The Cleveland Browns don’t exactly have a wealth of options in their backfield after trading Trent Richardson tonight. Entering training camp, this was the projected Browns depth chart at RB:
1. Trent Richardson
2. Dion Lewis
3. Montario Hardesty
4. Brandon Jackson
Well, two month later, Jackson has been cut, and Lewis and Hardesty both have been placed on the season-ending Injured Reserve list after injuries they suffered during the preseason.
As of now, there’s just one RB listed on the Browns’ depth chart in Bobby Rainey.
The Browns picked up Rainey off waivers from the Ravens two weeks ago, and he was installed as Cleveland’s top kick returner. He averaged 25.8 yards on four kickoff returns against the Miami Dolphins in Week 1, but now will be expected to take on a much heavier offensive load.
While the team is preparing to sign Willis McGahee, Rainey is the only back familiar with Rob Chuzinskie’s offense, and should get at least 15-20 touches this week, especially with Brian Hoyer set to start in place of the injured Brandon Weeden.