Jamal Lewis could have company in Browns backfield

Browns fans hoping for fewer carries by Jamal Lewis this season may get their wish.

Rookie fifth sixth-round pick James Davis has received a “lot of work” with Cleveland’s first-team offense at practice, as the Browns possibly prepare to employ a committee approach at running back.

Many expected fourth-year back Jerome Harrison to step into a bigger role, but he’s spent the last two weeks of practice riding a bike.  In the meantime, Davis’ hard-charging style has impressed. 

The Clemson product showed some nifty footwork and surprising deep speed in a 81-yard touchdown scamper against the Lions in last week’s preseason game.

Davis was a highly regarded prospect as a junior who saw his draft stock slip when he lost playing time in his senior season; he’s used to splitting carries. If the team gets Harrison more in the mix on passing downs, the group has some potential to surprise.

Anything that prevents Lewis from carrying the ball 279 times for a 3.6 yards per attempt average is probably worth a shot.

8 responses to “Jamal Lewis could have company in Browns backfield

  1. James Davis was the Browns 6th Round pick, not their 5th Round pick. He was selected 195th overall.

  2. I lived in Greenville SC for several years and followed Clemson football. This Davis kid is very good and was a steal for the Browns. Had a bad senior year splitting carries but he is a strong, fast, powerful back. Cleveland fans will like this kid.

  3. Is there ANY research or fact-checking on this site, or do you all just *guess* at what you think is right?
    Anyways, watch Davis’ pass blocking technique… it is horrible. He’s got some sick running skills, but if he can’t block, Mangenius won’t give him run when the real bullets are flying….

  4. “Rookie fifth-round pick James Davis has received a “lot of work” with Cleveland’s first-team offense at practice, as the Browns possibly prepare to employ a committee approach at running back.”
    Guess they aren’t gonna attempt to fix the fact that Davis was a 6th round pick and not 5th?

  5. Hey Florio!
    Tell all the mamalukes to go eat it. Who cares where he was drafted? Like you have time to fact check a RUMOR page!
    Just give me the latest info and forget all these geeks. They probably all play fantasy football…right after their Dungeons and Dragons tournaments!
    Go Browns!

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