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Bills run ‘D’ has Richardson’s respect

Posted by Chris Brown on September 24, 2012 – 10:16 am

After ripping off 109 rushing yards against the Bengals, Trent Richardson was held to just 33 by the Bills averaging just 2.2 yards per carry. It earned the Bills a tip of the cap from the rookie back.

“The Bills have a strong defensive line, hands down,” said Richardson. “The creases were there, it just takes a little time and the second half was much better than the first. We had a slow start and playing teams like that with a good defensive line and defensive staff, we can’t have misses like that.”

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Why Richardson never goes down easy

Posted by Chris Brown on September 23, 2012 – 9:46 am

He’s built low to the ground, has great balance and once he has a head of steam is almost impossible to bring down with one man. Cleveland rookie RB Trent Richardson runs like a wrecking ball, which is why gang tackling will be the play for the Bills today.

“You better not ‘A’ let him get in the open field because he’s hard to tackle, and ‘B’ when you hem him up you better get more than one hat to the ball because you’ve got to tackle this guy,” Bills head coach Chan Gailey told “He’s not going down on his own. He’s not going to be tripped up. You’ve got to go knock him down. That’s the big challenge for our defense this week. It’s to keep him corralled and keep him hemmed up.”

Bills GM Buddy Nix, who scouted Richardson took the urgency of sound fundamental tackling a bit further.

“He’s got all those things and he can make you miss and he can run over you,” said Nix. “That’s really a hard choice for a defender. We’ve got to tackle good, get more than one guy on him. We don’t need to try and strip the ball. We need to get him down and the sooner the better so he doesn’t get one-on-one with defensive backs and maybe hurt somebody.”

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Jets to trade up?

Posted by Chris Brown on April 25, 2012 – 4:04 pm

The Jets during the Mike Tannenbaum regime have made bold moves up the draft board (e.g. Mark Sanchez) before. Are they looking to do it again?

According to ESPN New York there’s widespread speculation the Jets are contemplating a move up the board to secure the best running back in the draft in Trent Richardson. Richardson is widely considered a top five pick and could go as high as fourth overall to Cleveland.

The Jets currently sit at 16 overall in round one and it would take an awful lot to move up 11 or 12 spots to get Richardson, who according to ESPN’s Sal Palaontonio is the top player on New York’s draft board.

New York does have 10 picks, but their trading power is limited with only three in the top 150 selections. They’d have to part with a high pick in future years, likely a first to get up to four or five to land Richardson. Sounds like a long shot.

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Dissecting Richardson visit

Posted by Chris Brown on April 4, 2012 – 11:44 am learned earlier today that Alabama RB Trent Richardson was one of four prospects visiting with the Bills Wednesday. Yes, it’s just part of the pre-draft process for NFL clubs, but it also serves as further proof about Buffalo’s draft philosophy.

Buddy Nix, from the time he took over as GM on New Year’s Eve 2009, has said they’re always going to take the best player available. Proof of that came in the Bills first draft choice with Nix calling the shots, with C.J. Spiller taken ninth overall two years ago, despite the presence of Marshawn Lynch and Fred Jackson on the roster.

Now, the significance of Richardson making a pre-draft could very well prove moot. Most draft prognosticators are convinced he won’t slip any further than five where Tampa Bay sits with new head coach Greg Schiano, who values the run game a great deal and had great success with a versatile back at Rutgers in Ray Rice.

But it doesn’t dismiss the fact that when the Bills say they take the best player available they mean it.

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No Richardson at Combine

Posted by Chris Brown on February 22, 2012 – 11:09 pm

Alabama RB Trent Richardson, the consensus top back in this year’s draft class, won’t be putting his talents on display at the NFL Combine this week.

That according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, who reported that Richardson’s reps sent a memo to all 32 NFL clubs informing them of Richardson’s minor knee procedure to address discomfort three weeks ago. Richardson, according to the NFL Network had a knee injury in practice leading up to the National Championship game and had surgery not long after the game.

The procedure is being terms minor as the memo reportedly states that he’ll be cleared to do on-field drills at the end of March. But that means Richardson will also miss the Alabama pro day on March 7th. Richardson is the consensus top back in this year’s class.

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