Trent Richardson reported early to Cleveland Browns camp and is practicing in full. Now that the Browns have seen that, hopefully they will put him in bubble wrap until Sept. 8.
The only thing that matters until the Week 1 opener for Richardson is staying healthy. We never really saw that last year. Richardson had arthroscopic knee surgery in August and only at times looked like the back that was worth the third overall pick to the Browns last year.
He dealt with broken ribs for nine games, which was the main injury that slowed him down, but not the only one. Then he suffered a muscle strain in his shin this offseason, putting his training camp in some doubt.
But the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported Richardson is ready to go.
Richardson reported early with the rookies and injured players and is practicing in full, Browns coach Rob Chudzinksi said according to the Plain Dealer.
Richardson is an intriguing player because he showed his immense talent in glimpses last year, like when he took a screen pass against the Bengals and ran around or through four defenders for a touchdown. He also averaged a really poor 3.6 yards per carry, which can probably be attributed to playing through injuries.
Hopefully we can see what a healthy Richardson can do this season. The Browns' main job is to keep him healthy until then.