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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