Trent Richardson gives himself 'C+' grade for rookie season

Dustin Bradford

The Alabama product doesn't feel he excelled as a first-year back, and is eager to show his true colors in 2013.

The Cleveland Browns suffered through another miserable campaign in 2012, but at least can see the light at the end of the tunnel in certain spots.

One of those positions may very well be running back thanks to their first pick last season with the No. 3 overall pick, Trent Richardson.

On Tuesday, Richardson told Steve Wyche of NFL Network that he has plenty more to offer than we saw his rookie season, giving himself a C+ grade, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

"For most people, they say I had a great season, but I think it was OK," he said. "I probably say it was a C-plus, something like that. But for me, man, I expect more than that. I had 950 rushing, but I did have like 450 in receiving. It's different when it comes to receiving and you lead the team in receptions [he was actually second] and stuff like that. When you're doing a lot and playing with broken ribs and having knee surgery before the season, it's big."

Richardson didn't storm onto the scene as some expected, but he showed all the skills that should prove to make him elite. In 2012, Richardson rushed for 950 yards and 11 touchdowns while catching 51 passes.

With Norv Turner penciled in as the new offensive coordinator, Cleveland fans can expect to see more passes to Richardson in the flat and runs to the outside.

Richardson is ready for the new season to start already, and has high expectations, per the article:

"For the most part, I'm pretty sure that we're going to be a playoff team," he said. "I expect it. We are hoping, and we are knowing that we are going to be there next year."

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