Tag:Montario Hardesty
Posted on: August 23, 2010 11:05 pm

Montario Hardesty shows a truth about RB's

Posted by Andy Benoit

Browns rookie running back Montario Hardesty, a thundering second-round pick out of Tennessee, has missed all of training camp – and will likely end up missing the team’s first three preseason contests – thanks to a sprained right knee. Yet, Hardesty will still contribute in the Sept. 12 opener.

"Yes, I would him expect him to [be ready for the season]," Eric Mangini said, according to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. "There's been no setback. Based on the plan that we had and the progress that he has made, my anticipation is that he'll be practicing again in the near future and ideally playing in the opener."

The knee-jerk reaction to this is that the callow Hardesty won’t be ready. A rookie missing training camp and the preseason, only to play (and perhaps start) in Week 1?

But this brings up an interesting point that Chiefs running back Thomas Jones made in Sports Illustrated’s cover article about running backs last week. “Here’s the thing about running back,” Jones said. “It’s an instinctive position. A young guy can come in and play right away. (It’s more instinctive) than a lot of other position.”

Most rookie running backs struggle in pass protection because that’s the one area of the game that requires them to think rather than just react. But the Browns already have Jerome Harrison and Peyton Hillis to handle third down duties. The plan all along has been for Hardesty to evolve into the first- and second-down back. It looks like, as long as Hardesty is healthy come September, that plan will remain on track.

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Posted on: August 1, 2010 11:02 am

Without Hardesty, Harrison is Browns top RB

Browns second-round pick Montario Hardesty was expected to compete with Jerome Harrison for the right to start at RB, but after twisting his knee last week, Hardesty likely will miss the next few weeks of practice.

"We're taking it real slow, conservative,” coach Eric Mangini said Saturday in quotes captured by the Associated Press . "We'll see where it is at that point (after rehabbing it)."

Hardesty had performed well during the offseason, and though Harrison had an awesome end of last year – rushing for 561 yards and five TDs in the final three games of the season to help save Mangini’s job – the Browns drafted Hardesty in the second round of the Draft.

Though Hardesty was injury-prone while he played at Tennessee, the Browns – who traded up to the second round in order to snag him – liked his bruising style. Not only that, Cleveland eventually plans to make him the featured back in the offense.

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: July 26, 2010 9:48 am

Browns sign second-rounder Montario Hardesty

Montario Hardesty, the Cleveland Browns' second-rounder, has come to terms with the team on a deal according to Mary Kay Cabot of the Plain-Dealer .

Joe Haden and T.J. Ward (the Browns first- and other second-rounder, respectively) remain unsigned, but the news that Hardesty's headed towards camp is good for Cleveland: regardless of the rushing totals for Jerome Harrison at the end of 2009, there's a reason why Cleveland moved several picks to slide up and grab Hardesty when they did. (Outside of "he's really talented" -- Harrison's run was a bit of a scheduling mirage.)

Specifically, the Browns believe that they can be a much more offensively potent team with some Hardesty and Harrison splitting carries. Oh yes: they have Jake Delhomme starting at quarterback (most likely), so the more firepower they can generate at the running back position, the better.

-- Will Brinson

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