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Richardson feels 'Good, energized'

Posted Aug 24, 2013

INDIANAPOLIS -- Cleveland Browns running back Trent Richardson played three series in Saturday’s loss to the Indianapolis Colts and finished as the team’s leading rusher.

INDIANAPOLIS -- Cleveland Browns running back Trent Richardson missed the first preseason game, a win over the St. Louis Rams two weeks ago, but he has made an impact in the two games since.

Richardson rushed for 31 yards on seven carries, an average of 4.4 yards per rush, and caught a 10-yard pass in the Browns’ 27-6 loss to the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium Saturday.

“I felt really good, energized out there, was in shape, game shape,” Richardson said. “It’s different than practice shape. You never get into shape until you get into the game. I feel like I’ve got fresh legs right now.”

In two preseason games, Richardson has rushed for 64 yards. The second-year rusher credits his success to a simple philosophy of “getting back to the basics.”

“You don’t have to do all this shaking and this and that,” Richardson said. “If they get up on you, you make a move and go, or you’ve got to run them over. It’s either one. For me, it’s, ‘Get past the defender and make him miss, or he’s going to hit you.’ A lot of running backs don’t like to get hit.

“Like I told (Coach Rob Chudzinski) in the springtime, I’m going to be in the best shape for a running back that he’s ever seen. When they took me out, I was mad. I was trying to get back in. I wanted to finish. I wanted to finish that whole half and go into the third quarter.”

Richardson was involved in five of the Browns’ first six offensive plays in the game. He carried four times for 25 yards and caught a 10-yard pass that earned the Browns their first first down of the night.

“It felt good,” Richardson said. “I was surprised by it, but at the same time, Coach has a game plan, and when they want you to be that go-to guy, or they go to you on that play, you’ve just got to be on time with everything. I had Obie (Chris Ogbonnaya) in front of me blocking and he did a real good job tonight. They’re expecting a lot out of him, and he’ll give you a lot.”

While Richardson was surprised by the early work, coach Rob Chudzinski walked away impressed.

“I thought he looked good,” Chudzinski said. “He got the ball early. We wanted to get him the ball a few times early. I think he’s playing physical; I think he’s playing fast, and I’m looking forward to seeing him as we get into the regular season.”

Click here to view the photo gallery from the Browns-Colts game.