Does Jamal Lewis Have Enough Left To Help The Browns?

gary wertmanCorrespondent ISeptember 5, 2009

PITTSBURGH - DECEMBER 28:  Jamal Lewis #31 of the Cleveland Browns tries to get around the tackle of Orpheus Roye #96 of the Pittsburgh Steelers during a fourth quarter run at Heinz Field December 28, 2008 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Pittsburgh won the game 31-0. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Jamal Lewis is headed for the Hall Of Fame some day. No one can argue Lewis has had a great career, but can he still be a productive back in the NFL? Eric Mangini thinks so. I hope he's right.

Last year I saw a huge drop off in Lewis' play. He no longer hits the holes quickly, but tends to stutter step. While I believe he still has good straight ahead speed, he lacks the quick acceleration needed when the hole opens. There's no doubt Jamal can still move the pile for a yard or two but on 1st down that just doesn't get the job done. Hopefully it will be running game by committee this year instead of Lewis getting 20+ carries a game.

Eric Mangini elected to keep Lewis and cut Chris Jennings who looked like a very nice young running back. Jennings showed excellent quickness and power. Maybe Jennings can be signed to the practice squad. I sure hope so.

With three running backs (Lewis, James Davis and Jerome Harrison) and only one fullback (Lawrence Vickers) on the roster, we may need to sign someone. Hopefully Jennings doesn't sign with another team.