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Peyton Hillis is an Unrestricted Free Agent and most likely won’t be back. Even if he is, there is serious doubt he is a PQP.
He had one great year and for that season was clearly a playoff quality running back.
Can he do it for two or three more seasons? I doubt it. He is closer to being a starting quality guy.
Montario Hardesty was a second round pick in 2010 and promptly got hurt. That should not have been a surprise because he had injuries two years at Tennessee.
This year was different—but not in a good way. Hardesty got hurt in pre-game warmup. He has no field vision. And with injuries to both knees, I doubt he still has his jump step either.
He is fragile as fine china. I have seen no indication he is or will ever become a starting quality guy.
It will be a plus if he is able to contribute anything to the team in 2012.
Brandon Jackson came over in 2011 from the Packers after being cut but was hurt before he unpacked his bags.
He was the starter in 2007 but lost his job and never got it back. He has some speed but has not yet proven he can be a starter again.
Because of the Browns' lack of depth, he could be the starter in 2012 without having proven a thing. He is at least a proven backup.
Chris Ogbonnaya was plucked off the Texan’s practice squad and played hard. He was in Texas with Colt but does not have the athleticism to be even a quality backup.
Armond Smith was an undrafted rookie. He has speed but is very small and has no regular season resume.
FB Owen Marecic, a fourth round pick in 2011, never got going.
He was not quick enough to pick up the blitz and did not have the play recognition to know where it was coming from. He was also not an effective replacement for Lawrence Vickers blocking the run. He gets stuffed on the backer blocks which lie at the heart of the West Coast Offense's inside running game.
Total: No PQPs and one additional starting quality player