A Predictable Ending To The Trent Richardson Experiment
The Ravens Waived Trent Richardson. It may have ended earlier than we expected, but this was coming sooner or later.
Trent Richardson’s shot with the Baltimore Ravens was short lived. Richardson was a high draft pick in 2012 NFL Draft for the Cleveland Browns. When he was in college nothing could stop Richardson. In the NFL, nothing can get Richardson going.
The Ravens were the fourth team to take a chance on Richardson. The Ravens weren’t very invested in Richardson and he had an uphill battle just to make the roster. Richardson had to over impress the Ravens coaching staff, he had to move mountains. Injury never let Richardson get a fair shake with the Ravens. The mountains will stay in place.
The Ravens waived him because of injury, but this was going to be the final outcome to the Richardson experiment any way. It was beyond doubtful that John Harbaugh would find the answer other coaches couldn’t. Richardson is a great athlete but he isn’t a great running back. That’s not breaking news.
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Richardson is essentially the running back equivalent to Tim Tebow. He has a lot of the traits that coaches love. Richardson has the speed, size and strength to make it in the NFL. The problem is what Richardson can’t do. He has poor vision, he is an impatient runner who doesn’t let the play develop. Like Tebow, Richardson, can’t produce on the field despite clearly being athletic.
Richardson wasn’t making the Ravens roster. When the Ravens drafted Kenneth Dixon, it was the final nail in that coffin. The Ravens have Justin Forsett, Buck Allen, Lorenzo Taliaferro and Terrance West. Can you make the case that Richardson is better than any of those backs? I certainly cannot.
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This was a predictable ending to the Ravens experiment with Richardson. He was an inexpensive player to fill a training camp roster spot. The Ravens knew there was no risk in bringing him in. If the light came on Harbaugh would look like a genius. But that light was never coming on. Injury just sped up the inevitable release of Richardson.