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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 Dec 11): The matchups against the Ravens and Bears aren't ideal, but the Browns offense is rounding into form and Crowell is talented enough to be worth flex consideration on potential volume alone coming off of a strong game against the Packers.

Week 15: vs Baltimore Ravens

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FBG says: Bad matchup. Over his last five weeks, Isaiah Crowell has been a rollercoaster of a ride when it comes to production. In three of his five games, he has 90 or more yards, while in the other two games he has a total combined 59 yards rushing. Crowell looked tremendous against a good Packers run defense last week. A big reason for Crowell's recent success has been the offensive line particularly at the guard position as Joel Bitonio and Kevin Zeitler have really improved their play as of late. Baltimore's run defense has been an interesting group this season as they started off as one of the worst run defenses in football over the first six weeks allowing 125 yards rushing per game over that timeframe. However, this group has really turned it around over their last five games allowing just 59 yards rushing or 3.0 yards per carry which include last week where they held LeVeon Bell to just 48 yards rushing. The one problem for the Ravens, however, is the number of rushing touchdowns they have allowed recently as they have allowed six rushing touchdowns over their last five games which is the third worst in football. This is a defensive line that is very strong led by Brandon Williams and Michael Pierce so while it is difficult to predict touchdowns, expect a tough road for Isaiah Crowell, but possibly a touchdown in this game.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumLPts
11 vs JAX 24 11 18 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.8
12 at CIN 32 16 95 0 2 1 10 0 0 10.5
13 at LAC 32 10 41 0 1 1 3 0 0 4.4
14 vs GB 36 19 121 0 3 3 10 0 0 13.1
15 vs BAL PROJ-Dodds * 15 * * 2 * * * *
15 vs BAL PROJ-Tremblay * 13 * * 1 * * * *
15 vs BAL PROJ-Bloom * 13 * * 2 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 14 vs GB (19 / 121 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 10 / 0 rec)

Crowell picked up his first 100-yard rushing performance of the season and, more importantly, remained a big part of the game plan in the second half. It helped that the Browns had a rare lead for most of the second half of the game. He got off to a slow start, picking up four yards on his first carry and then getting stuffed on the ensuing touch. In the second quarter, Crowell made a short catch in the flat. It appeared he had room to run but he slipped just short of the line of scrimmage, losing one yard on the play. He picked it up in the third quarter, ripping off an 18-yard gain on a play that was perfectly blocked by his offensive line. Crowell's best play of the game came on that same drive, where he picked up 37 yards on a weaving run, all the way down to the Green Bay six yard line. It looked like he had a chance to score at one point but he seemed to run out of gas before slipping at the six yard line.

2017 Week 13 vs LAC (10 / 41 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 3 / 0 rec)

Crowell had a beautiful matchup against a Chargers run defense that had been struggling this season but he wound up seeing just 10 carries, even though the Chargers were never able to get up more than two scores. As has been the case this season, Crowell's usage was very vanilla. He mostly operated on run plays up the middle. His biggest run of the game came on the first drive where he ripped off a 16-yard gain. He was not emphasized in the passing game, seeing just one target, which he caught for three yards. Crowell only saw four carries in the second half of the game as the team elected to skew pass-heavy.

2017 Week 12 vs CIN (16 / 95 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 10 / 0 rec)

Crowell turned in an excellent performance against the Bengals a week after posting his worst rushing game of the season. The veteran back continually picked up large chunks of yardage when he got the ball. Even though he wasn't able to score a touchdown, Crowell was used heavily in the red zone against the Bengals. Crowell handled five red zone carries in the game but simply could not find the end zone. His fourth quarter carry from the Cincinnati seven-yard line was impressive as he broke a tackle in the backfield to turn a no-gain into a four-yard pickup. His biggest run of the day came on a 27-yard jaunt in the third quarter where he ran through an arm tackle attempt near the line of scrimmage to rumble for a big gain. Crowell certainly played well in the game after his running back coach told the media that he wanted to get the ball to Duke Johnson more often.

2017 Week 11 vs JAX (11 / 18 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

It was a forgettable afternoon for Crowell as he was routinely stuffed at or near the line of scrimmage. His longest run of the day went for five yards and came on the very first play of the game. It was all downhill from there for the fourth-year running back. The windy, snowy weather conditions in Cleveland made this game seem like a perfect chance to feed Crowell early and often but Cleveland simply couldn't get anything going on the ground.

