The Browns' two 1st Round picks arrived in Berea, and both just concluded a joint press conference, as the Cleveland media gets to know the two new faces of the franchise. Both Brandon Weeden and Trent Richardson said they were happy to be done with the process, and ready to take the field for the Browns.
Weeden was asked if he had run into or talked to Colt McCoy. The Oklahoma State product said he had not spoken with McCoy, and that any rumors about the starting job, or potential trades, are left to the front office and he would stay out of it. He did say he was there to compete, and was ready to help win football games. After the press conference, Weeden joined NFL Network for an interview and addressed the Colt McCoy question again:
We're in this situation - Colt's a great player. Obviously, that's out of my control. What I can control, is coming in, learning the system, competing, and just doing whatever I need to do to help this team win games. That's all I can control, and that starts in two weeks when we get going.
Richardson was very impressive, coming across as an intensely hard worker who's ready to do anything to succeed. He said his college coach, Nick Saban, a former Browns assistant, told him he would now be playing in an atmosphere that mosts resembles the mania of college football. The weather change is nothing to worry about, according to Richardson, who simply stated "Football is football, whether it's hot or cold. Someone has to score touchdowns and someone has to kick field goals."
The Alabama running back talked about all he's had to go through, being raised in a single-parent home and raising kids himself at a young age in a rough neighborhood. He takes nothing for granted, and that definitely seems to fuel his determination to succeed. He did talk about have to play through a significant injury in high school, when he tore two tendons and had screws placed in both ankles. Doctors told him he may never run again, but he said he rebounded even stronger - gaining speed and never having another issue with it again.
It also sounds like Richardson will wear number 33, acknowledging that running backs in the NFL cannot wear 3, as he did in college.