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RB Duke Johnson - Cleveland Browns

5-9, 207Born: 9-23-1993College: MiamiDrafted: Round 3

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Week 7: vs Tennessee Titans

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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

3 at IND 40 2 23 1 7 6 81 0 0 16.4
4 vs CIN 36 4 13 1 10 9 47 0 0 12
5 vs NYJ 40 6 20 0 3 3 63 1 0 14.3
6 at HOU 30 5 40 0 5 3 -1 0 0 3.9
7 vs TEN PROJ-Dodds * 5 * * 4 * * * *
7 vs TEN PROJ-Tremblay * 4 * * 4 * * * *
7 vs TEN PROJ-Bloom * 5 * * 4 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

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 News

Browns | Duke Johnson totals eight touches (Sun Oct 15, 05:39 PM) - Cleveland Browns RB Duke Johnson rushed five times for 40 yards in Week 6 against the Houston Texans while added three receptions for minus-1 yard.

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Browns | Duke Johnson plays well (Sun Oct 8, 04:46 PM) - Cleveland Browns RB Duke Johnson caught three passes for 63 yards and one touchdown against the New York Jets in Week 5. He also rushed for 20 yards on six carries during the game.

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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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