WELP, we finally know why Trent was placed on the NFI list last Friday. The news, frankly, is not good for the former 'Bama star either, as he was held out of camp for failing to meet weight goals.
Now, Jack Del Rio has generally praised Richardson's ambitious weight loss goals, ones aimed to get him back to his college weight. But, frankly, missing weight and playing too heavy has been a consistent refrain over his short career.
"Trent is here, he came back very close to the weight, which was a pretty ambitious goal to get to and he's down in the low 220s," said Del Rio. "That's what we asked of him, that's where he was as a player at 'Bama. I really believe with him committing himself like that and getting himself in that type of shape, he'll have a chance to come out here and show what he's really capable of."
What does this bode for Richardson? Flip a coin at this point.
"The reality is (Richardson) has some very real competition, thanks to some newfound depth on this roster," Rapoport added. "He needs to do exactly what they ask on the field and off the field just to make this roster. ... It's possible at this point that Trent Richardson is the odd man out."
Grim stuff, indeed. As Rappaport noted, Trent did get a $600,000 signing bonus, but as long as he is overweight and on NFI, he won't draw his salary and could very well lose a roster spot to Roy Helu or Michael Dyer.