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  Browns | Two players waived     Mon Sep 30, 05:23 PM

The Cleveland Browns have waived RB Montario Hardesty and WR Joshua Cooper.

Footballguys view: Hardesty's pro career can be summed up by "what might have been." He's a talented player but failed to play up to his potential because of injuries.

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  Browns | Plan to release Montario Hardesty    Sun Sep 29, 11:12 PM

The Cleveland Browns plan to release RB Montario Hardesty (knee) from the Injured Reserve list Monday, Sept. 30 after team doctors medically clear him. He had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee late in August.

Footballguys view: Zero surprise here. Hardesty's pro career will always be "what might have been." He's a talented runner but a long injury history dating back to college has prevented him from playing up to his potential.

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  Browns | Plan to release Montario Hardesty    Sun Sep 29, 10:42 AM

The Cleveland Browns plan to release RB Montario Hardesty (knee) Monday, Oct. 1, after he is cleared by team doctors.

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  Browns | Brandon Jackson now No. 2 RB    Tue Aug 27, 09:22 PM

Cleveland Browns RB Brandon Jackson is now the team's primary backup to RB Trent Richardson after the loss of both RBs Montario Hardesty (knee) and Dion Lewis (fibula) to the season-ending Injured Reserve list. 'Brandon is a reliable guy,' head coach Rob Chudzinski said Tuesday, Aug. 27. 'I have no issues with Brandon. Trent will be the guy we're counting on in a lot of different ways. We have to do a good job of keeping him fresh throughout the course of the season.'

Footballguys view: As the backup to Trent Richardson we may see Jackson get a few snaps here or there during the season. Richardson is incredibly talented but with a heavy workload will need a breather from time to time. We've also seen Richardson slowed down by nagging injuries as a rookie.

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  Browns | Montario Hardesty lands on IR    Tue Aug 27, 09:14 PM

The Cleveland Browns placed RB Montario Hardesty (knee) on the season-ending Injured Reserve list Tuesday, Aug. 27. His contract expires after the season, and he is not expected to be brought back.

Footballguys view: Hardesty has always had durability problems and that didn't change this season. He's been injury prone dating back to his days in college at Tennessee. We'll see if he can get healthy and impress with a fresh start in 2014.

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  Browns | Montario Hardesty expected to miss six weeks    Sat Aug 17, 11:14 AM

Cleveland Browns RB Montario Hardesty (knee) is expected to miss six weeks after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery earlier this week.

Footballguys view: Hardesty has a long injury history dating back to his days in college at Tennessee. This injury could cause the Browns to move in another direction at the backup RB position.

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  Browns | Dion Lewis carted off    Thu Aug 15, 09:54 PM

Cleveland Browns RB Dion Lewis (ankle) was carted off the field after suffering a left ankle injury during the team's preseason game Thursday, Aug. 15.

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  Browns | Montario Hardesty to miss two games    Thu Aug 15, 07:09 PM

Cleveland Browns RB Montario Hardesty (knee) will miss at least the first two weeks of the regular season after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery Thursday, Aug. 15. Hardesty has had surgery on both of the anterior cruciate ligaments in both of his knees already. He's missed most of training camp with a hamstring issue and a dislocated right thumb earlier this week.

Footballguys view: Hardesty has a long and storied injury history dating back to his days in college at Tennessee. The Browns could decide to cut Hardesty and move on with other options behind starter Trent Richardson. RBs Dion Lewis and Brandon Jackson are in the mix for the primary backup job.

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  Browns | Montario Hardesty to have knee scoped    Wed Aug 14, 12:46 PM

Cleveland Browns RB Montario Hardesty (knee, thumb) will have arthroscopic knee surgery Thursday, Aug. 15. He also recently suffered a dislocated right thumb.

Footballguys view: Hardesty is not long for the Browns roster. Dion Lewis is the handcuff to Trent Richardson now, and he even has poor man's Darren Sproles potential in PPR leagues.

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  Browns | Four sitting    Wed Aug 14, 11:06 AM

Cleveland Browns RB Montario Hardesty (thumb), OG Ryan Miller (concussion), OG Shawn Lauvao (ankle) and OT Chris Faulk (knee) are out of practice Wednesday, Aug. 14.

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  Browns | Montario Hardesty has dislocated thumb    Wed Aug 14, 12:15 AM

Updating a previous report, Cleveland Browns RB Montario Hardesty (thumb) has been ruled out for the preseason game Thursday, Aug. 15, against the Detroit Lions due to a dislocated right thumb. 'We padded him up, and he was OK,' head coach Rob Chudzinski said Tuesday, Aug. 13. 'He went out and did some individual drills in practice today, and we'll see about him for next week.'

