3. Dontrell Hilliard
Dontrell Hilliard was the third running back, but a recent undrafted free agent signing may make things interesting during camp.
If you haven’t looked into Benny LeMay, it won’t take you long to see why Hilliard’s job may be in jeopardy.
Hilliard was unspectacular last season and in LeMay, the Browns added a player who’s rushed for over 2,300 yards and scored 20 touchdowns in his final two college seasons.
Plus, if there is a preseason, the stage will be set for LeMay to impress. Imagine the the third and fourth quarter of those exhibition contests. The fourth string comes in and a running back like LeMay, who’s been compared to a bowling ball, could start plowing defenders over all while winning the hearts and minds of the Dawg Pound.
Additionally, Hilliard handled 15 punt returns a season ago, and that role seems to be going somewhere else with the Browns signing JoJo Natson and drafting Peoples-Jones.
Hilliard’s been a fine player, but he’s still the third running back on the team. That’s an expendable roster spot that a new general manager may want to address by putting his own guy there.