The NFL has selected two Cleveland Browns players for monthly honors, the league announced today.
The team is getting a quick return on their top 2007 draft pick, OT Joe Thomas, as shown by his selection as the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Month. While tackles don't have eye-popping statistics to recite, the Browns offensive emergence is tied directly to the manner in which Thomas and free agent LG Eric Steinbach had given the team a dominant left side for their offensive line. QB Derek Anderson has been able to emerge thanks to the time provided by the team's offensive line, and RB Jamal Lewis has had a bounce-back season thanks to the holes provided by the line.
Kick return specialist Joshua Cribbs was named the AFC Special Teams Player of the Month for his play in November. Last month, Cribbs returned nineteen kicks for 664 yards, with one touchdown, as well as returning 11 punts for 119 yards. Cribbs was also active on coverage units, making six tackles and forcing a fumble.
While the honor is nice, the real display of the high regard in which Cribbs is held can be found in the way that opposing teams are now sacrificing yardage on kicks to avoid putting the ball in the hands of the Kent State product.