Rice plans to seek out rookie running back
"I'm a huge fan of his," Rice, a two-time Pro Bowler, said Wednesday. "I might have to go ahead and tell Trent, 'Let me borrow one of them jerseys.' I might not even have to exchange with him. I might just ask for his."
Rice will be one of the many
Richardson, who at 5-foot-9 and 230 pounds has an inch and nearly 20 pounds on Rice, is third among rookie running backs with 470 rushing yards. His six total touchdowns are tied with
Richardson rushed for 47 yards and a touchdown and caught four passes for 57 yards in Baltimore's 23-16 win in Week 4, earning the respect of Rice and his teammates. But he was soon slowed by a rib cartilage injury and was yanked after eight first-half carries in a Week 7 loss to the
Richardson made three defenders, including former Ravens linebacker
"He's very powerful. The biggest thing is that he's short," said Rice, who minutes later had to move the microphone at the podium up about a foot to accommodate outside linebacker
And that's why when watching Richardson run, it's impossible not to think of Rice or Jacksonville's
Richardson has topped 80 rushing yards and averaged more than four yards per carry in just three of his eight games, and he is averaging just 3.7 yards per carry this season. But Rice thinks he is already "a great back."
"He is just doing what he did in college, obviously taking it to the next level," Rice said. "There's a reason why he was a first-round pick."