Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Lewis turns 30 today

Jamal Lewis turns 30 years old today. That is supposed to be the proverbial wall for running backs.

"I thought 30 was the new 20," Coach Eric Mangini said.

More important than his actual age is the fact Lewis has carried the ball 2,399 times in a career that began with the Ravens in 2000. That's a lot of mileage, a lot of pounding his legs have absorbed. He set an NFL record for yards rushing in a game, since broken by Adrian Peterson, when he rushed for 295 yards in a game against the Browns in 2003. This is his third season with the Browns.

Lewis keeps himself in excellent condition with a grueling training program in the offseason, so he is in better shape than most players still in the NFL at age 30. Whether he can carry the ball 279 times as he did last year and stll be effective is another matter. That's why the Browns need to develop another back. James Davis could be that player. He rushed 81 yards for a touchdown against the Lions in the preseason. Things change when games start to count, but speed is speed, and Davis has it.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think that Lewis has a little left in the tank, but we have a very dynamic backfield this year and I am excited to watch the running game this year. Lewis is a tough back who can pound the ball and Harrison and Davis can bring a change of pace with their outstanding speed. Harrison has amazing illusiviness and can make people miss, and from what i've seen from Davis he can outrun defenders and make a few good moves himself. Hopefully this will also help open up the passing game which I think has improved, that is if Braylon can hold on the the ball. I was dissapointed that Robiskie didnt get the ball as much in the preseason I think he is going to be a solid revceiver for us. Mohomad M. (sorry for the spelling) looks really good as well and hopefully with the good running game and new recievers we can put some points on the board. Quaterback is the really big question, and in my personal opinion I would like to see Brady get his chance. This team has alot of potential they just need to prove it, or get the chance to prove it.

September 4, 2009 at 3:07 PM 

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