Footballguys view: Hardesty needs to stay on the field to make the team with Dion Lewis impressing. At this rate, he will be looking for work come week 1. He's no longer the presumptive handcuff to Trent Richardson.

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  Browns | Montario Hardesty injured    Mon Aug 12, 06:45 PM

Cleveland Browns RB Montario Hardesty (thumb) suffered a right thumb injury during practice Monday, Aug. 12.

Footballguys view: The last thing Hardesty needs is another injury. Durability has been a big problem for him dating back to his time in college at Tennessee. He's been held back in training camp by a hamstring injury and is in danger of losing his spot on the final roster. Dion Lewis has been doing a good job as the Browns' RB2 behind starter Trent Richardson.

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  Browns | Two return    Sun Aug 11, 04:25 PM

Cleveland Browns RB Montario Hardesty (hamstring) and TE Brad Smelley (hamstring) returned to practice Sunday, Aug. 11.

Footballguys view: Hardesty needs to get back on the practice field and impress. Some think he's on the roster bubble as Dion Lewis could win the primary backup job behind Trent Richardson.

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  Browns | Eight sitting    Sat Aug 10, 04:03 PM

Cleveland Browns CBs Christopher Owens (foot), CB Leon McFadden (groin), RB Montario Hardesty (hamstring), TE Brad Smelley (hamstring), WR David Nelson (knee), FB Brock Bolen (calf), OT Chris Faulk (knee) and OT Oniel Cousins (ankle) are out of practice Saturday, Aug. 10.

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  Browns | Dion Lewis appears to be in lead for No. 2 RB job    Fri Aug 9, 03:56 PM

Cleveland Browns RB Dion Lewis is believed to have an edge over RB Montario Hardesty (hamstring) for the No. 2 running back job because Hardesty has missed time with a hamstring injury. Lewis rushed for 12 yards on five carries and caught a 16-yard pass during the team's first preseason game.

Footballguys view: The emergence of Lewis could bounce Hardesty off the final roster. Lewis is built low to the ground and runs with a lot of balance. He can bounce off would be tackles and keeps his feet after contact. He's a compact runner with good vision and instincts for running the ball. Lewis may end up being the primary backup behind Trent Richardson in 2013.

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  Browns | Dion Lewis could be candidate for No. 2 RB job    Thu Aug 8, 04:13 PM

Cleveland Browns RB Dion Lewis could compete with RB Montario Hardesty for the No. 2 running back job if he is able to hold onto the football and show he can pass protect despite his small size.

Footballguys view: Lewis has good balance, pad level, and lateral agility when running the ball. He is tough in between the tackles and can make defenders miss if he gets to the second level. We'll see if he can win the RB2 job behind Trent Richardson. If he does then Montario Hardesty could be on the roster bubble.

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  Browns | Four ruled out for preseason game    Wed Aug 7, 01:49 PM

Cleveland Browns RB Montario Hardesty (hamstring), OG Shawn Lauvao (ankle), CB Leon McFadden (groin) and FS T.J. Ward (hamstring) have been ruled out for the first preseason game.

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  Browns | Montario Hardesty may get cut    Wed Aug 7, 08:26 AM

Cleveland Browns RB Montario Hardesty's (hamstring) roster spot is in jeopardy, but if he can get healthy, he has a decent shot to make the team.

Footballguys view: This was a sentiment tossed around earlier this offseason. Hardesty is talented but oft-injured and not tied to this new regime. Backup RBs Dion Lewis and Chris Ogbonnaya have been impressing in camp while Hardesty has been dealing with yet another injury.

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  Browns | Dion Lewis working with second team    Tue Jul 30, 08:08 PM

Cleveland Browns RB Dion Lewis has started working with the second-team offense, and he has turned heads with his speed, moves and catching ability. Lewis has been seeing more work with RB Montario Hardesty (hamstring) sidelined with a hamstring injury.

Footballguys view: Some feel that Hardesty may be on the roster bubble because of his durability concerns. Lewis has been a standout so far in camp and is an interesting name to keep in mind if you play in a deep dynasty league. He's a back who is known for running with good balance, pad level, and quick initial burst.

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  Browns | Montario Hardesty misses practice    Mon Jul 29, 09:45 PM

Cleveland Browns RB Montario Hardesty (hamstring) did not participate in practice Monday, July 29.

Footballguys view: Hardesty is a fine backup RB but he's got an injury history that reads like War & Peace. The team has to take it easy on him as he works through this hamstring injury.

