Tuesday, October 5, 2010
AFC North High Energy Player of the Week
By James Walker
He's been the bully of the AFC North this season, punishing defenders and breathing life into an otherwise struggling Cleveland Browns offense.
Peyton Hillis has rushed for at least 100 yards in each of the past two games.
Burly 250-pound running back Peyton Hillis -- coming off back-to-back 100-yard performances -- is this week's High Energy Player in the division. He's eighth in the NFL in rushing with 322 yards and averaging 4.9 yards per carry, which is tops in the AFC North.
The Browns (1-3) are certainly not without issues, but one thing they have is an offensive identity. Hillis gives Cleveland a go-to player on offense as the team deals with injuries at quarterback and lack of talent at receiver. Opposing defenses know they will get a steady dose of Hillis, but the Browns remain effective running the football.
Hillis has been the best roster move made so far by first-year Browns president Mike Holmgren and general manager Tom Heckert. Cleveland traded quarterback Brady Quinn to the Denver Broncos this offseason for Hillis and a sixth-round draft pick.
After four games, there's no question Hillis has quickly established himself as Cleveland's best offensive skill player.