BEREA-- Trent Richardson exploded up the middle early in the Browns first practice and the fans erupted with cheers.
Showing no signs of a lower leg strain that sidelined him during the OTAs and minicamp, Richardson kept true to his word that he would be ready for the start of training camp.
"It felt great to be back out there with my teammates," Richardson said. "To be back in the huddle and with the fans coming out, it was great."
Richardson said he completely trusts his health.
"You're going to see my game elevate," he said. "I'm not taking no backstep. I trust my shin and feel great."
Richardson wore no flak jacket for his ribs, a brace on his knee or sleeve on his shin. He played virtually all of last season with various injuries and missed all of the preseason after arthroscopic knee surgery.
"I think I didn't start running until the Thursday before the opener (against the Bengals) last year, with no cutting and played Sunday," he said. "I was going on adrenaline."
Richardson is looking forward to getting some work in the preseason.
"Playing in the preseason is important," he said. "I didn't get to do that last year."
Richardson is listed at 230 pounds, but he says he's closer to 225, lighter than last year.
"That's a good weight for me," he said. "I've played my whole career at that weight and had my most success there."
Richardson said he thinks the offense can get much better.
"I feel like we can get a lot better," he said. "It's just one day at a time. We need to take small steps before we take big steps."
Weeden was impressed with what he saw from Richardson.
"Trent looked great for sitting out some of OTAs and minicamp," Weeden said. "He didn't miss any assignments and was moving out there."
One of the radio stations broadcasting from Berea, said that Jim Brown addressed the team before practice and brought Richardson up before the team and praised him before the team.
"I still have a lot to prove to (Jim Brown) and Browns fans."
Weeden Pleased: QB Brandon Weeden felt the first day of training camp was positive for the offense.
"There was a lot of adrenaline out there," Weeden said. Overall for day one, it looked pretty good. I think the guys were playing fast."
Weeden made a couple of nice passes, one to WR Greg Little, who made a nice catch on a pass downfield over CB Joe Haden. He also connected with WR Travis Benjamin on a sideline route, when Benjamin went up and took the ball away from CB Chris Owens.
Changing of the Guard: On the first day of training camp, OL John Greco lined up with the starters at left guard, while OL Shawn Lava was at right guard. OL Jason Pinkston is expected to also be in the mix for one of the starting jobs.
Greco just signed a 5-year contract extension with the Browns as is excited to have that settled.
"It's a big relief to have that done before camp, so now I can concentrate just on football," he said. "My approach is to (be the starter)."
Taylor, Davis Out: DL Phil Taylor was held out of practice with a calf injury. He was wearing a rubber sleeve on his left shin. TE Kellen Davis missed practice with a knee injury. The only two other players not practicing on the first day were WR David Nelson (knee) and OL Chris Faulk (knee). Both are on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list.
WR Josh Gordon went to the ground after going up for a pass and lay on the ground for moments. Rob Chudzinski said he thought it was just a cramp and that Gordon was fine.
Numbers Roulette: Three of the wide receivers were wearing different numbers from minicamp. WR Greg Little, who wore 15 his first two seasons switched to 18. WR Davone Bess, who wore 18 in minicamp is now wearing 15, the number he wore with the Dolphins. WR Josh Gordon switched to number 12 after wearing 13 in his rookie season.