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Browns Offseason: Pat Shurmur Says He Considers Trent Richardson The Starting Running Back

The Cleveland Browns are eager to name a starting quarterback before training camp actually begins, and most assume that Brandon Weeden will get the nod over Colt McCoy. There's a far-less publicized battle going on at another position though ... running back. That's right, the Browns have a battle between Trent Richardson and .. well, somebody.

Richardson has been taking starting reps and head coach Pat Shurmur has declined to simply name him the starter outright. Well, until Thursday, that is. Surprising exactly nobody, Shurmur told the media that he considers Richardson the Browns' starting running back, according to a Tweet from Nate Ulrich:

And not a single soul was shocked. Still, it's good to see that the Browns are happy with the progress of Richardson after trading up one spot in the 2012 NFL Draft to make him the No. 3 overall selection. It should be interesting to see Richardson and Weeden out there leading the offense as rookies.

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