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The great radio voice Mitch Holthus once likened Peyton Hillis to a big, pimply eighth grader with a beard that developed before all the other kids as he bashed his way through Kansas City's defense.
As humorous as that description of the Conway Cannonball's power was, it's spot on. The Arkansas native is a juggernaut more fit for an era when the single-wing was the dominant formation and the spread was decades away.
During a disappointing 2011 that saw his rushing yards drop from over 1,100 to just over 500, it was reported that Hillis thought retirement and joining the CIA was a better option than to continue playing for the Browns (although that's probably a given).
Now paired with Jamaal Charles and reunited with offensive coordinator Brian Daboll, Hillis is going to bounce back with a vengeance.
Daboll, Cleveland's offensive play caller in 2010, knows better than anyone how to get the most out of the backfield beast. As I said in an earlier article, the mere presence of Jamaal Charles commanding a share of the defensive attention opens the running game up for both of them.
To the tune of 1,000 yards each.
This brute is going to have to build himself a vacation home in the end zone, he's going to be spending a lot of time there come fall.