BEREA, Ohio (AP) — The Cleveland Browns are getting surprising production at running back in the preseason.
This unexpected help is coming from Montario Hardesty and not No. 3 overall pick Trent Richardson.
Coach Pat Shurmur said Sunday that Hardesty is making the most of increased playing time since Richardson had knee surgery Aug. 9.
Except for Hardesty's costly fumble on the first play at Green Bay on Thursday, the third-year running back is showing the style the Browns expected when they made him a second-round choice in 2010.
Hardesty missed all of 2010 after surgery. He didn't play much last season and knows Cleveland (No. 30 in the AP Pro32) has a big investment in Richardson. Yet he's eager to prove he can play, too.