Cleveland Browns quarterback
Upon returning to Berea and continuing with the preparations for Sunday’s game against the Dallas Cowboys at Cowboys Stadium, both Weeden and Richardson expressed that the bye week was a good opportunity to recharge their batteries and rest their bodies.
“That break did me justice; I’m back,” Richardson said. “My mindset is at a point where I need to explode on the scene right now. From my ribs, I had no problem doing most of the stuff I was doing two weeks ago. I am still working on it and I’ll get to 100 percent sometime soon.”
Richardson felt the bye week helped everyone on the team, not just him.
Prior to the bye week, the Browns had 21 players listed on the injury report for their Nov. 4 game against the Baltimore Ravens at Cleveland Browns Stadium. When the team released its Wednesday injury report, the first ahead of the game against the Cowboys, only 13 players were listed and nine were still full participants in practice.
“When you talk about being reenergized, you can talk about it from a health point being injured, especially for me,” Richardson said. “We’ve been pretty beat up this season. For us, we’re just trying to turn this place around. Take it one day at a time, one game at a time and try to get to that point where we’re always winning.”
Weeden and his wife, Melanie, were able to spend time with their families during the mid-season break from football.
“Just to get away from it, see family, do some things, just get away from the game, the grind of 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., everybody needs that,” Weeden said. “You’ve got to get away every once-in-a-while. I think it was perfect timing for us. It was good for my arm. It was good for our bodies. I’ve got a fresh arm for the first time. My arm feels great and you can tell the time’s definitely helped.”
In addition to resting their bodies, Richardson and Weeden came back to Berea on a mission to better execute their assignments in order to help the team win more games and improve on its 2-7 record.
Weeden has completed 185 of 336 attempts for 2,088 yards and nine touchdowns with 12 interceptions. In his last game before the bye week, Weeden completed 20 of 37 passes for 175 yards with two interceptions. He had thrown just one interception over the three previous games, two of which were Browns victories.
“We’re in every game,” Weeden said. “We’ve had an opportunity to come from behind; we’ve played with the lead. We’ve done a little bit of both and the games are just so close. You can’t have one less drive or one less possession because most of these games come down to a possession or two. Early on, I forced some balls. I forced some balls I shouldn’t and I’m learning from it.”
Despite fighting through what has been listed as a chest/rib injury since the Oct. 14 win over the Cincinnati Bengals, Richardson finished the first half of the season with 575 yards and five touchdowns on 152 carries.
He ranks among the league’s rookie leaders in scoring (tied for second), receptions (second), yards from scrimmage (third), first downs (third), rushing yards (third) and receiving yards (eighth).
“For an individual goal, that’s disappointing for me as far as me wanting to be the type of player I wanted to be this year,” Richardson said. “I know I haven’t been the worst player, but I know I haven’t been the greatest. I’ve got to evaluate myself and be critical of the games that I have had.
“I’ve got to do much better, make people miss, run past people, break more tackles, get into the end zone, whatever it takes. I don’t blame it on anybody else. I’m my own man. I’ve got to take care of business and make sure I’m doing my job to put the team in better positions to score.”
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