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Cleveland Browns Rookie Mini Camp

In recent days the news of Browns running back Jamal Lewis almost being cut from the team has sent shock waves through the fantasy football community. No doubt Lewis is getting up in age for a running back as he is now an old 30 years of age.

Not only is Lewis aged but in pro football years he is an old 30 years of age at that, because he started in the league at age 21. This will be the veteran runners 10th season in the league and it is hard to believe that it was ten seasons ago that the Ravens won their Super Bowl, as Lewis was a rookie that year.

Super Bowl Lewis

There is still a possibility that Lewis may in fact be cut before the season beings for the Browns on Sunday. If Lewis suits up for the game that day he will receive a guaranteed contract of 2.4 million for this season.

While it may still happen I would be very surprised at this point if the team does in fact release Lewis in the next week. If they were going to make this move it should have been over this weekend during cut downs to the 53 man roster.

Who Will Run the Football?

Rumors are flying that rookie running back James Davis will lead the team in carries this season as he has had a very solid camp.

Detroit Lions v Cleveland Browns

This preseason Davis has performed well as he has totaled 24 carries for 186 yards (7.8 yards per carry) and a touchdown. Not only has Davis excelled in the running game but he as also flashed his ball catching skills with 7 receptions for 44 yards.

The Browns also have another talented running back in Jerome Harrison but unfortunately for this runner he has been out most of camp with a knee problem. Harrison is now practicing with the team again but is still wearing a brace on the knee.

At this time Harrison does not figure to be much of a help early on in the season as he is still coming off the injury and getting his legs back.

Cleveland Browns v Detroit Lions

This leave the Browns with only two main runners to count on early in Davis and Lewis.

At this time I wouldn’t be surprised to see Davis actually get as many carries as Lewis or maybe even more touches all together. In spite of Davis’s new found fantasy value late in the preseason, I do expect Lewis to be entrenched as the teams goal line back.

The young rookie could be a touchdown maker at some point as he’s not that small standing in at 5’11 and 218 pound but Lewis is still a beast of a man at 5’11 and 245 pounds.

Fantasy Football Rankings for Jamal Lewis and James Davis

Right now Lewis’s stock has fallen almost off the table as he now will not get enough touches per game to be anything close to a feature back. Some fantasy analysts are saying that Lewis is not even worth a late draft pick but I still see him as a late round pick.

Other than that the main runner on this team fantasy football owners should be targeting is Davis as he has the speed to break the long one, the hands to catch well and the size to pound one in for a touchdown.

Nab this young running stud late in your draft and hold onto him. If he can start the season out strong than this young runner should at least make for a nice bye week fill in for your fantasy team.

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