Cleveland Browns rookie running back
Richardson carried 18 times for 42 yards, but scored the team’s two offensive touchdowns with a pair of one-yard runs. The two rushing touchdowns gave Richardson nine on the season, and 10 total offensive scores in 13 games. He is tied with Brown for the most rushing touchdowns by a Browns rookie. Richardson also equaled Brown and Metcalf for the most combined scores for a Browns rookie.
“Something like that, that’s an honor,” Richardson said. “Jim Brown is an icon. He’s one of those guys you want to follow in his footsteps any which way you go in the football division. To be a rookie and do the same thing he did, I don’t have the yards that he had, but just to tie a record like that, it’s big.
“That says a lot and it says a lot about our offensive line. The line is playing excellent. We only had one or two runs for loss and that was about it. Other than that, the O-line is protecting the quarterback and doing whatever they can. Downfield, they are making sure no one is jumping on my ribs or hitting me late. They are protecting me at all times. They are fighting for us the whole time and those are the types of guys you need to build a dynasty and a successful team.”
Richardson has rushed for 869 yards and nine touchdowns on 247 carries this season. He also leads the team with 45 catches. He has gained 348 yards and scored one touchdown on those catches out of the backfield.
“When you have a running back that has a nose for the goal line, then, you want him to have his opportunities and I think he does,” Browns coach Pat Shurmur said. “Now, there was some big-boy blocking going on out there, too, because they were packed in there pretty tight and found a way to get in.”
The Browns won the coin toss before Sunday’s game and deferred their selection to the second half. Richardson made sure the team started quickly after the break.
On the seventh play of Cleveland’s first second-half possession, Richardson took a handoff and jumped over the pile of players at the line of scrimmage for the touchdown. Even after jumping for the score, Richardson absorbed a hit and landed on his feet.
Two possessions later, Richardson again scored from one yard out when he followed the block of right guard
Richardson said the Browns’ offense, which had been held scoreless in the first half, was sparked by a message from coordinator Brad Childress at halftime.“Coach Childress came in and said, ‘As an offense, we haven’t done anything yet; we’re too good to not be doing that,’” Richardson recalled. “We’re a unit. We expect a lot from each other. From the offensive point-of-view, we weren’t doing anything in the first half. We came out in the second half and had a big spark. That’s what you need.”