2017 Week 10 vs DET (16 / 90 / 1 rush, 2 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)

Crowell turned in his best statistical performance of the season on Sunday against the Lions. His 90 rushing yards served as a season-high while he managed to find the end zone for the second consecutive game. Crowell remains the Browns' preferred option on running plays in the red zone as he saw four red zone carries against Detroit. He was stuffed on his first two chances, coming in the first and third quarters, before he managed to punch in a four-yard score in the third quarter. On the scoring play, Crowell bounced the handoff outside to the left to beat the defenders to the goal line. Later in the third quarter he saw a carry from Detroit's one-yard line but was stuffed. The Browns have been slower to abandon the run over the past two games, which has led to Crowell's best two performances of the season.

2017 Week 8 vs MIN (11 / 64 / 1 rush, 6 / 4 / 54 / 0 rec)

Crowell finally got untracked against the Vikings, picking up his first touchdown of the season on the second offensive play of the game. He took a handoff on a draw and burst up the middle for a 26-yard score. He was barely touched by the defense on the run. In the second quarter, Crowell picked up 38 yards on a shovel pass from DeShone Kizer. He saw several chances to pick up a second touchdown at the end of that drive, getting two carries from inside the Minnesota six-yard line. He was unable to score, instead seeing Kizer punch the ball in from the one-yard line. Crowell did commit a costly fumble in the beginning of the third quarter, getting stripped by the defender before hitting the ground. Later in the third quarter, Crowell saw another red zone carry from the Minnesota six-yard line and was only able to gain one yard. Two of Crowell's four catches came in succession on the team's second-to-last drive of the game.

2017 Week 7 vs TEN (17 / 35 / 0 rush, 6 / 4 / 36 / 0 rec)

In what has become an ongoing theme, Crowell was bottled up for most of the afternoon. He wasn't done any favors by head coach Hue Jackson's play-calling. Jackson called a run up the middle for Crowell almost every time the Browns had the ball on first-and-10. The Titans were keyed in on this and often brought Crowell down for no-gain or a minimal one. He did salvage his day with his pass-catching, hauling in a season-high four passes, including an impressive 11-yard catch in the second quarter where he broke a few tackles to tack on extra yardage. He saw one red zone carry, picking up one yard on a run from the Tennessee 11-yard line. He later had what looked like a fifth catch but the ball was ruled incomplete after replay confirmed the ball grazed the turf before Crowell was able to make the grab.

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 goes over 100 yards (Sun Dec 10, 07:17 PM) - Cleveland Browns RB Isaiah Crowell rushed 19 times for 121 yards in the Week 14 game against the Green Bay Packers and he added three receptions for 10 yards on his three targets.

Our View: Crowell is still flashing starter talent, which could set the free agent market for his services this offseason. He's still not a great play against the Ravens next week.
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Browns | Isaiah Crowell bottled up in loss (Sun Dec 3, 07:35 PM) - Cleveland Browns RB Isaiah Crowell rushed 10 times for 41 yards in Week 13 against the Los Angeles Chargers and he added one catch for three yards.

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Browns | Week 13 injury report for Browns (Fri Dec 1, 04:59 PM) - Cleveland Browns WR Sammie Coates (ankle, knee) did not participate in practice Friday, Dec. 1, and has been ruled out for Week 13. WR Kenny Britt (knee), RB Isaiah Crowell (shoulder), WR Ricardo Louis (chest, ribs) and S Derron Smith (knee) fully participated in practice and are not on the injury report.

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Browns | Isaiah Crowell not on injury report (Fri Dec 1, 04:47 PM) - Cleveland Browns RB Isaiah Crowell (shoulder) fully participated in practice Friday, Dec. 1, and is not on the injury report for Week 13.

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Browns | Isaiah Crowell limited again (Thu Nov 30, 06:19 PM) - Cleveland Browns RB Isaiah Crowell (shoulder) was limited during practice Thursday, Nov. 30.

Our View: The Chargers defense has been playing well while the Cleveland offense....has not. Crowell has performed really well in three out of the last four games, but he'll struggle against Los Angeles. Start him as a low-end RB3, and if he can overcome the matchup, anything else will be gravy.

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