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  Browns | Montario Hardesty slowed by hamstring    Mon Jul 29, 02:44 AM

Cleveland Browns RB Montario Hardesty (hamstring) missed practice on Sunday, July 28, and coach Rob Chudzinski said Hardesty is listed as day-to-day.

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  Browns | Montario Hardesty could be on bubble    Wed Jul 17, 05:43 PM

Cleveland Browns RB Montario Hardesty could be on the roster bubble during training camp because offensive coordinator Norv Turner likes running backs that are able to catch the ball and Hardesty has been a liability as a receiver.

Footballguys view: We have a difficult time believing Hardesty is on the bubble. This offseason while Trent Richardson was out (shin) we saw Hardesty get most of the first team reps for the Browns.

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  Browns | Two expected to compete for No. 2 RB job    Fri Jun 7, 02:30 PM

Cleveland Browns RBs Montario Hardesty and Chris Ogbonnaya are expected to compete for the No. 2 running back during training camp.

Footballguys view: Hardesty is the more talented back but durability issues have plagued his career dating back to his college days at Tennessee. 'Silent G' (Obgonnaya) is a good all-purpose runner who can contribute between the tackles or as a receiver out of the backfield.

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  Browns | RBs seeing a lot of passes    Tue May 28, 07:46 PM

Cleveland Browns offensive coordinator Norv Turner's system is throwing a lot of passes to the running back position so far this offseason. RB Trent Richardson caught 51 balls last year, but RBs Dion Lewis and Montario Hardesty have also shown the ability to catch passes.

Footballguys view: Turner knows how to get RBs to produce up to their potential. If Richardson can stay healthy he could be a top 5 fantasy RB. His current ADP is RB7 and he's coming off the board at 1.07.

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  Browns | Lots of passes being thrown to RBs    Sun May 26, 06:58 PM

The Cleveland Plain Dealer is reporting that a lot of passes are being thrown to the RBs in the team's recent minicamp. Montario Hardesty and Dion Lewis are standing out as pass catchers this offseason.

Footballguys view: Make a note here fantasy owners. Last year Trent Richardson caught 51 passes as a rookie and could be in for the same receiving workload in 2013.

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  Browns | Montario Hardesty worked with starters    Fri May 24, 05:31 PM

Cleveland Browns RB Montario Hardesty worked with the first-team offense during organized team activities Thursday, May 23, because RB Trent Richardson (leg) did not participate. RB Dion Lewis also received an increased amount of reps during the workout.

Footballguys view: Hardesty is the handcuff behind Richardson and proved last year that he could be a capable pro back when called upon. Richardson battled through nagging injuries as a rookie and needs to get healthy so he can playing up to his enormous potential.

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  Browns | Evaluating Montario Hardesty    Sun Feb 10, 10:54 PM

The new coaching staff is spending a lot of time evaluating RB Montario Hardesty, who had 271 rushing yards and a 4.2 yards per carry average on 65 rushes in 2012. Hardesty has one year remaining on his contract at $630,000, so he would be cheap to cut or keep for depth.

Footballguys view: Hardesty looked good last year in a limited role. He's better used as a backup where his touches can be limited as durability has been an issue for Hardesty dating back to his college days.

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  Browns | Thaddeus Lewis, Montario Hardesty to start    Fri Dec 28, 01:50 PM

Cleveland Browns head coach Pat Shurmur said QB Thaddeus Lewis and RB Montario Hardesty will start in Week 17 against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Footballguys view: Lewis struggles with pressure and will be under constant duress against the Steelers in week 17. Hardesty has been running well as a backup behind Trent Richardson but is facing a Steelers defense that ranks 2nd against the run.

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  Browns | Nine probable for Week 16    Fri Dec 21, 05:43 PM

Cleveland Browns WR Travis Benjamin (finger), Oniel Cousins (shin), Montario Hardesty (knee), OL Shawn Lauvao (head, foot) and OL Joe Thomas (back) all fully participated in practice Friday, Dec. 21, and are probable for Week 16. WR Joshua Cribbs (knee), DE Juqua Parker (knee) and DL Phil Taylor (knee, calf) were all limited in practice and are probable. OL Ryan Miller (not injury related) did not participate in practice and is probable.

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  Browns | Five practice in full    Thu Dec 20, 05:44 PM

Cleveland Browns WR Travis Benjamin (finger), OL Oniel Cousins (shin), RB Montario Hardesty (knee), OL Shawn Lauvao (head, foot) and TE E. Alex Smith (knee) practiced in full Thursday, Dec. 20.

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  Browns | Four take part in practice     Wed Dec 19, 05:43 PM

Cleveland Browns RB Montario Hardesty (knee), WR Travis Benjamin (finger), TE E. Alex Smith (knee) and OT Oniel Cousins (shin) fully participated in practice Wednesday, Dec. 19.

