Running back Trent Richardson went from a prolific running back at Alabama in college to one of the biggest busts relative to potential in the past decade playing in the NFL.
Richardson was drafted with the 3rd overall pick by the Cleveland Browns after finishing third in the Heisman voting being Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III.
Even with the constant non-production and vision seemingly worse than if Hellen Keller put on the cleats and lined up in the ‘I’, Richardson has lofty goals in his comeback attempt with his newest team, the Baltimore Ravens.
When asked by Comcast SportsNet how his story would end, the 25-year old Richardson said: “Putting on a yellow jacket.”
He added, “As a person at that time, mentally [I] wasn’t stable enough to play football, for any level,” Richardson told Comcast SportsNet. “My mindset wasn’t right for it. I had too much going on outside of football. The football was always there, but everything that carried on outside the field, it carried onto the field. I couldn’t think about football all the time. Football became little to me at the time.”
One possible reasoning behind the running back’s lack of success could be attributed to injuries. Baltimore, weary of injuries including a nagging hamstring issue, waited to sign him until April. The hamstring has still caused him to miss the first full week of OTAs.
“This is a good chance of being my last ride when it comes to proving myself in the NFL,” Richardson noted. “I know myself that I’m not done in the NFL, don’t want to be done. I got a taste of what that felt like. To tell my kids that their father didn’t have a job, it was big for me. I’m here. I’m going to be here for a while.”
Following a relatively impressive rookie season where Richardson rushed for only 50 shy of 1,000 yards, 51 catches out of the backfield for 367 yards, and 12 total touchdowns, he has only 1082 rushing yards, 545 receiving yards, and 7 touchdowns over the past three seasons. He currently has a career 3.3 yard per carry average and has never averaged more than 3.6 yards per carry in an NFL season.
We think the more likely place for Trent Richardson to land is the hospital being diagnosed with CTE rather than next to his bust in Canton, but yay for optimism!
Richardson will compete for a spot on the roster with current Ravens’ backs Justin Forsett, Buck Allen, Lorenzo Taliaferro, Kenneth Dixon and Terrance West.