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Where does Trent Richardson’s debut rank in Browns history?

It is certainly not a stretch to say that rookie running back Trent Richardson struggled on Sunday in his NFL debut for the Cleveland Browns.

The numbers speak for themselves: 19 carries for 39 yards and a long gain of just nine yards. Richardson looked like a running back who hadn’t taken a real snap in a game since the BCS Championship game in January, and certainly nothing like the running back the Browns and their fans expected when the team drafted him third overall in the 2012 NFL Draft.

Richardson’s long day brought up a rough comparison to another Browns running back taken in the first round of the draft. According to Cold Hard Football Facts, Richardson’s 2.1 yards per carry was the lowest average for the first running back selected in the draft who was making his NFL debut since – William Green in 2002.

To find out how Richardson ranks with other Browns running backs, head over to The Cleveland Fan.

(Photo courtesy of The Associated Press)

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