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  Browns | Could reduce Trent Richardson's workload     Sat Dec 15, 08:18 AM

Updating a previous item, Cleveland Browns offensive coordinator Brad Childress said the team is 'not there' when it comes to benching RB Trent Richardson (ribs), but he could see a reduction in snaps. 'Are we going to give him a series every now and then, or every third series or something to that nature?' Childress said. 'Yeah, we talk about that.' The lack of big plays has been a problem for Richardson. He is seventh in the NFL in attempts yet has just two plays for more than 20 yards. Meanwhile, RB Montario Hardesty is averaging 4.7 yards per carry this season.

Footballguys view: Richardson has not been 100% in weeks yet is still putting up RB2 numbers. Hardesty has been looking good as a backup and could get a few more carries this season.

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  Browns | Eight players listed as probable     Fri Dec 14, 03:56 PM

Cleveland Browns RB Montario Hardesty (knee), WR Travis Benjamin (finger), WR Joshua Cribbs (knee), OG Shawn Lauvao (foot), OT Joe Thomas (back), DE Juqua Parker (knee), DE Frostee Rucker (shoulder) and LB James-Michael Johnson (finger, thigh) fully participated in practice Friday, Dec. 14, and are listed as probable for Week 15.

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  Browns | Trent Richardson will not be losing carries     Fri Dec 14, 03:06 PM

Cleveland Browns offensive coordinator Brad Childress said RB Trent Richardson will not be losing carries to RB Montario Hardesty even though Richardson is averaging only 3.5 yards per carry compared to Hardesty's average of 4.7 yards per carry.

Footballguys view: Hardesty is quicker to the hole than Richardson, which has been more effective at times, but Richardson deserves some of the credit for softening up defenses.

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  Browns | Five take part in practice     Thu Dec 13, 07:08 PM

Cleveland Browns RB Montario Hardesty (knee), WR Travis Benjamin (finger), OG Shawn Lauvao (foot), DE Frostee Rucker (shoulder) and LB James-Michael Johnson (finger, thigh) fully participated in practice Thursday, Dec. 13.

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  Browns | Five practice in full    Wed Dec 12, 04:34 PM

Cleveland Browns WR Travis Benjamin (finger), RB Montario Hardesty (knee), LB James-Michael Johnson (thigh, finger), OL Shawn Lauvao (foot) and DE Frostee Rucker (shoulder) practiced in full Wednesday, Dec. 12.

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  Browns | Montario Hardesty probable    Fri Oct 26, 03:56 PM

Cleveland Browns RB Montario Hardesty (knee) fully participated in practice Friday, Oct. 26, and is listed as probable for Week 8.

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  Browns | Montario Hardesty limited    Thu Oct 25, 05:39 PM

Cleveland Browns RB Montario Hardesty (knee) was limited in practice Thursday, Oct. 25.

Footballguys view: Hardesty is probably just an emergency stash in case Trent Richardson's condition takes a turn for the worse before the game on Sunday. Hardesty continues to have trouble staying off of the injury report.

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  Browns | Montario Hardesty limited    Wed Oct 24, 05:51 PM

Cleveland Browns RB Montario Hardesty (knee) was limited during practice Wednesday, Oct. 24.

Footballguys view: We could see more from Hardesty this week with Trent Richardson battling a rib injury.

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  Browns | No setbacks for Trent Richardson    Sun Oct 21, 07:05 PM

Updating a previous report, Cleveland Browns head coach Pat Shurmur said Sunday, Oct. 21, that RB Trent Richardson (ribs) did not suffer any setbacks with his injury in Week 7 against the Indianapolis Colts. Richardson struggled, and Shurmur said the Colts stacked the box, so the team elected to keep passing. Shurmur also said he played RB Montario Hardesty more because he didn't feel Richardson was as effective as usual early on.

Footballguys view: We have to wonder if Richardson is going to be the type of back that we can't trust when he is listed as questionable. The injury allowed him to practice and get cleared to start, but he couldn't produce or earn the coach's trust while his performance was hampered by it.

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  Browns | Trent Richardson to wear flak jacket    Thu Oct 18, 07:01 PM

Cleveland Browns RB Trent Richardson (chest, rib) will wear a flak jacket in Week 7 against the Indianapolis Colts. Richardson is expected to start in the game, and he said the extra padding won't change his rushing style. 'My game's not going to be no different,' Richardson said. 'I'm still going to play physical and play hard-nosed football, smash-mouth football. That's what I was brought up to do, and that's how I know how to play football.' RBs Montario Hardesty and Chris Ogbonnaya will step in if Richardson is limited at all, and head coach Pat Shurmur is confident in the backups if needed.

