Perhaps channeling his inner Mike Shanahan, Browns coach Pat Shurmur says he wants to get more touches for Peyton Hillis. This comes nearly two weeks after Shurmur talked about getting more carries for Montario Hardesty. In Hillis’ Week 3 absence, Hardesty had 14 carries for 67 yards. Then in Week 4, with Hillis back on the field, the pair split carries — 10 for Hillis, seven for Hardesty — lending credence to Shurmur’s previous statement.
If the Browns really are leaning toward Hillis getting more touches, it will either come at the expense of Hardesty or in the form of fewer passing attempts for Colt McCoy (who threw the ball 61 times on Sunday). Since the number of passing attempts is partially dictated by the score, it sounds as though Hardesty might be headed back to the four carries per game he was getting in the first two weeks of the season. For fantasy owners with Hillis on the roster, it’s good news for the near future. But if Shurmur changed his mind once, he’s liable to do it again. Stay tuned.
– Marcas Grant