RB Isaiah Crowell - Cleveland Browns
|5-11, 224||Born: 1-8-1993||College: Alabama State||Drafted: ---|
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Recent Game Summaries
2016 Week 17 vs PIT (19 / 152 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 16 / 0 rec)
Crowell had his best rushing game of the season, perhaps due to the fact Duke Johnson only saw one touch due to an ankle injury. Crowell's first carry came on a fine run as he juked a defender to evade a tackle and finished with a six-yard gain. He followed that up with a 13-yard pickup, showing good vision in hitting the hole. In the second quarter he had a nice burst up the middle, breaking an early tackle attempt before dragging his eventual tackler for a few yards. He did most of his damage in the fourth quarter, taking advantage of some excellent downfield blocking on a sweep left for a 12-yard gain. His best run also came in the fourth quarter as he ripped off a 67-yard gain, down to the Pittsburgh five-yard line. Crowell made a great cut about three yards into the run to avoid Ryan Shazier before rumbling down the field. He eventually appeared to run out of gas as the defense caught up to him at Pittsburgh's five-yard line. Crowell's chance at scoring a touchdown was vultured by backup running back George Atkinson on the next play, while he was catching his breath. Crowell did have a costly fumble on the team's final possession in regulation, losing a fumble on a red zone carry from the Pittsburgh five-yard line. A score at that point of the game would have likely been the game-winner and prevented overtime. In overtime, Crowell saw another red zone carry, but was stuffed at the Pittsburgh nine-yard line.
2016 Week 16 vs SD (16 / 54 / 2 rush, 5 / 4 / 4 / 0 rec)
Crowell had a big game, scoring both of the Browns' touchdowns. He ran hard, like usual, and benefitted from some great blocking, especially from the right side of Cleveland's offensive line. The game started off slowly for Crowell as he lost four yards on a dump off and was then stuffed on his first carry of the game. He bounced back to score on an eight-yard touchdown run for Cleveland's first points of the game. The run went to the right side where he got great blocks from Gary Barnidge, Jonathan Cooper, and Austin Pasztor, and a great lead block from his fullback, Danny Vitale. Crowell was barely touched on the run for the easy score. On the Browns' second possession Crowell again benefitted from great blocking, ripping off a 14-yard run before scoring again on a four-yard rush. This time one defender got a hand on Crowell's shirt, but he was basically untouched again. In the third quarter, Crowell could have had a huge gain as he shot up the right side of the field on a carry. He was unable to maintain his balance along the sideline, however, and was ruled out after a 10-yard gain. He saw one last red zone carry in the third quarter but was stuffed by the Chargers.
2016 Week 15 vs BUF (8 / 28 / 0 rush, 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Crowell was an afterthought in this game. A week after reaching 100 yards on the ground, he saw just eight carries. He was stuffed for little or no gain on almost all of his totes against Buffalo. His first carry of the game went for a 12 yard gain, but it was nullified by a holding penalty. His best run of the game came on the team's second drive. He took the ball on a sweep and simply outran two Buffalo defenders to the edge for a 25-yard gain. Crowell later saw a red zone carry on that same drive, but was met in the backfield by several defenders and was stuffed. In the third quarter he had what looked like an easy reception on a screen pass, but he dropped the ball. Crowell was outplayed by backfield mate Duke Johnson in this game.
2016 Week 14 vs CIN (10 / 113 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)
Crowell benefitted the most from the return of Robert Griffin, ripping off several big gains and reaching 100 rushing yards for the first time since Week 4. Most of Crowell's big plays came on delayed handoffs or on read-option plays. It was evident that the threat of Griffin running gave Crowell some extra room to work with. Crowell had a nice 19-yard burst up the middle in the second quarter, but did most of his damage in the second half. He did drop a short pass in the third quarter, but followed that play up with a huge 42-yard rush on a delayed handoff up the middle. He had a great cut back about ten yards into the run to evade the first defender and turn what would have been a moderate gain into a big one. He saw a goal line carry from Cincinnati's two yard line, but was stuffed for a one-yard gain. Robert Griffin scored a rushing touchdown on the next play. On the ensuing drive, which resulted in a field goal, Crowell had another big play, picking up 30 yards on a carry on a third-and-one. In the fourth quarter, Crowell earned another red zone carry, but lost a yard. His only catch of the game went for five yards. It could have been a bigger play, but linebacker Karlos Dansby grabbed hold of Crowell's foot and dragged him down.
