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Richardson focuses on finishing

Posted Oct 7, 2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Rookie running back Trent Richardson knows the team has to learn to finish games in order to secure wins.

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Cleveland Browns running back Trent Richardson got off to a quick start in the team’s 41-27 loss to the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

After the Browns forced a turnover on the Giants’ first offensive play of the game, Richardson gained seven yards on his first carry. On second-and-three, Richardson ran for a 15-yard touchdown and gave the team a 7-0 lead over the Giants with 14:08 left in the first quarter.

Richardson took the handoff from Weeden on second-and-three, burst through a hole behind center Alex Mack and scored. With the touchdown, Richardson became the first Browns rookie ever to rush for a touchdown in four consecutive games.

“We had a strong start and one thing we’ve got to do, we’ve got to keep our foot on the pedal,” Richardson said. “We’ve got to make sure we finish the game. Early on, we had a real good start, but we’ve got to make sure we finish. We’ve got to play 60 minutes.”

On the Browns’ next possession, Richardson gained six yards on two carries. After his five-yard gain on first-and-10 from the Browns’ 33-yard line, quarterback Brandon Weeden dropped back and found rookie wide receiver Josh Gordon over the middle of the field for a 62-yard touchdown.

With Phil Dawson’s extra point after Gordon’s touchdown, the Browns had a 14-0 lead. However, they were outpaced, 41-13, over the game’s final 50 minutes.

“Right now, to this point, we have been in every game,” Richardson said. “We were still in the game down to the end. We put ourselves in a situation where they were up by 14 points and we could’ve made something happen. We’ve just got to finish every game. It’s frustrating not having won yet because we practice too hard and did too much this summer and in the spring program. We work too hard not to have a win. If we do one play better than we do each week, we’ll be up on teams and we’ll win. We’ve got to make sure we finish games.”

Richardson rushed for a team-best 81 yards and the one touchdown on 17 carries. In addition to averaging 4.8 yards-per-carry, Richardson caught the second-most passes by a Browns player on Sunday.

He was targeted with seven passes and caught five for a total of 47 yards. He averaged 9.4 yards-per-reception, nearly a first down with every catch.

“I thought it was going to be a good day,” Richardson said. “I’m not saying it was a good day, but the Giants had a real good defense and a lot of people are not going to have that many yards or have as much success as they think they’re going to have against the Giants. They weren’t the Super Bowl champs for nothing. I just thought it was going to be a real good, solid game.”

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