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Posts Tagged ‘Jerome Harrison.’

Browns trade Harrison to Eagles for Bell

All last week there were reports out of Cleveland that running back Jerome Harrison was not in head coach Eric Mangini’s doghouse. But now Harrison is not even playing in Cleveland.

In a swap of disappointing running backs, Cleveland gets Mike Bell and Philadelphia gets Jerome Harrison.

Mike Bell (NFL)

Philadelphia needs a running back who can work on the outside and catch the football. Harrison makes a lot of sense as LeSean McCoy’s backup in that regard.

Harrison has shown in the past that he can produce and be explosive when given a chance.

In Mike Bell, Cleveland is getting another power running back to play behind Peyton Hillis. But Bell is also a running back that three teams have given up since 2007 (Denver, New Orleans & Philadelphia). The Browns think he’ll fit right into their plans.

compiled from staff, Cleveland Browns & NFL news

Browns fall to Falcons, 20-10; lose two QB’s in process

The Cleveland Browns lost another close game and two quarterbacks in the process.

The Browns are probably glad to see Atlanta Falcons pass rusher John Abraham leave Cleveland, Ohio.

DE John Abraham (NFL)

Abraham and the Falcons defense left one Browns running back leaving the game on Sunday with a bum leg and left their Pro Bowl offensive tackle, Joe Thomas wondering if he can ever block again.

Abraham just couldn’t be blocked away from quarterbacks Seneca Wallace and Jake Delhomme and running back Peyton Hillis.

All told, Abraham had a solid game with two sacks, three tackles for a loss and three quarterback hurries.

The Browns running game was stopped in its tracks. Hillis gained 28 yards on 10 carries and backup Jerome Harrison had 6 yards on 6 carries.

With Wallace and Delhomme hurting, head coach Eric Mangini is reluctant to start rookie quarterback Colt McCoy against the Pittsburgh Steelers defense this Sunday.

compiled from staff & NFL news

Browns beat Bears in preseason action, 13-10; lose rookie Hardesty

The Cleveland Browns management really like rookie RB Montario Hardesty.

Montario Hardesty Browns RB (U of Tennessee photo)

The Browns traded into the second round to draft Hardesty, who rushed for 1,345 yards in 2009 for the SEC’s Tennessee Volunteers. They like him as a starter or as a change-of-pace runner for 5’9, 205 pound Jerome Harrison, who has always had durability questions about him since he entered the NFL.

Colt McCoy Browns QB (U of Texas photo)

But Hardesty has durability issues of his own. His career with the Volunteers was slowed down because of injuries. On Thursday night, Hardesty hurt his left knee in the second quarter in Cleveland’s 13-10 win over the Chicago Bears in Cleveland Browns Stadium.

Hardesty’s injury could keep James Davis on the roster according to Cleveland area talk shows. He gained 66 yards on 15 carries and caught five passes for 53 yards before leaving with a leg injury in the fourth period.

Another Browns rookie who has had a shaky preseason camp is QB Colt McCoy. The Texas Longhorns alumnus received his first pro start and was a perfect 13-13 for 131 yards in two-and-a-half quarters. McCoy turned in his best preseason performance.

Reliable placekicker Phil Dawson kicked a 36-yard field goal, set up by Browns defensive back DeAngelo Smith who blocked a punt-as time expired for the Browns who ended the preseason at 2-2.

Quarterback Todd Collins, recently signed by Chicago to serve as a backup to Jay Cutler, completed 10 of 15 for 139 yards and a touchdown pass to tight end Greg Olsen for the Bears who ended the preseason at 0-4.

compiled from staff & Cleveland Browns news

Browns show offense at Green Bay; Dawson wins game with 2FG’s in final 1:27

Eventhough it’s just the exhibition season, the Cleveland Browns showed they’ve improved just against the Green Bay Packers alone.

In 2009, in two meetings the Browns lost to the Packers 17-0 in the preseason and 31-3 in the regular season.

At venerable Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin, Saturday night, Cleveland pulled out the win,27-24 as reliable kicker Phil Dawson made field goals of 58 and 46 yards in the final 1:27; the game-winner was good as time expired from the game clock.

Phil Dawson Browns Kicker (NFL)

Jake Delhomme Browns QB (NFL)

The Browns offense was very good and very productive scoring on their first two possessions and three of their first four. Plus, there were no penalties.

New quarterback Jake Delhomme took the first series and led the team 80 yards in 11 plays. Delhomme completed 6 of 7 passes,  throwing three completions to Mohammed Massaquoi and twice to Ohio State product Brian Robiske. Jerome Harrison scored the touchdown from 4 yards out on big block from fullback Lawrence Vickers.

Backup quarterback Seneca Wallace came on in relief of Delhomme and all he did was kept the offense moving and scoring.

The mobile Wallace kept the Packers off-balance enough to throw touchdown passes of 13 yards to Brian Robiske and after a nice pump fake, a 20 yarder to Ben Watson.

In three possessions, Wallace was 4 of 8 passing for 72 yards and two touchdowns.

The Packers could not run the ball at all gaining 14 yards on seven attempts in the first half.

The Browns did have trouble with Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers who completed 12 of 13 passes for 159 yards and one touchdown.

Browns trade Brady Quinn to Denver for FB Peyton Hillis and 2 draft picks

Brady Quinn a fresh start in Denver (AP)

Brady Quinn will finally get the fresh start he deserves and probably wanted without saying it out loud.

On Sunday, the Browns traded their on-again, Off-again starting quarterback to the Denver Broncos, in exchange for fullback Peyton Hillis, a 2011 sixth-round draft pick and a conditional pick in 2012.

The question is, will head coach Josh McDaniels let Quinn compete for the starting  job, now being occupied by Kyle Orton.

Quinn leaves Cleveland with a 3-9 record in 12 starts after he was drafted with 22nd pick in the first round of the 2007 NFL draft out of Notre Dame.

The Dublin, Ohio native and the brother-in law of Green Bay Packers linebacker A.J. Hawk, was very popular with Browns fans who felt the team should’ve sunk or swam with Quinn because he was an Ohio native and a Browns fan growing up. The fans didn’t care for the team switching him and Derek Anderson at a key position.

In 2009, Quinn completed 53 percent of his passes last season for 1,339 yards with 8 touchdowns and 7 interceptions. His QB rating was 67.3.

The Browns have a fullback in Hillis who is full of potential. He is a 240-pound bone-crushing runner who will run over and through would-be tacklers. He and Jerome Harrison, who led the Browns in rushing with 862 yards, will make a nice backfield.