Trent Richardson praised by Ravens in advance of Week 9 matchup

Larry French

A number of top Baltimore defenders talked about being impressed with the play of rookie tailback Trent Richardson so far in 2012.

Despite holding the rookie to just 47 yards in Week 4, a number of Baltimore Ravens players spoke out in praise Cleveland Browns' running back Trent Richardson on Thursday to Ryan Mink of BaltimoreRavens.com.

"I think he runs the ball harder than anybody in the league," defensive lineman Pernell McPhee said. "Not saying he’s the best back in the league, but I’ll say he’s the hardest back in the NFL to tackle."

Limited physically by a rib injury in the previous meeting, Richardson churned out 3.4 yards per carry on the ground with four receptions for 57 yards in the passing game against Baltimore back in September. After being gashed on the ground in each of the last three weeks however, the Ravens are fully aware of what a talent like Richardson is capable of heading into Week 9.

"He’s not going to try to shake you, he’s just going to try to run over you," Ravens defensive tackle Haloti Ngata said.

Richardson broke loose for a career-high 122 yards against San Diego last Sunday, and looks to be poised for another big performance with quarterback Brandon Weeden and his receivers finally started to gain consistency in the passing game. Certain Ravens players like Ed Reed may still be unhappy with Richardson for his seemingly disrespectful comments about Ray Lewis back in the spring, but it's clear that the rookie back is starting to turn heads around the league.

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