The Akron Beacon Journal notes that Browns RB Trent Richardson is a lock to “carry a significant workload” in his rookie season and beat writer Nate Ulrich writes that Brandon Jackson is likely to be Richardson’s backup.
Jackson is the epitome of reliable when healthy, so don’t be surprised if he emerges as the team’s main backup. Before the Browns signed Jackson to a two-year, $4.5 million deal last summer, he didn’t lose a fumble or commit a penalty in four seasons with the Green Bay Packers. On the other hand, Hardesty struggled to catch the ball last year. The Browns hope Hardesty can stay healthy and live up to the expectations placed upon him as a second-round draft pick, but his medical history is an obvious concern. The Browns kept only three running backs when they cut their roster to 53 players last year. Ogbonnaya will probably be the odd man out, unless someone else gets hurt.