Trent Richardson to Start For Browns in Week 1
The Cleveland Browns won’t have to wait to see what they have in rookie running back Trent Richardson. According to NFL Network’s Albert Breer via Twitter, Richardson will make the start for the Browns on Sunday, despite multiple knee surgeries in the past eight months.
This isn’t a huge surprise, but Richardson was listed as questionable all week, and his exact status had been up in the air for the past couple of weeks. This is great news for an otherwise suspect Cleveland offense. Richardson is expected to share the rushing load with backup Montario Hardesty and third down back Brandon Jackson in his NFL debut.
T-Rich starting is excellent news, but his role may be a bit skewed for his first pro game. Unless he’s truly 100%, Richardson won’t be a strong candidate to reach 20 total touches, while it’d be ideal to see how he performs in real action before going with him as a RB1 or RB2, anyways. However, if you need him he appears to be safe to use, while the Eagles did give up a lot of fantasy production to running backs in 2011. There’s risk here, but also some interesting potential.