AHHHHHH, Jerome Harrison. How we’ve missed you.
Peyton Hillis’ backup gained six yards on six carries against the Falcons last Sunday, which is more of an argument against the Browns’ line than it is against Harrison, as Hillis himself didn’t have a very good rushing day either.
Harrison is more similar to starter LeSean McCoy than Mike Bell was, so presumably Andy Reid is looking for a specific type of back and not change-of-pace guys. It’ll be interesting to see two opposing backfields composed of opposites — the Falcons’ thunder-and-thunder approach, starring Michael Turner and Jason Snelling, against the Eagles’ waves-of-speed attack.
(This isn't our Mike Bell, of course. Our Mike Bell spent the late afternoon impersonating a waiter at a Mexican restaurant trying to get patrons to order Chino Cadahia, described as a dish composed of "refried beans with a layer of bacon," as David Pollack grimaced. Chino Cadahia is the name of a departing Atlanta Braves coach.)
Harrison had 228 touches, including 34 receptions, in 2009, so it’s not like there hasn’t been a place for him in Eric Mangini’s preferred offense.
Unless Harrison wasn’t getting along well with others in Cleveland, as had been rumored, this is a strange trade. From early reviews, public opinion seems to be that the Eagles won this one outright:
Eagles got the guy who is cheaper, more talented, has more upside, and has better production. Browns got a guy.