2016 Week 12 vs NYG (16 / 44 / 0 rush, 7 / 6 / 47 / 0 rec)
Crowell, and the Browns, struggled on the ground yet again in this game. While Crowell has not been able to get going on the ground lately, he has been seeing his usage as a receiver trend upwards over the past few games. This usage in the passing game has helped keep Crowell involved and also allows him to show how talented he can be in the open field. Crowell broke several tackles against the Giants as he was consistently making the first man miss when he got the ball in space. He did have an extremely costly fumble in the second quarter which led to the Giants' first touchdown of the afternoon. He simply didn't have a good grip on the ball as it squirted out as he was being tackled from behind. He did see a few red zone chances, catching a short pass inside the Giants' 20-yard line and breaking a tackle to pick up a first down. He later saw a carry on second-and-goal from the four, but was stuffed by two defenders after maybe a yard. His best play of the game came in the third quarter where he caught a pass, stiff-armed a defender, and proceeded to run right over that defender on his way to a six-yard gain.
2016 Week 11 vs PIT (8 / 10 / 0 rush, 5 / 5 / 13 / 0 rec)
Crowell struggled on the ground yet again. He simply isn't getting much to work with as it seems like every week there are defenders waiting to hit him in the backfield as soon as he gets the ball. He took a handoff on the first play of the game and was promptly dropped for a two-yard loss. Crowell saw a carry on first-and-goal during the third quarter but was stuffed for a two-yard loss. He looked indecisive on that carry and it appeared he had a crease to the left side of the line, but he didn't see that. Crowell did see two straight red zone targets in the fourth quarter, catching both. The first went for a four-yard gain while the second resulted in a three-yard loss.
2016 Week 10 vs BAL (9 / 23 / 0 rush, 5 / 3 / 30 / 0 rec)
This was the second straight week where Crowell did more damage in the passing game than he did on the ground. A rushing game that was a strength of the team earlier in the season has become extremely ineffective over the past month of the season. Crowell was stuffed on several carries by the tough Ravens run defense. His longest tote went for nine yards. He made three catches in the game, with his first coming with him lined up wide left. He came back to the ball on a Cody Kessler scramble and wound up with a 20-yard gain. He did have a drop in the third quarter where it appeared he tried to look upfield before making the catch. He was wide open on the play.
2016 Week 9 vs DAL (6 / 4 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 63 / 0 rec)
Crowell turned in his worst game of the year on the ground, carrying just six times and finishing with just four yards. He did more damage in the passing game as he led the team in receiving yards. His biggest play of the game came on the team's first drive where he caught a short pass and turned it into a 44-yard gain. He broke through an arm tackle on the run and it took two defenders to bring him down. The play was somewhat fluky as the Browns lined up in an unorthodox manner on the play. There were only three linemen in front of quarterback Cody Kessler with Crowell to the left of them. It appeared that Dallas was unsure how to cover the play, which left Crowell wide open. Later, he did see a red zone carry from about 15 yards out, but picked up just two yards.
2016 Week 8 vs NYJ (11 / 29 / 1 rush, 2 / 2 / 34 / 0 rec)
Crowell, predictably, found it tough to get going against a stout Jets run defense, but having Josh McCown back under center gave him several scoring opportunities. Several of his carries went for little to no gain, although Crowell was busy in the red zone. In the first quarter he saw a red zone carry on 1st-and-goal from the nine yard line. He took the carry up the middle for four yards. He did score a one-yard touchdown in the second quarter after Gary Barnidge drew a pass interference penalty in the end zone. Crowell's best run came in the third quarter on an 11-yard burst. He showed great patience behind his offensive line before bouncing the run outside to the left, breaking a tackle along the way. Crowell came really close to scoring a second time on a receiving touchdown, bringing a Josh McCown pass down to the two yard line. He saw a carry on the very next play, but was stuffed well short of the end zone.
