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Trent Richardson has his first huge day in the NFL

Frank Schwab
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Conventional NFL wisdom says do not draft a running back too high in the draft, but that doesn't mean Trent Richardson won't be a lot of fun to watch.

Cleveland's rookie had his breakout game against Cincinnati. He scored his first career touchdown on a 32-yard run in the second quarter and had his first 100-yard rushing game -- and neither of those accomplishments was his most impressive highlight of the day.

In the third quarter, Richardson took a screen pass to the left and made four Bengals defenders miss on his way to the end zone. He juked the first two Bengals defenders in his way, powered past safety Jeromy Miles and then simply ran through cornerback Nate Clements, with Clements desperately hanging on, trying to pry the ball free. That play showed off the entire package of skills that made Richardson a standout at Alabama.

The Browns lost 34-27, but it wouldn't have been that close without Richardson. He finished with 109 yards rushing and 36 yards receiving.

Richardson, the third pick of April's draft who missed the preseason with a knee injury, had a pedestrian 39 yards on 19 carries last week against Philadelphia, but he looked like a superstar in Week 2.

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