Richardson, Weeden Ready to Beef up Browns Offense
BEREA, Ohio — The Cleveland Browns revamped their offense with two picks in the first round of the NFL Draft. On Friday, the new combo was officially introduced.
They were all smiles Friday in Berea as Trent Richardson and Brandon Weeden were formally introduced as Cleveland Browns.
“I haven’t been able to sleep so I’m just so excited to be here, I love the feeling,” said Richardson.
“It’s a dream come true for all of us and to be a part of a great organization,” Weeden said.
Both Weeden and Richardson have a little history, they worked out together in Arizona leading up to the draft. Weeden thinks the new Browns running back is the real deal.
“I told people last week, he is the best player in the country last year in college football. He is very, very dynamic,” said the quarterback.
Not only is Richardson dynamic, but unlike most running backs, Richardson doesn’t mind doing the dirty work.
“Pass blocking just comes natural to me and that is the fastest way to put yourself on the bench,” Richardson said. “If you don’t know how to block nobody and I want to be an every down back.”
Many are comparing the Alabama running back to Ray Rice and Maurice Jones-Drew, but Richardson is ready to make a name for himself.
“I can be one of those guys that you can mention my name with that type of back or be the Emmitt Smith type back or the Marshall Faulk-even the great Jim Brown when it comes down to it,” Richardson said.
As for Weeden his biggest knock is his age. He’ll turn 29 in October.
“I think being 28 years old is an advantage for me. I use it as an advantage because my body is still fresh. I still have a lot of football left in my tank,” said Weeden.
Weeden is the oldest player taken in the first round in the NFL Draft’s Modern Era. He was drafted by New York Yankees as a pitcher coming out of high school but always kept the football nearby.
“Every off-season I would throw a football before I even picked up a baseball to kind of get my arm in shape,” Weeden said.
Now that Richardson and Weeden are in Cleveland, maybe they can keep these smiles going through January.