About the Author
Recent posts by Mike Wilkening
Here's a look at the Browns' top five team MVP candidates through 15 games.
1. RB Peyton Hillis — Held to 35 yards on 12 carries and one catch for five yards in the Browns' 20-10 loss to the Ravens on Sunday, Hillis had his effectiveness limited by a hit to his ribs and back sustained early in the first quarter. He's rushed for 1,164 yards and 11 TDs on 264 carries and has caught 60 passes for 474 yards and another two scores.
2. NT Ahtyba Rubin — Rubin notched five tackles (three solo) vs. Baltimore. Rubin, who's recorded 79 tackles in 15 starts this season, has been one of Cleveland's breakout players in 2010.
3. CB Joe Haden — Haden intercepted his sixth pass of the season Sunday and is now tied for the AFC lead in that category. He fared well in coverage vs. Ravens WR Anquan Boldin and figures to be the Browns' top candidate to cover No. 1 receivers in the years to come. He's been outstanding in the second half of the season.
4. TE Benjamin Watson — Talk about keeping good company: Watson, who leads the Browns in receptions (61) and receiving yards (696), is one of four tight ends in club history to exceed 600 yards receiving in a season, with Milt Morin, Ozzie Newsome and Kellen Winslow the others.
5. S T.J. Ward — Ward had a quiet game vs. the Ravens, notching just two tackles, but he still paces the Browns in defensive tackles (116) and special-teams stops (18), per NFL.com.
Honorable mention: WR-RS Joshua Cribbs, S Abram Elam, OLB Scott Fujita, P Reggie Hodges, C Alex Mack, QB Colt McCoy, OLB Matt Roth, OLT Joe Thomas.