Willis McGahee says ‘I ain’t Trent Richardson, but I’m here to play’

Sep 22, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Cleveland Browns running back Willis McGahee (26) warms up prior to the game against the Minnesota Vikings at Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

The Cleveland Browns pulled off a shocking trade early this season. They decided to dump the 2012 3rd overall pick, running back Trent Richardson, for draft picks and it looked like they were set to tank the season and focus on next year’s draft. Since the trade the Browns are undefeated with a third string quarterback at the helm and veteran Willis McGahee at running back.

“I think [that run] showed that I’m here to play,” McGahee said, via the Akron Beacon Journal. “I know I ain’t Trent Richardson, but I’m here to play.”

McGahee is quickly trying to get up to speed in the NFL after sitting out training camp and the first two weeks of the season. In the two weeks he has played for the Browns, he has carried the ball 23 times for 55 yards. That averages out to a horrendous 2.4 yards per carry.

McGhaee has been credited for bringing some leadership skills to the table and some “swagger” that had been missing.

“It can help. It can loosen guys up once they see how things go,” McGahee said. “When you start winning, everybody’s swagger is going to change a little bit. I’m just easing into it [a leadership role]. I’m not trying to be rah, rah, rah right off the bat. You got to earn that. … Couple touchdowns, couple 100-yard gains, then you know, my shirt will be off a little more when I’m doing interviews.”

Topics: Cleveland Browns, Willis McGahee

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  • Tony

    Glad to have you, Willis.

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