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Cleveland Browns RB Trent Richardson Ready To Lead, Carry His New Team

The Cleveland Browns are counting on big things from running back Trent Richardson, rookie or not. Richardson discussed his new team and his role with the Browns on Friday at the NFLPA Rookie Premiere event in Los Angeles.

While some have derided the Browns' organization recently, Richardson thought differently about the team and its fans.

"They're hungry," Richardson said. "They're waiting to win. It's probably the closest thing you can get to a college atmosphere."

As for his role in getting the Browns back on the winning side of the ledger, he's ready to do whatever it takes, even if it means taking on more than his share of the load.

"I'm ready to take it on," he said. "I'm ready to carry the team if I have to."

Browns rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden, the team's other 1st-round pick, offered some high praise for his new teammate.

"I thought he was one of the best backs in the country, one of the best players in the county," Weeden said if Richardson. "He's obviously a freak. When you hand the ball to him, there's something different to him."

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