Trent Richardson Due Back For Week 1?
The Cleveland Browns drafted running back Trent Richardson with their first pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, with the hopes that they finally had a cornerstone piece for their offense. They were probably right, but a second knee scope in eight months delayed Richardson’s impact.
According to the Akron Beacon-Journal, the delay may extend much longer. Per the report, Richardson has a “pretty good chance” of returning to the team in time to start week one against the Philadelphia Eagles.
While promising news, it still isn’t likely to translate into a heavy workload for Richardson. In fact, per ESPN‘s Adam Schefter, it could be several weeks before Richardson is at 100%, and until he is, the Browns are likely to keep his workload on the lighter side.
Backups Montario Hardesty and Brandon Jackson figure to help Richardson shoulder the load for week one, and possibly through week three.
Fantasy owners who have T-Rich or are eyeing him can’t like a light workload for any stretch, but this certainly beats him sitting out any games. Richardson’s draft value was clearly hit by this, but if you’re willing to sacrifice elite production out of him for the first three games or so to start the year, you could be potentially landing a huge steal. T-Rich still figures to be a strong RB2 when healthy in Cleveland, as their passing game is still a mess.