Josh Cribbs may become full-time running back
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Josh Cribbs may become full-time running back

Forget Chris Jennings or Jerome Harrison. It's been evident lately (and especially on Thursday night against the Pittsburgh Steelers) that the Cleveland Browns' most explosive offensive weapon is jack of all trades Josh Cribbs @JoshCribbs16. In the past two weeks, he has gained 125 yards on just 12 rushes. Now comes news that head coach Eric Mangini is willing to explore using Cribbs more in a traditional running back role. Cribbs also returns kickoffs and punts, plays gunner on special teams and lines up sometimes at wide receiver.

Fantasy Analysis:

I think this move had to come after what happened in Thursday's game. Cribbs carved up the Steelers' top-ranked run defense; his 37-yard run that night was probably the most exciting play of the game. Cribbs is 6-foot-1, 215 pounds, so he's not the biggest guy in the world (and he'll still have to share the ball with Jennings and Harrison); however, if the team gives him some more touches down the season's final stretch, he may become starter-worthy. Considering that the Browns end their season with the Chiefs, Raiders and Jaguars, Cribbs may be worth your consideration in the final weeks. Although, it is worth noting that Cribbs has fumbled five times this season.

Associated Press

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I have played fantasy sports since 2001. I've played mostly in fantasy football and baseball leagues. I wrote for FFToolbox from 2002-2005 and re-joined in 2009.

I was an undergraduate from the University of Central Florida, and a master's graduate from Cal State University, Northridge specializing in journalism/mass communication. I make my home in Long Beach, Calif.

While I grew up in California, my favorite football team has always been the New York Giants.

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