October 15 Camden Courier-Post:
“Mike Bell was the Super Bowl champion Saints’ leading rusher last year, so the yellow caution flags are rightfully out on getting too excited about Jerome Harrison, who was the lowly Browns’ leading rusher last season.
Except Harrison is pumped about coming to the Eagles in a straight trade for Bell.
“I’m here now and I’m glad to be here,” Harrison, a fifth-year pro, said before his first practice Thursday. “I just can’t wait to play.”
Harrison wasn’t a fantasy league favorite much beyond the shores of Lake Erie since being drafted by Cleveland in the fifth round out of Washington State — well, at least until last December.
Then, against Kansas City on Dec. 20, Harrison rushed for 286 yards, which is the third highest total in NFL history behind Pro Bowl running backs Adrian Peterson and Jamal Lewis.
Harrison, 27, followed that franchise-record performance with two more 100-yard games to finish the season with a some star power sizzle for 5-11 Cleveland.
“He’s had a couple great games,” Eagles offensive coordinator Mary Mornhinweg said.
The 5-9, 205-pound Harrison became expendable in Cleveland with the emergence of Peyton Hillis, who is a power back and fits better in the Browns’ running scheme.
Harrison, a restricted free agent at the end of the season, had rushed for only 91 yards on 31 carries for the Browns this year with no touchdowns.
“A fresh start is sometimes good,” he said.
Harrison, who rushed for a career-high 862 yards and five touchdowns last season, said he didn’t know what his role would be with the Eagles, which is much more of a finesse offense than the Browns.
“I’m going to study hard and just try my hardest,” he said.
Harrison, an accomplished receiver out of the backfield, is expected to eventually back up starter LeSean McCoy, who’s fourth in the NFL in total yards from scrimmage.
The Eagles signed Bell in the offseason to be McCoy’s backup, but the combination of preseason injuries and an offense not particularly suited for his between-the-tackles running style, limited him to just 28 yards on 16 carries this year.”
PhillySportsCentral.com – Philadelphia sports news, rumors, blogs, & message board discussion forums