Thursday, January 15, 2009
by Tony Grossi
January 13, 2009
These rankings are unscientific and reflect my opinion of the players who had the best season in 2008. They are not based on potential, athletic ability or draft status, but on actual production versus opportunity and role, with some consideration given to past performance and to intangibles. (Note: Players who were active for two or fewer games are not ranked.)
1. NT Shaun Rogers: Better than advertised. Shame his outstanding effort didn't have a domino effect.
2. KR-WR Josh Cribbs: He might have more impact as a third-down back or safety.
3. PK Phil Dawson: Had overall finest kicking year in Browns history.
4. LS Ryan Pontbriand: One of the top five snappers in the NFL.
5. LT Joe Thomas: Tougher opponents resulted in more sacks allowed.
6. RB Jamal Lewis: A bad year for him is 1,002 yards, 3.6 average and 4 TDs.
7. ILB D'Qwell Jackson: 191 tackles, 3 interceptions, 2 sacks and 5 pass breakups.
8. LG Eric Steinbach: A heady, reliable blocker when healthy; missed two games with injuries.
9. RB Jerome Harrison: Averaged 8 yards every time he touched the ball.
10. P Dave Zastudil: Top 10 in NFL in gross and net average.