Farewell Jamal Lewis: Cleveland Browns Cut Diminishing Running Back

February 18, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

After a promising first year, an average second, and injury-riddled third, the Cleveland Browns have cut ties with former starter Jamal Lewis.
Lewis was a tremendous running back with the Baltimore Ravens, and in 2007 during his first season with the Browns. Don't let this article fool you into thinking this is a hateful piece directed at Lewis, but his skills are nowhere close to what they once were.
In 2009, Lewis was injured for one game early on and backup Jerome Harrison filled in admirably, rushing for more than 100 yards against a good Cincinnati Bengals defense.
What happened next?
The Browns pull Harrison and go back to the aging back in Lewis who was never able to hit the holes in the line hard enough.
He also had trouble making quick decisions on where to run the ball, often looking like tap dancer behind the line of scrimmage before falling forward for a one or two-yard gain.
His speed was a concern because this journalist remembers the Jamal...

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