Jerome Harrison waited four years for his chance to be a feature back. When he got it, he rushed for 561 yards in three games.
But now, he has to wonder what his role will be in relation to Montario Hardesty. The Browns didn’t trade into the second round and give up two draft picks for Hardesty to sit.
One guess: The team might try a 50-50 split with the carries and then adjust depending on who produces.
Eric Mangini says Hardesty “tends to punish defenders at the end of runs,” which is not the smaller Harrison’s calling card.
For now, Mangini is playing the diplomacy card. “I like big backs. I like little, fast backs, too.”