Posted on: March 19, 2011 9:08 pm
Posted by Andy Benoit
If the Cleveland Browns play football in 2011, they could be featuring a potent one-two punch in the backfield. Last year, it just a potent one-punch, as battering ram tailback Peyton Hillis, with his ultra pure downhill style, rushed for over 1,100 yards.
When training camp opened up, Hillis wasn’t supposed to be The Guy. Recall that the Browns invested a second round draft pick in Montario Hardesty. The 225-pounder tore up his knee in late summer (injuries were a concern with Hardesty coming out of Tennessee).
Browns president Mike Holmgren is already fantasizing about aligning Hardesty and Hillis in the same backfield together.
"I could get real excited about that," Holmgren said via ESPN. "That's a good combination for this reason: I think they both have excellent ball skills, catching the ball and running skills. So you don't have to have one guy as the runner, one guy as the catcher, one guy as the blocker, you don't have to do that."
Obviously, lining up in the same backfield means one guy sacrificing and being the fullback. (Hillis has some fullbacking experience from his days in Denver.)
"They both have to be willing to do all those things for each other," Holmgren said. "If those are the two in the game at the same time, they have to block for each other and they have to do everything. I think they are capable of doing that. I hope I get a chance to see that."
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Posted on: November 22, 2010 6:24 pm
Justin Tuck had three sacks and was phenomenal in containment outside and against the run.
Donald Brown had 68 yards on 17 carries, but 36 of those yards came on one good run. Brown was his usual ineffective self for most of the night.
Ryan Fitzpatrick: 21/34, 316 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions.
For the second week in a row, the Bills won and Lee Evans caught just two passes. (Not trying to suggest there’s a correlation between the two.) Steve Johnson has become Buffalo’s No. 1 wideout. He had eight catches for 137 yards and three scores against the Bengals.
Jahvid Best, who is battling a bad foot, had just two yards on three carries. Or maybe it was three yards on two carries. Anyway, he was a non-factor.
Dez Bryant averaged minus-two yards per catch on all of his non-touchdown receptions Sunday.
Before leaving with a re-aggravated groin injury, Clinton Portis looked fresh on five carries (32 yards).
It came predominantly in garbage time, but Derek Anderson was 25/46 for 295 yards and a touchdown. And Matt Cassel, who raised the bar for garbage time excellence last week, was a sturdy 15/24 for 193 yards and two touchdowns.
Sidney Rice’s debut: three catches, 56 yards.
Clay Matthews added another sack to his records (league-high 11.5 on the season). He also had two tackles for a loss and two hits on the quarterback.
LaDainian Tomlinson still looks fresh. He only managed 36 yards on 12 carries, but he turned in 71 yards on seven receptions.
Joel Dreessen could wind up keeping the starting tight end job even once Owen Daniels is healthy. Dreessen, who is a slightly better blocker than Daniels, caught four passes for 106 yards and a touchdown.
Pittsburgh held Oakland to 61 yards rushing, which is par for the course for the Steelers this season.
James Harrison had two sacks, two tackles for a loss and two hits on the quarterback (one of which drew a ridiculous roughing the passer flag)…and those numbers still don’t describe the depth of his impact Sunday.
Ray Lewis got his 30th career interception (and took it to the house).
Peyton Hillis was held to 48 yards on 21 carries, though he produced 95 yards on six receptions.
The Jaguars sacked Colt McCoy six times. Six sacks used to be a half-season for Jacksonville.
Mike Williams, barely 48 hours removed from a DUI arrest, caught all three passes thrown his way. Williams finished with 54 yards and a touchdown.
Patrick Willis stamped his ticket to Hawaii: two sacks, two tackles for a loss, two QB hits and a team-high 13 tackles.For more NFL news, rumors and analysis, follow @cbssportsnfl on Twitter and subscribe to our RSS Feed .
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