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RB Isaiah Crowell - Cleveland Browns

5-11, 224Born: 1-8-1993College: Alabama StateDrafted: ---

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 16): Crowell ran well early against the Texans, but the Browns offense is just getting worse as the season goes on. They aren't looking like a team that can set him up with game scripts that equal opportunity to be more than a low ceiling flex.

Week 7: vs Tennessee Titans

All RB vs TEN

FBG says: Neutral matchup. The Browns have struggled to get anything going on the ground this season as their running backs have consistently been put in a tough place with the offense always playing from behind. Duke Johnson has out-snapped Isaiah Crowell in four of their six games this season despite Crowell having more than triple the rush attempts of Johnson. When Crowell has had the ball on the ground, he has not been very effective at all, averaging only 3.4 yards per attempt with no touchdowns. Duke Johnson has done a better job rushing the ball, averaging 5.6 yards per attempt with a couple touchdowns in addition to the versatility he adds in the passing game. The Browns quarterbacks have done a decent job at adding some value on the ground as well, as Kevin Hogan has rushed for 30 and 36 yards in his last two games. The Titans run defense has been statistically average this season but looked very solid on the field. They have yet to allow an opposing running back to rush for more than 80 yards while allowing only two rushing touchdowns to the position. Jurrell Casey racked up a couple more run stops last week while Daquon Jones continues to be the team's best run defender. Sylvester Williams, however, is a weak spot at nose tackle, as he has been trucked on more than one occasion by opposing Centers this season. The Browns have one of the best offensive lines in the league, so they present a matchup problem for nearly every defense they face--however, that still is not enough to instill trust Browns in running backs in this offense.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumLPts
3 at IND 41 12 44 0 3 2 10 0 0 5.4
4 vs CIN 22 7 20 0 2 1 7 0 0 2.7
5 vs NYJ 36 16 60 0 3 2 7 0 0 6.7
6 at HOU 32 12 58 0 2 2 15 0 0 7.3
7 vs TEN PROJ-Dodds * 13 * * 2 * * * *
7 vs TEN PROJ-Tremblay * 13 * * 2 * * * *
7 vs TEN PROJ-Bloom * 14 * * 2 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 6 vs HOU (12 / 58 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 15 / 0 rec)

Crowell averaged 4.8 yards per carry, his best mark of the season. His best run of the afternoon came on a play where he started left before reversing field to avoid a tackle. He wound up picking up 14 yards, aided by a big block from a teammate. Crowell continues to be used sparingly in the passing game, picking up just two catches, both coming in the second half of the game. As has been the case all season, the Browns continue to find themselves in poor game script, which limits the amount of touches Crowell gets.

2017 Week 5 vs NYJ (16 / 60 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 7 / 0 rec)

Crowell had his best rushing game of the season against the Jets in Week 5. Unfortunately, he wasn't able to pick up his first touchdown of the season, although he did see several red zone looks. On the second drive of the game, Crowell received a red zone carry from the New York six-yard line. He picked up three yards on the rush. DeShone Kizer went right back to Crowell on the next play, targeting him with a pass. The pass was too high for Crowell to make the grab. He probably would have been able to beat the defender to the pylon for a score had Kizer delivered the ball more quickly and on target. He later saw another red zone target in the third quarter. This time he was able to catch the ball but was brought down pretty quickly thereafter.

2017 Week 4 vs CIN (7 / 20 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)

As has been the case frequently this season, Crowell was the victim of poor game script which made him a bystander in the second half of the game. Of Crowell's eight touches, all but two came in the first half of the game. His best run came on the first drive of the second quarter where he broke a 14-yard run to the left side of the line. Crowell broke a tackle near the line of scrimmage before turning upfield for a nice gain.

2017 Week 3 vs IND (12 / 44 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 10 / 0 rec)

Crowell started off hot against the Colts, picking up 10 rushing yards on the first carry of the game. He ran hard, like usual, and was able to generally keep the chains moving when his number was called. Unfortunately for him, poor game script limited his opportunities as the game went on. Crowell saw just three touches (two carries and a reception) in the second half of the game as he watched backup running back Duke Johnson rack up yardage all over the field. With the Browns expected to be behind often this season, it stands to reason that Crowell is going to experience this problem repeatedly throughout the year. He did see one red zone target around the Indianapolis three-yard line but quarterback DeShone Kizer threw the ball too high for him to make the catch.

2017 Week 2 vs BAL (10 / 37 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Crowell had a tough matchup against a stout Baltimore run defense and it showed in the box score. He failed to get much going on the ground outside of a 17-yard run in the third quarter. He was an ankle tackle away from possibly scoring a touchdown on that play. The Browns went away from Crowell for stretches during the game. He was mostly a victim to poor game script coupled with an extremely difficult matchup. He remains the team's lead back and preferred goal line option in the run game.

2017 Week 1 vs PIT (17 / 33 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 33 / 0 rec)

Crowell's best series came on the first drive of the game. He broke a few five-yard runs, although the second one was nullified by offensive holding. After that, Crowell starting having trouble finding room to operate. He was consistently stuffed at or near the line of scrimmage during the game. He did see a red zone carry from the Pittsburgh 11 yard line in the third quarter, but was quickly brought down for a two-yard gain. His best pickup of the game came on a short pass in the fourth quarter which he turned into a 23-yard gain by weaving through would-be tacklers. While the Browns have a good run-blocking offensive line, it was clear that the Steelers loaded up on stopping him in order to force DeShone Kizer to beat them.

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Latest News

Browns | Isaiah Crowell steps up a little (Sun Oct 15, 05:39 PM) - Cleveland Browns RB Isaiah Crowell rushed 12 times for 58 yards in Week 6 against the Houston Texans while racking up two catches for 15 yards on his two targets.

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Browns | Isaiah Crowell finishes with 60 yards (Sun Oct 8, 04:45 PM) - Cleveland Browns RB Isaiah Crowell rushed for 60 yards on 16 carries against the New York Jets in Week 5.

Our View: Crowell's offense was moving the ball and setting him up for a high volume game, but they couldn't finish drives and establish a lead. The defense is improved with Myles Garrett and the offense could be improved if Kevin Hogan remains the starter, but this is still one of the worst teams in the league, and that will hold back Crowell.

Browns | Coach supports Isaiah Crowell (Fri Oct 6, 10:11 PM) - Cleveland Browns head coach Hue Jackson said he still believes in RB Isaiah Crowell and there are no plans to remove Crowell from the starting role.

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Browns | Duke Johnson won't be featured (Fri Oct 6, 09:48 PM) - Cleveland Browns RB Duke Johnson won't start over RB Isaiah Crowell, head coach Hue Jackson said Friday, Oct. 6.

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Schedule

7vs Tennessee Titans
8vs Minnesota Vikings
9--- BYE WEEK ---
10@ Detroit Lions
11vs Jacksonville Jaguars
12@ Cincinnati Bengals
13@ Los Angeles Chargers
14vs Green Bay Packers
15vs Baltimore Ravens
16@ Chicago Bears
17@ Pittsburgh Steelers