Jerome Harrison Is Eric Mangini's New Leon Washington

Cory HolibaughCorrespondent IMay 13, 2009

CINCINNATI - SEPTEMBER 28:  Jerome Harrison #35 of the Cleveland Browns carries the ball during the game against the Cincinnati Bengals on September 28, 2008 at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Although their running games had their differences in previous 2008 season, the Cleveland Browns and New York Jets had very similar players.

Their starters were the Brown's Jamal Lewis and the Jet's Thomas Jones. Lewis is a big, powerful, bruising back. Though Jones has his power, he is more of a speedy elusive back.

These two are obviously dissimilar, so that leaves the backups. The Browns' Jerome Harrison and the Jets' Leon Washington.

Jerome Harrison: 5'9", 205 pounds, 26 years old, three years of NFL experience

2008 stats: 34 rushing attempts for 246 yards (7.2 average ypc), one Touchdown, 12 receptions for 116 yards (9.7 average ypr), one TD

Leon Washington: 5'8", 202 lbs, 26 years old, three years of NFL experience

2008 stats:76 rushing attempts for 448 yards (5.9 ypc), six TDs, 47 receptions for 355 yards (7.6 ypr), two TDs

Washington's stats are impressive, and he has compiled a higher amount of yardage, but he also saw a significant amount of playing time. The Jets' running game was more so balanced between their backs, than anything.

Harrison's stats are impressive as well, but he didn't see the ball nearly as much as Washington. Jamal Lewis was the workhorse for the Browns last season, and former Brown Jason Wright also got his touches.

Wright had 23 carries for 85 yards (3.7 ypc), and 22 receptions for 156 yards (7.1 ypr). Wright had to Touchdowns. Add his and Harrison's stats together and you get this: 57 carries for 331 yards (5.81 ypc) and 34 receptions for 272 yards (8 ypc).

These stats are much more similar to Washington's, and without Wright, Harrison could have such stats in 2009. Mangini obviously likes using two to multiple 'backs, and could lead to Harrison having a breakout season.

A darkhorse that could prevent Harrison from having a breakout season, but could help the running game, is James Davis. He was a sixth-round pick, but has great potential.

Either way, look for Harrison to be utilized to his full advantage next season under Eric Mangini. GO BROWNIES!


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