Browns getting little from reserve RBs

Posted Nov. 19, 2010 @ 12:02 p.m.
Posted By Mike Wilkening

The Browns have yet to have an effective backup running back emerge behind starter Peyton Hillis. They dealt Jerome Harrison to Philadelphia for Mike Bell in October with the belief the physical Bell was a better fit for the running game with the 240-pound Hillis emerging as the lead back, but that move has yet to pay dividends. In his first four games with Cleveland, Bell rushed 13 times for seven yards. Third-string RB Thomas Clayton played ahead of Bell in Week 10 but received only one carry, which went for zero yards. Overall, Browns running backs other than Hillis have found the going very tough in 2010, rushing for all of 116 yards on 53 carries (2.2 avg). This has made the Browns' reliance on Hillis that much stronger. The good news for Cleveland: Hillis gets a reasonable 20.7 touches per game and has appeared in every game, playing through a thigh injury earlier in the season.