Browns Ranked 30th in Running Attacks Says Scouts Inc.

A recent ranking of running games by Scouts Inc. is not tooLewis kind to what the Browns look like they will run out in 2007.  The team for sure has their issues at the position, and the ranking at 30th tells as much about the team. Below is their thoughts on the Browns running attack heading into 2007:

30. Cleveland Browns

The Browns’ rushing offense ranked 31st in the NFL in 2006. To correct that, the team added former Baltimore RB Jamal Lewis in the offseason. Lewis will be an upgrade over Reuben Droughns (traded to Giants), but how big an upgrade remains to be seen. Lewis rushed for 1,132 yards last season in Baltimore, but he averaged only 3.6 yard per carry, well below his career average. Lewis has averaged just 1,015 yards per season over the last three years. But he will be only 28 when the season starts, so the Browns are banking on his returning to form. The depth behind Lewis is extremely untested and Jason Wright or Jerome Harrison must step up to provide a third-down threat behind Lewis, who is not known for his receiving skills. The Browns are low in the rankings, but if Lewis can return to form, they have a chance to be a good run-oriented offense this season.

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