2. Cleveland Browns RB/WR: Demetric Felton
One story posted on the media’s stockpile of postgame stories raised an interesting question about Demetric Felton: Maybe it’s time to stop calling him a running back, the Cleveland.com article asked.
It’s hard to argue with their train of though, considering four backs carried the ball in Cleveland’s preseason opener and Felton didn’t get one rushing attempt.
Instead, Felton made his presence known as a receiver, tying for the team lead (with D’Ernest Johnson) for four catches (on six targets) for 44 yards. He had a long of 25.
Felton is quick, shifty and hard to bring down. You can see why Cleveland’s intrigued and took him in the with round.
The revelation as Felton the wideout might take D’Ernest Johnson off the bubble. While John Kelly got a bulk of the first-half carries, Johnson laid a good block that saved a sack–a necessary job for a running back who’s going to be on the field for third down.
After watching this game, I believe Felton is firmly in the team’s plans, putting one of the receivers’ jobs in peril. Perhaps something gives between Kha’Darel Hodge and Rashard Higgins.
If you’ll recall, Hodge played more last season because he was the better blocker. Then Higgins overtook him because his ability to get open and catch the ball. With DPJ emerging as a player who can do bot of those things, Higgins or Hodge may become expendable.
Something to consider as preseason marches on.