Marcas Grant | Tags: Three and out, Bobby Rainey, Brandon Jackson, Cleveland Browns, Daniel Thomas, Dennis Johnson, Dion Lewis, Felix Jones, Isaac Redman, Lamar Miller, Le'Veon Bell, Miami Dolphins, Montario Hardesty, Pittsburgh Steelers, Trent Richardson
Browns make Richardson a workhorse: Forget any ideas you might have had of finding a handcuff for Trent Richardson since the Cleveland Browns are planning to make their standout rusher a three-down back. Part of that comes from Richardson’s ability to be a game-changer, but part of it might have to do with the Browns’ absolute lack of depth at the position. The team cut Brandon Jackson, then lost Montario Hardesty and Dion Lewis to injuries. That leaves a depth chart of Richardson, Dennis Johnson and Bobby Rainey. At this point, put any concerns about injuries to T-Rich aside. His preseason performance gives the impression he’s ready to carry this offense on his back. He’d better be.
Redman to start for Steelers: How much of a mess is the Pittsburgh Steelers backfield? Heading into the preseason it looked like Le’Veon Bell was the clear choice to start. That plan was derailed by a foot injury. After the team signed Felix Jones, he looked like a dark horse to earn the starting gig. Now, however, it appears that Isaac Redman is the winner of the Steelers’ RB horse race — at least if you ask Isaac Redman. All it really proves is that there’s no clear frontrunner for the position. Which probably means it’s a good idea to avoid all of them. Stash Bell if you have the roster depth, otherwise move along … there’s nothing to see here.
Miller tops depth chart: While the process wasn’t what we expected, the end result is — Lamar Miller is the man atop the Miami Dolphins running back depth chart. Miller wasn’t exactly lights out during the preseason, but he was certainly better than Daniel Thomas. Here’s to hoping he performs better during the regular season because all of the summer sleeper accolades the former Miami Hurricane had heaped upon him feel a little shaky after what we’ve seen so far.
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