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Ogbonnaya proves to be dual threat

Posted Sep 29, 2013

Running back Chris Ogbonnaya was a running threat early, and receiving threat late in the Browns’ 17-6 win over the Cincinnati Bengals Sunday.

Whether it is as a running back, blocking fullback, receiving threat out of the backfield, or on special teams, Cleveland Browns fullback Chris Ogbonnaya has the versatility to help the team in many different situations.

And the fourth-year veteran put that versatility on display by accounting for 48 yards the 10 times he touched the ball in Sunday’s 17-6 win over the Cincinnati Bengals at FirstEnergy Stadium.

“It’s a part of the preparation that we do, and every week, we prepare as though you’re the starter and know that anything can happen during the course of the game,” Ogbonnaya said of his production. “Our room, in particular, we just prepare the same way, and are ready to carry the load when need be.”

Ogbonnaya rushed for 27 yards on five carries, and gained another 21 yards on five receptions, and was part of a rotation with Willis McGahee and Bobby Rainey. Combined, the Browns’ three rushers gained 82 yards on 26 carries, and caught seven passes for 41 yards.

Following the game, Ogbonnaya said that “by any means is what we go by” in the running backs room.

“As a team, everybody needs to play,” Ogbonnaya said. “Everybody that’s playing can contribute, and that goes on offense, defense and special teams. We can all have a positive effect on the game.

“Anything that we can do to win, I’m for it. This team, we’ve worked so hard to put ourselves in position to win. This city is behind us. We love playing here in Cleveland. We love our fans here, and we want to continue to do those little things right and get better each week because we are not satisfied, at all. We want to keep winning and keep this thing moving.”

Ogbonnaya put the punctuation mark on the Browns’ victory when he caught a one-yard touchdown from quarterback Brian Hoyer that capped off a 12-play 91-yard drive with 4:54 remaining in the game.

The touchdown was Ogbonnaya’s second career NFL score, and his first as a receiver.

“It was definitely gratifying,” Ogbonnaya said. “You just work hard. Willis is probably not happy with me because he worked hard and got us down to the one. He’s worked hard and has been a great leader for us, but it’s a team effort, and I think it’s a culmination of great things.”

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