1. Dontrell Hilliard
The final veteran that should be worried about holding his spot on the roster is running back Dontrell Hilliard. The third-year back out of Tulane proved to be serviceable as a third down back during the first half of 2019. However, when Kareem Hunt was activated during the second half of the season, Hilliard’s role diminished greatly.
Going into 2020, the Browns have two first rate running backs with Nick Chubb and Hunt both returning. The other running back on the roster currently is D’Enest Johnson. What could put Hilliard on waivers is the natural skill set that separates him and Johnson.
While the two are similar in size, it appears Johnson is the more physical back of the two. Johnson’s running style is also more suited for a zone running scheme that the team will be implementing. That alone could spell the end for Hilliard.
Hilliard’s main attribute is his ability to catch the ball out of the backfield, however Hunt has a clear lead as being the team’s go to receiving back. A team rarely will opt to keep a backup third down running back. If Hilliard expects to make this roster, he may have to do so as a return specialist.
Hilliard is a quality NFL running back and should find a home on an NFL roster but more than likely that home won’t be in Cleveland.