richardson was one of the few shining stars of the now-defunct AAF. I am surprised none of the NFL teams are inviting him to camp. He could be vet minimum bench depth for an RB hungry team.

  2. You’ve gotta love their desire with taking every chance available to get back to the NFL.

  3. Thank you XFL! Because of you I can continue my long standing discussion with a friend of mind about the merits, or lack there of, of Connor Cook.

  4. Say whatever you want about Trent Richardson. Perhaps he lost a step the past few years, or the speed in the NFL was too much for him to adjust to after being coddled in that Alabama offense with those tree sized linemen. Maybe he got fat and took his opportunity in the NFL for granted. Whatever the case was, the dude SERIOUSLY wants to play football NOW and he just doesn’t really care where it is. You don’t have to like a person to respect the grind of someone fighting for a job doing what they love. It might be too little too late but at least he’s trying.

    Contrast that with this new generation of athletes who are mostly self entitled punks that think the world revolves around them and their one trick. They don’t even lift a finger to get back on the field. And then when their Fame wears out they start making excuses. At least Trent isn’t blaming anybody and he’s just doing what’s in his control to get back on the field.

    I highly doubt he’ll ever get back on the NFL, but huge hat tip for trying.

  5. Trent Richardson was not a “shining star” in the AAF. The TD count is misleading. He averaged less than 3 yards per carry. That’s an abysmal number in the NFL and even worse for a player in an amateur spring league. That’s why no NFL team is interested.

  6. cletuspstillwaterjr says:
    July 11, 2019 at 2:00 pm
    Trent Richardson was one of the few shining stars of the now-defunct AAF. I am surprised none of the NFL teams are inviting him to camp. He could be vet minimum bench depth for an RB hungry team.

    NO he was not. I can’t understand why everyone kept saying that. He averaged 2.3 YPC. That is very bad. He scored touchdowns at the goal line because they ran the ball every down when close but he was slow and could not break a tackle for his life. He got all of the attention when there were much more deserving players. That is the very reason nobody picked him up with all of the guys that did get invites to the NFL.

  7. cletuspstillwaterjr says:
    July 11, 2019 at 2:00 pm
    Trent Richardson was one of the few shining stars of the now-defunct AAF. I am surprised none of the NFL teams are inviting him to camp. He could be vet minimum bench depth for an RB hungry team.

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    He averaged under 3 yards per cary in the AAF. Hardly “shining” and certainly not a “star”.

  8. Trent Richardson appears to be a likable dude whom you can root for but boy was Jim Brown right about him when he labeled him as “ordinary” when he was drafted. In fact, ordinary turned out to be too high an evaluation for Trent IMO.

  9. So what was the deal with Richardson, foot speed?

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    a few different things but chief among them was vision. He would routinely miss gaping holes and run right into the backs of his blockers. Trent was an excellent college running back but he couldn’t put it together in the pros.

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