In seven NFL games, Browns RB Trent Richardson is gaining less than four yards per carry, but it's clear he's no ordinary runner, and in Sunday’s 7-6 win over San Diego, he was the only player to reach the endzone — which was the key to Cleveland's second victory of the season. On his 26-yard first-quarter TD run, Richardson showed some speed and wiggle, but mostly, he showed power and drive, keeping his legs churning and powering away from the Chargers’ defense with an assist from ORG Shaun Lauvao, who essentially caught and released Richardson into the open field.
Richardson has played through injuries for a good deal of his rookie campaign. A knee ailment was an issue early in the season, and injured ribs have been a worry the past three weeks. However, it’s notable that two of Richardson’s best games have been bounce-back efforts after outings where he didn’t seem at full strength. In Week Two, he racked up 145 total yards and a pair of TDs at Cincinnati, one week after his return from knee surgery. On Sunday, he rolled for 122 yards on 24 carries, one week after being pulled for ineffectiveness as he dealt with the rib injury. The Browns have only one more game before their bye week, and some rest certainly wouldn’t hurt Richardson, whose toughness is clear.