When the Cleveland Browns traded for Dion Lewis from the Eagles, head coach Rob Chudzinski said, “Dion is a back who runs with very good quickness and vision,” “He is a promising young player who will add depth, which is extremely important at that position.”
With that being said, you have to wonder where that leaves Montario Hardesty. The Browns could be willing to trade Hardesty, or they will keep 4 backs on the roster this season. They signed back-up Chris Ogbonnaya to a new deal and they have their former number one pick T-Rich.
Cleveland already made statements about running the shoes off of Richardson in the up-coming season and with Lewis coming to the Browns, it sounds like Chud already thinks he is going to be the number 2 guy.
If the Cleveland Browns do plan to run the ball more often, they could be worried about the durability of T-Rich and they could have brought in Lewis to make sure they have enough running backs to make it through the 2013 season.
Lewis broke a lot of the records Tony Dorsett set at the at the University of Pittsburgh. He is a small back at 5’8″ and 195 lbs. He has the explosive-ness that gets him through the line quickly and he could be a weapon for the Browns like Ray Rice is in N.Y..
Last season it seemed like the teams the Browns faced new when Cleveland was going to run the football. Maybe this year they can mask the run play a little better to set up some good plays. If Lewis takes over the number 2 spot, we have to wonder if the team will keep Hardesty.
Montario’s career hasn’t been what it could have been in Cleveland with the time missed with injuries. Last season Hardesty came into camp healthy and managed to make it through the season healthy. When the Browns used Hardesty, he had a good showing.
It is going to be an interesting camp for the Browns this season. With the new guys, the new coaches and the new offensive system it will be interesting to see if Hardesty fits in to the plans.
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