2016 Week 7 vs CIN (12 / 63 / 1 rush, 4 / 3 / 16 / 0 rec)
Crowell bounced back from two slow outings to turn in a productive game. He showed great vision on a cutback in a first quarter run, rolling up 21 yards. He followed that play up with a 10-yard reception where he caught a screen and spun to make a defender miss in the backfield before turning upfield for a first down. Crowell saw several red zone carries in this game, running hard up the middle in the second quarter and picking up eight yards, all the way to Cincinnati's six yard line. On the following possession, Crowell saw three red zone carries. He lost his footing on the first one, losing three yards. Soon thereafter, Cody Kessler was knocked from the game. The Browns then gave Crowell two straight carries from inside the Bengals' four yard line. Crowell was able to punch in the second one for a one-yard score. As has been the case several times this season, Cleveland got away from using Crowell in the second half of the game.
2016 Week 6 vs TEN (9 / 16 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 20 / 0 rec)
The Browns were unable to get much going on the ground for Crowell for the second straight week. Crowell was stuffed for little or no gain on several of his runs as teams have been keying in on stopping him now. Crowell is still excellent in the open field if he can get some space to operate, showing elusiveness and tackle-breaking ability. He was able to show those skills on a few receptions against the Titans as he made the first tackler miss on two separate occasions following catches. His best run of the day was an 11-yard burst off the left side of the line where he broke a tackle before going down. He did see a red zone carry with :48 seconds remaining in the game, but later lost a goal line carry to fellow running back Duke Johnson.
2016 Week 5 vs NE (13 / 22 / 0 rush, 3 / 1 / 18 / 0 rec)
The Patriots made it a point to take Crowell out of the game and that was exactly what they did. Crowell struggled to get any room to run, often being swarmed by several defenders near the line of scrimmage. He didn't help his day with a drop on a pass that was a bit high. Even though the pass was elevated, It looked like he could have caught it. His best run of the game came in the third quarter where he picked up six yards and dove forward for a first down.
2016 Week 4 vs WAS (16 / 120 / 1 rush, 4 / 3 / 22 / 0 rec)
Crowell had a terrific game. It seemed like almost every time he touched the ball he was bouncing off tacklers and ripping off 15 (or more) yard runs. Crowell ran hard and looked as explosive as he's ever looked for the Browns while proving to be tough for defenders to bring down. Crowell came really close to breaking off huge plays on a few occasions in this game. On his second carry of the afternoon, he blasted up the middle and was a shoestring tackle away from breaking off a huge gain. He saw the majority of the team's red zone work, getting two yards on a carry on first-and-goal before punching in a short rushing touchdown. Crowell would not be denied on his touchdown, fighting through tackle attempts to cross the goal line. In the third, Crowell caught a pass for nine yards, but it would have been much more had he not slipped trying to make a cut. Perhaps Crowell's best play of the game came on a 14-yard catch in the third quarter where he broke at least three tackles before being run out of bounds.
2016 Week 3 vs MIA (15 / 79 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Crowell, strangely, was hardly used in the first quarter as the Browns made a concerted effort to get Duke Johnson involved early. Crowell was used more extensively after the first quarter. He benefitted from some good blocks on a few of his runs including a great one from fullback Malcolm Johnson in the second quarter to spring him for extra yardage. The Browns did not provide him any goal line opportunities although he did see a red zone carry from the 14-yard line which went for three yards. Crowell looks as explosive as ever and continues to run hard for the Browns when they call his number.
2016 Week 2 vs BAL (18 / 133 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 15 / 0 rec)
Crowell had the play of the day for the Browns as he scored an 85-yard touchdown on the first play of the Browns' second drive. He had a huge hole to run through which was opened up by Joe Thomas and Joel Bitonio. Crowell powered through an arm tackle on the way to the score in what was the second-longest rushing touchdown in team history. He had a 12-yard reception wiped off the book by a pass interference call against Terrelle Pryor. The Browns abandoned the run in the second half of the game, attempting just nine rushes, with most of them getting snuffed out by the Ravens.
2016 Week 1 vs PHI (12 / 62 / 1 rush, 2 / 2 / 16 / 0 rec)
Crowell ran with good burst and generally picked up what was in front of him. He handled the bulk of the team's first and second down carries including three red zone carries. He was stuffed on two of his red zone touches, but he did punch in a one-yard score. On the touchdown he bounced the run outside to the left and beat the defender to the pylon, utilizing a great lead block from fullback Malcolm Johnson.
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