Browns see Trent Richardson as a three-down back

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Browns GM Mike Holmgren believes Trent Richardson will be a better all-around running back than Shaun Alexander, who played under Holmgren with the Seattle Seahawks. "I love Shaun, if I could adopt Shaun I would, but he wouldn’t block anybody, nobody and I still love him," Holmgren said "The difference is Trent is an excellent pass receiver, not just a willing blocker but a very, very good blocker so when Pat’s calling the game and we’re running our offense you don’t have to be thinking, ‘Okay now how do we protect him in the passing game?’ You don’t have to do that so that’s different."

Fantasy Impact:

It appears that Richardson will be the workhorse in the Browns backfield and that's going to lead to a lot of touches. Since bell cow RBs are hard to come by, his ADP will likely settle in the 3rd round, though he will go as early as the 2nd and as late as the 4th. Some fantasy owners may avoid him since he plays for the Browns, but Peyton Hillis finished in the top 5 in 2010 playing for the same team in the same division, and Richardson is probably better.

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Filed Under: 2012, Preseason