The headline in Friday's Canton Repository caught me off guard: "Childress says no plans to demote Richardson."
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Richardson is averaging 24 carries per game during the past month, without a 100-yard game. He hasn't averaged more than 3.6 yards per carry in any of those games and was held to just 42 yards last week. For perspective, New York Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw has the same number of yards as Richardson this season in 51 fewer attempts.
It's hard to believe. The Browns have a good offensive line, and Hardesty is averaging more than a full yard more per carry (4.7 to 3.5) than Richardson. We suspect Richardson never fully recovered from knee surgery just before the season. He also has injured ribs.
"Are we going to give him a series every now and then, or every third series or something to that nature?" Childress said. "Yeah, we talk about that."
We've seen enough from Richardson to believe he'll be a very good pick in the long run. But this has been a frustrating rookie season for him, and these are questions no one expected to have asked.