Today’s reports out of Berea have clinched it for me. Peyton Hillis is on my radar as the “under-the-radar” player for the Browns this year on offense. During practice, Peyton Hillis did damage to the Browns’ defensive unit on a 30-yard play and a 40-yard play. I didn’t see them, but they were reportedly short passes that Hillis converted into giant amounts of YAC (yards after the catch.) When I brought his name up this morning, the fine folks at Denver’s Mile High Report concurred with my hopes by saying, “I always thought Denver could have used him as an H-Back, in the Chris Cooley mold…” Obviously aiming for Chris Cooley type production might be aiming a bit high, but if Hillis can even be “in the mold” of Chris Cooley, he will be a welcome addition to the Cleveland Browns.
Hillis doesn’t have much to show for the 2009-10 season as he got lost on the bench when Mike Shanahan lost his job in Denver and Josh McDaniels took over. For the season, Hillis only had 54 yards rushing and 19 yards receiving. That level of production is a clear indicator of why the Broncos were willing to include Hillis in the deal for Brady Quinn. [Read more...]