Cleveland Browns running back
In doing so, he became the second Browns running back ever to run for at least 100 yards against the Ravens. He finished the game with 105 yards on 25 carries and added 31 yards on a game-high six receptions.
Richardson is now one of two rookies ever to rush for 100 or more yards against the Ravens. Only Jacksonville’s Fred Taylor had accomplished the feat prior to Richardson. Taylor ran for 128 yards against the Ravens on Sept. 20, 1998.
“I wasn’t even paying attention to that,” Richardson said of the 100-yard mark. “I treat this game like any other game. When you talk about a great defense or a good defense, you always have to throw Baltimore in there. To crack 100 yards, that’s just game-by-game. That’s one thing we try to do every game, as a whole, offensive unit.”
With his 100-yard game against the Ravens, Richardson joined Earnest Byner (1984) and Bobby Mitchell (1958) as the only first-year Browns to rush for 100 or more yards in back-to-back games. He also tied William Green and Browns Legend Kevin Mack for the most 100-yard rushing games by a Browns rookie. Green rushed for 100 yards three times in 2002 and Mack set the original standard in 1985.
Two weeks ago, Richardson rushed for 122 yards and one touchdown on 24 carries in a 7-6 win over the San Diego Chargers. He joined Green, Mack, Byner and Preston Carpenter, as well as Pro Football Hall of Famers in Mitchell and Jim Brown, as the only Browns rookies to rush for 100 or more yards in multiple games in a season.
“The offensive line did a real good job and they’re getting better every week,” Richardson said. “We’re communicating better and we’re just jelling, learning how to play together. They left me a lot of big holes out there and I’ve got to say myself, I left some yards out there. I knew a couple of plays, I could’ve gotten more yards and I apologize to my offensive line for not getting us into the end zone on the times they did leave me a big hole.”
Following the game, Richardson and Baltimore running back Ray Rice talked on the field. The veteran Rice extended some words of wisdom to Richardson.
“Ray just told me, ‘Keep doing what you’re doing. You can only get better. You’re doing all you can. Don’t get down on yourself. You keep going and you’re going to be in the Pro Bowl,’” Richardson recalled.