Peyton Hillis has been an interesting character for many Browns fans since he was acquired in the Brady Quinn trade this past offseason. Hillis is in his 3rd NFL season, spending the first two in Denver, where he was drafted in the 7th round of the 2008 draft. A product of Arkansas, where he played at Halfback, Fullback, Tight End, Wide Receiver and even returned Kicks and Punts for the Razorbacks, where he played all four years. His college stats are quite impressive for a player that played as many different positions as he did, running for a total of 960 yards (4.7 per carry) and 12 touchdowns, 1,197 receiving yards, and 11 receiving touchdowns, and adding 470 yards on kickoff and punt returns combined.
Since making the jump to the NFL Hillis has played both Fullback and Halfback, and has managed to accrue a solid resume for a 3 year pro, who has never been a feature back, and has spent most of his career blocking in Denver. He has a total of 473 rushing yard (76 of those for Cleveland) and 8 TD’s on the ground (2 for Cleveland) and has averaged 4.8 yards per carry over his short career.
Those that have watched him play since his arrival have noticed that Hillis is an absolute bulldozer, who refuses to go down until he has hit a few people, and that the pairing of Hillis and Vickers in the backfield is something to be feared. It seems as though the Browns plan on using him solely as a running back alongside Jerome Harrison, and we can look forward to a good season of production from Hillis, and, hopefully, a long career here in Cleveland.