RB Duke Johnson - Cleveland Browns
|5-9, 207||Born: 9-23-1993||College: Miami||Drafted: Round 3|
Week 15: vs Baltimore Ravens
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
Recent Game Summaries
2017 Week 14 vs GB (6 / 8 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 41 / 1 rec)
For the second straight week, Johnson struggled to get anything going on the ground. He was routinely brought down at or around the line of scrimmage on his runs. Fortunately, he was able to do plenty of damage in the passing game. He scored a touchdown on a seven-yard shovel pass from DeShone Kizer in the second quarter. It was a well-designed play as Kizer faked the handoff to Isaiah Crowell before flipping the ball to Johnson, who had little trouble reaching the end zone. Later in the second quarter, Johnson got matched up with a linebacker on a pass route in a mismatch. He made the short catch and easily gained 18 yards. In the third quarter, he came close to picking up a second touchdown. He took a red zone carry at the Green Bay six, picking up four yards. An ankle tackle from behind appeared to have prevented him from reaching the end zone on that play.
2017 Week 13 vs LAC (7 / 2 / 0 rush, 4 / 2 / 10 / 0 rec)
Johnson turned in his slowest game of the season, totaling just 12 yards on nine touches. He simply couldn't find much space to operate, with the Chargers often bringing him down at or around the line of scrimmage. He was stuffed for negative yardage at least twice, including once on 4th-and-1. Johnson did see a fourth quarter red zone carry but it was nullified by an offensive holding call against Corey Coleman. Better days are ahead for Johnson but it is concerning that he may become more marginalized on offense with Josh Gordon back.
2017 Week 12 vs CIN (6 / 35 / 0 rush, 5 / 4 / 32 / 0 rec)
In the week leading up to this game, Johnson's running back coach told the media that he wanted to get the ball into Johnson's hands more often. That didn't come to fruition as Johnson's usage was about on par with what it has been throughout the season. The third-year back finished the game with 10 touches. He reversed field on his first carry, switching from right to left to pick up 12 yards. Johnson lagged behind fellow running back Isaiah Crowell in red zone opportunities, seeing just one to Crowell's five. In his lone red zone touch, Johnson caught a six-yard pass at the Cincinnati 15-yard line.
2017 Week 11 vs JAX (2 / 10 / 0 rush, 6 / 4 / 56 / 1 rec)
Johnson was one of the few bright spots for a Browns offense that simply couldn't get much going against an exceptional Jacksonville defense. While he was hardly used in the running game, Johnson made his mark in the Cleveland passing attack. His 27-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter was Cleveland's only score of the game. On the play, he motioned out of the backfield over to the slot. He caught a perfectly-thrown pass near the end zone and was able to squeeze between two defenders for the score. Later, in the fourth quarter, Johnson tacked on a 21-yard reception. The play would have gone for little to no gain but Johnson was able to juke the first defender for an evaded tackle before racing down the sideline for a big gain.
2017 Week 10 vs DET (10 / 54 / 0 rush, 6 / 6 / 34 / 0 rec)
Johnson set season highs in carries (10) and total touches (16) against the Lions on Sunday. When he got the ball, he was his typical slippery self as he managed to elude tackles throughout the afternoon. Johnson continues to serve as one of the better pass-catching running backs in the league. It was only one week but if the coaching staff starts to commit to getting him the ball like they did against Detroit, he could emerge as a major offensive factor down the stretch.
2017 Week 8 vs MIN (6 / 33 / 0 rush, 5 / 4 / 10 / 0 rec)
Johnson struggled to find much room to operate against a tough Vikings defense. While he saw 10 touches, Johnson was only able to muster 43 all-purpose yards. Many times the swarming Vikings defense was ready to bring him down as soon as he got the ball. His first touch of the game appeared to be a catch but it was later ruled a lateral, resulting in a seven-yard rush. Perhaps Johnson's biggest contribution was drawing a 15-yard facemask penalty following a short catch in the third quarter. Johnson left the game during the fourth quarter after suffering a head injury. He did not return to action but he later cleared the league's concussion protocol.
2017 Week 7 vs TEN (7 / 26 / 0 rush, 7 / 6 / 45 / 0 rec)
Johnson almost single-handedly willed the Browns into overtime against the Titans in Week 7. The third-year back was once again Cleveland's top offensive threat. He showed nice burst when he got the ball and continued to break tackles at a high rate. He did have a rare drop on a short route to the left during the second quarter and later had a 10-yard catch nullified by an offensive pass interference call. Late in the fourth quarter, Johnson had a huge 14-yard catch on fourth-and-seven to help put the Browns in position to kick the game-tying field goal to send the game into overtime.
