Willis McGahee: Watch out for Browns

Willis McGahee: Watch out for Browns
October 10, 2013, 10:00 am
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Cleveland Browns running back Willis McGahee (26) warms up prior to the game against the Minnesota Vikings at Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome.

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The Browns’ place in a three-way tie for first in the AFC North with the Ravens and Bengals is no fluke according to Willis McGahee. 

The former Ravens (and Bills and Broncos) running back was picked up by Cleveland after the Browns traded former first-round pick Trent Richardson, and they haven’t lost in the three games since McGahee arrived. He told PFT Live on Wednesday he’s got a feeling about this team. Call it Denver vu.

“The Browns compare to my first year in Denver [2011] when those guys were young,” McGahee said.  “They had a vet, which was Champ Bailey, but it shows the same characteristics. Young, everyone being together, we weren’t winning at first but then we started winning. Once you believe, you believe.”

McGahee gained nearly 1,200 yards for that Broncos team, who went on a seven-game winning streak and won a memorable playoff game while being quarterbacked by some guy who’s not in the league anymore but whose name has been known to come up once in a while. And by “once in a while,” we mean every single day. (We’ll whisper it: Tim Tebow.)

But back to this year. “Sky’s the limit for us,” McGahee said.  “Sky’s the limit for me.”

He is averaging under 3 yards a carry, but McGahee, who turns 32 later this month, said he’s still rounding into shape and will be there in “another week or two.” Though the Broncos didn’t bring him back this season, he was still effective for them in 2012, gaining 731 yards in 10 games and averaging 4.4 yards a carry.

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