Footballguys view: Richardson has a huge opportunity on Sunday against the Colts. If he can play through this painful rib injury he could end up as the number one fantasy RB in week 7.

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  Browns | Trent Richardson misses practice    Fri Oct 5, 01:50 PM

Cleveland Browns RB Trent Richardson (personal) was not practicing in the early portion of practice Friday, Oct. 5, because his girlfriend was giving birth. RBs Montario Hardesty and Chris Ogbonnaya took first-team repetitions as a result.

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  Browns | Montario Hardesty still waiting to play    Wed Sep 19, 12:51 AM

Cleveland Browns RB Montario Hardesty was active in Week 2 against the Cincinnati Bengals, but for the second consecutive game he did not get an offensive snap. 'Montario was there if (RB Trent Richardson) needed a break. Trent doesn't ever need a break now, it doesn't look like,' head coach Pat Shurmur said.

Footballguys view: Richardson is the rare workhorse back. Hardesty won't have much of a chance at playing time behind him unless Richardson is hurt.

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  Browns | Montario Hardesty, Brandon Jackson work with starters     Mon Sep 3, 12:15 PM

Cleveland Browns RBs Montario Hardesty and Brandon Jackson saw some time with the first-team offense in practice Monday, Sept. 3.

Footballguys view: Trent Richardson is going to be eased back into action as he returns from his preseason knee injury. That will lead to an increased role for both Hardesty and Jackson until Richardson is back to full strength.

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  Browns | Brandon Jackson gets first-team work    Mon Aug 27, 02:49 PM

Cleveland Browns RB Brandon Jackson worked with the first team in practice Monday, Aug. 27, substituting for RB Montario Hardesty on third-down situations.

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  Browns | Montario Hardesty leads team in rushing    Fri Aug 17, 02:37 AM

Cleveland Browns RB Montario Hardesty led the team in rushing Thursday, Aug. 16, against the Green Bay Packers. He had 12 carries for 45 yards with one touchdown.

Footballguys view: Hardesty may get extensive action early in the season if Trent Richardson is still recovering from preseason knee surgery. He has reportedly looked better than at any previous point in his career and might be worth a last-round pick as an injury hedge if you take Richardson early.

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  Browns | Montario Hardesty looking good during camp    Sun Jul 29, 01:41 PM

Cleveland Browns RB Montario Hardesty has looked lighter, quicker and more energized during training camp this season. He is healthy but will have to perform well during camp in order to secure himself a place on the final roster.

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  Browns | Backup RB battle to be heated    Sun Jul 22, 11:54 PM

The only real competition at the running back position for the Cleveland Browns is to determine who will become the primary backup to RB Trent Richardson. The team likely will favor whoever proves to be the best receiving threat and pass protector, especially on third down. Contributions on special teams might be a deciding factor, too. Head coach Pat Shurmur said RBs Montario Hardesty and Brandon Jackson would both play this year, but it is uncertain who will have a more prominent role. RB Chris Ogbonnaya is also in the mix, and his ability on special teams will help his cause should one of the others falter or suffer injury.

Footballguys view: We like Hardesty's natural ability but he's been unable to stay healthy during most of his college and pro career. Jackson is looking to make a comeback and has good versatility because of his receiving ability.

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  Browns | Chris Ogbonnaya helps himself on special teams    Sun Jul 8, 10:58 PM

Cleveland Browns RB Chris Ogbonnaya might have a leg up in the battle for a roster spot with RB Montario Hardesty, as Ogbonnaya has also shown ability on special teams, especially on coverage. The Browns are adamant that they want their No. 3 running back to chip in on special teams. It's uncertain if Hardesty can, or is willing, to do so.

Footballguys view: We'll see how this RB situation unfolds in Cleveland. Right now behind Richardson the depth chart is far from set. Hardesty has the most talent, but Ogbonnaya is more versatile and not quite as injury prone.

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  Browns | Brandon Jackson making strides    Sun Jul 8, 10:50 PM

Cleveland Browns RB Brandon Jackson is healthy, and he has reportedly established himself as the No. 2 back in the depth chart battle with RBs Montario Hardesty and Chris Ogbonnaya. Jackson showed solid blocking and catching skills, as well, which is what the coaches expect in the West Coast offense.

Footballguys view: Jackson is a nice fit for the West Coast offense because of his versatile skill set. However, we think Hardesty (if healthy) could win the backup job behind Trent Richardson because he has a more elite skill set. Jackson could stick on the final roster as the third RB if he can beat out Ogbonnaya.

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