Browns running back Trent Richardson met with reporters today during rookie minicamp. Here is a transcript from the news conference:
(On his first day)- "It was really just learning different calls that we have. When it comes down to it, it is similar to Alabama's program as far as running styles and running plays. There were just different play calls. Right now, I just have to learn the different terminology. Today, everyone was up and running and everyone is hungry."
(On putting on the Browns jersey and hitting the field for the first time)- "It felt good and it's starting to hit me now that I've made it to the NFL. To put on another number and another jersey, because I've been wearing crimson for the last three years and that's what I'm used to, so now I've made it. Now I have to take advantage of the NFL experience."
(On being nervous and what was going through his mind when he and Brandon Weeden juggled the first couple handoffs)- "Nothing. You just have to get used to the double numbers and your jersey is kind of slippery. I didn't have double numbers or a slick jersey (at Alabama) and since it's new you have to get used to it. When I finally got used to the handoffs with Brandon and the other quarterback (Darron Thomas), it kind of went with the flow. I knew it was going to be a rough start but as it went on everything smoothed out."
(On if he had a moment to think about the reality that he is now in the NFL)- "No, I hadn't taken that moment yet. Football is football no matter where you go and that's how I look at the game. When it comes down to it, I am just ready for this (offseason) program. I am just ready to get everyone to buy into it, including myself. Hopefully we all get on the same page.”
(On trying to find where he fits in as a leader in the NFL and if it is different)- “Somewhat, but at the same time, everybody’s hungry so everybody wants the same thing. Just me, trying to run fast through plays or finish through all of the plays, just being a leader on the field. Even if it’s not speaking out loud at first, just showing them that hard work pays off, hopefully I can be a leader like that.”
(On if he can go 100 percent during this camp coming off of knee surgery)- “Yeah, most definitely I can go 100 percent. I haven’t slowed down yet. When people talk about the minor knee scope I had, I say, ‘What knee? What are you talking about?’ When it comes down to it, I am ready to go.”
(On if playing for Nick Saban has prepared him well for the NFL)- “Most definitely because he ran an NFL pro-style offense and we had some of the best coaches over there. We had Burton Burns as a running back coach and he coached us up a lot. Coach Saban, with his program, it really got us ready and got us prepared for this experience that I am having here today. Coach (Shurmur) coached for coach Saban so he knows and exactly some of his calls are the same as the calls coach Saban had when he was coaching him.”
(On if he is having fun with running backs coach Gary Brown)- “Yeah, most definitely. That guy is really down to earth and he makes sure that everyone is staying on the same page. He is making sure that everyone is vibing and keeping together as a family. GB, I call him GB, GB is doing his job, and he is coaching me up good and making sure that I stay on top of all of my work.”
(On if Coach Brown jokes with him for knocking him down)- “Yeah, most definitely and we try to put that behind us, but you know it’s going to come up every now and then. The whole coaching staff is still on him about that and I’m still laughing at him and he is still making jokes about it, so we do joke about it sometimes.”
(On his impression of Brandon Weeden throwing the ball today)- “Brandon, he has a strong arm. I was about three yards away from him and he threw it hard and I had to put my hands up real fast because he has a real strong arm. People talk about him playing baseball and I can see why he did play baseball. He has a real strong arm. Brandon is catching on to the program pretty good and he is running the offense and the huddle really well. He is speaking out loud and he can do the cadence, so he is doing a really good job.”
(On if it felt like the start of a new era for the Browns)- “I just felt like it was just football. I haven’t been around here so I don’t know how it feels to say it’s a new Browns this or that. Yeah, we are starting something new here, but for the other people, we have to get together as a team as a whole when our minicamp is over with and then we will get into the real camp. For me, I just feel like we were all out there having fun and playing football and trying to learn the plays.”
(On the comfort of having former Alabama teammate Brad Smelley in the same backfield during camp)- “Oh it is very comfortable. A guy like Smelley, he does not drop passes and he is always picking up the right blocks and he knows what he is doing. He is actually my roommate right now, so it is very comfortable. Coming from the same school and being with him for the last three years, we look out for each other and that is one thing that we have done at Alabama and it is one thing we are going to carry on over to here and combine our brotherhood with everybody else.”
(On how he handles the big expectations for him mentally)- “Mentally, I do not listen to what anybody else says, but me, I am going to hold my expectations high, real high, very high. The expectations that they have for me now, I don’t think it is high enough for me and I am going to go higher and I am going to go to the extreme. You never set your expectations at a limit and that is just me being a man and being a competitor and an athlete. I think you should always have your expectations high. Being the third pick in the first round, having all of the success at Alabama, for me from this point on I am not going to speak much about what I did at Alabama because that is old. I did that at Alabama and that was my college career. I am trying to make a name for myself in the NFL now.”
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