2017 Week 6 vs HOU (5 / 40 / 0 rush, 5 / 3 / -1 / 0 rec)
For the first time in several weeks, Johnson failed to make much of an impact on offense for the Browns. He saw just six touches, with three of his carries coming on consecutive plays in the second quarter when starter Isaiah Crowell needed a breather. He did appear to have a step on Texans rookie linebacker Dylan Cole in the second quarter but Kevin Hogan floated the pass and Cole was able to intercept the underthrown ball. Johnson also drew a pass interference penalty on a short crossing route in the second quarter. He notched two solid runs in the second half, ripping off gains of 15 and 14 yards. With the Browns unlikely to be very competitive in many of the remaining games, Johnson remains the better running back play in Cleveland's backfield as he should see plenty of time on the field with his team in catch-up mode.
2017 Week 5 vs NYJ (6 / 20 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 63 / 1 rec)
Johnson scored in his third straight game, this time on an impressive 41-yard catch-and run on the team's final offensive play of the game. He caught the ball near the line of scrimmage and was able to weave his way through New York's defense before breaking a few tackles near the end zone. Even with the score, Johnson could have had a bigger game on Sunday. He had a 20-yard reception nullified by an offensive holding penalty. He also badly burned the linebacker covering him in the second quarter but quarterback DeShone Kizer overthrew him. Johnson could have had a touchdown on the play had Kizer thrown the ball on target. Johnson continues to be the team's best offensive player when he gets the ball. The Browns coaches have been hesitant to give him a full workload, however, perhaps in attempts to keep him healthy.
2017 Week 4 vs CIN (4 / 13 / 1 rush, 10 / 9 / 47 / 0 rec)
Johnson was the Browns' best offensive player yet again and was one of the few bright spots for the team. Johnson did plenty of damage against the Bengals, although a lot of it came during garbage time. He caught three passes on the team's final drive of the first half with the Bengals sitting in prevent defense. Johnson's one-yard touchdown run came on the final drive of the game when things were already out of hand. He got two shots at the score, getting stuffed for no gain on the first carry before reaching the end zone two plays later. With the Browns playing from behind with regularity, Johnson has clearly become the better fantasy option over Isaiah Crowell.
2017 Week 3 vs IND (2 / 23 / 1 rush, 7 / 6 / 81 / 0 rec)
Johnson was the Browns' best offensive player in Week 3 against the Colts. He continually ripped off big gains for his team, breaking tackles and eluding defenders for extra yardage. He had a great 19-yard touchdown run in the second quarter in which he broke two tackles before diving for the left pylon for the score. Later in the second quarter Johnson broke a few more tackles en route to an eight-yard reception. He limped off the field after the play but returned after halftime. It appeared he may have had his ankle or foot bent awkwardly during the tackle. Johnson significantly out-snapped Isaiah Crowell in the second half and was one of the main reasons the Browns were able to move the ball better after halftime. In the fourth quarter Johnson checked out of the game again after a 16-yard catch. Johnson certainly made his case to see more touches going forward, although the coaching staff has appeared hesitant to make that happen thus far.
2017 Week 2 vs BAL (4 / 21 / 0 rush, 6 / 3 / 59 / 0 rec)
Johnson received four carries after not seeing any during Week 1. He looked good on his first touch of the game, a screen pass, in which he slipped several tackles en route to a 19-yard pickup. He did have a ball go off his hands and right into a Baltimore defender's for an interception in the first quarter. Johnson made an impressive one-handed catch in the third quarter in which he was falling backward and had to switch direction for a 34-yard gain. In the fourth quarter, Johnson almost scored a touchdown. He took a delayed handoff at Baltimore's 19 yard line and the ball appeared to cross the goal line but he was ruled out at the three-yard line.
2017 Week 1 vs PIT (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 5 / 2 / 20 / 0 rec)
The Browns talked about using Johnson in the slot and as a receiver more this season and they did just that on Sunday. Johnson didn't receive a carry, although he did see five targets in the passing game. He got free against the Pittsburgh defense twice, but was overthrown by DeShone Kizer on both instances. He could have had a big game had Kizer been able to find him on at least one of those. He did limp off the field at one point in the third quarter, but returned soon after.
Latest NewsBrowns | Duke Johnson totals 10 touches (Sun Dec 10, 07:20 PM) - Cleveland Browns RB Duke Johnson rushed six times for eight yards in Week 14 against the Green Bay Packers and he added four grabs for 41 yards and a score. link to story Browns | Duke Johnson goes nowhere in loss (Sun Dec 3, 07:36 PM) - Cleveland Browns RB Duke Johnson posted seven rushes for just two yards in Week 13 against the Los Angeles Chargers and he added two grabs for 10 yards on four targets. link to story
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