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RB Duke Johnson - Cleveland Browns

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

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2016 Week 17 vs PIT (1 / 4 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Johnson came into this game dealing with an ankle injury that he suffered in Week 16 against the Chargers. As a result, he saw just one carry for four yards and was not heard from again.

2016 Week 16 vs SD (7 / 28 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 21 / 0 rec)

Johnson saw the Browns' first red zone touch, picking up three yards from San Diego's 18. In the second quarter he picked up 17 yards after an electric catch-and-run. He made a jump cut almost instantly after making the catch, avoiding two Chargers defenders to tack on some extra yardage. In the third quarter, Johnson had a 22-yard rush which brought the Browns down to San Diego's eight yard line. In the fourth quarter, Johnson appeared to injure his ankle following a run. He was on the ground for a minute or so before later being seen having his left ankle tended to on the sideline. He was able to return to action on the ensuing drive.

2016 Week 15 vs BUF (5 / 31 / 0 rush, 7 / 5 / 62 / 0 rec)

Johnson outplayed his backfield mate Isaiah Crowell in this game. He finished as the Browns' leading receiver in the game and was one of the team's top options when it came to moving the ball. Johnson's first catch of the game came on the team's second drive. He lined up on the right as a wide receiver and took a short pass for a first down. He later saw a red zone carry on the same drive, getting the handoff on 2nd-and-3 from the Buffalo ten-yard line. He was held out of the end zone on the play, but he picked up the first down, bringing the ball down to the five-yard line. He had a chance at a long reception in the second quarter as he had a step on his defender. Robert Griffin III recognized this and lobbed a pass toward Johnson, but it was broken up at the last second. Johnson thought he was interfered with on the pass, but no penalty flags were thrown. The play would have gone for a long gain if Johnson had been able to make the catch. Johnson's final stat line was padded by two catches in hurry-up mode at the end of the first half and two catches on the team's final drive where the Bills were conceding underneath passes.

2016 Week 14 vs CIN (4 / 24 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 21 / 0 rec)

Johnson, in what has become a trend this season, was lightly used. The second-year back did make the most of his touches, however. He actually saw the first carry of the game, picking up two yards. Later on the same drive he had an eight-yard run nullified by a holding penalty. Johnson was then quiet until he ripped off a 21-yard reception in the third quarter. On the reception, Johnson had a great cut back which allowed him to get around Karlos Dansby and pick up additional yardage. In the fourth quarter, Johnson had a 22-yard run. He broke a tackle at the line of scrimmage and then got some great downfield blocking. Johnson finished his day with a drop on the team's final drive of the game.

2016 Week 12 vs NYG (5 / 14 / 0 rush, 5 / 3 / 26 / 0 rec)

In a rare chance for Johnson, he attempted a pass in this game on a flea flicker. He targeted Terrelle Pryor deep down the right sideline, but overthrew Pryor by at least ten yards. Johnson saw several touches in the red zone, including a catch and two rare carries inside New York's 20-yard line. He was unable to score on any of the touches, but the usage was encouraging.

2016 Week 11 vs PIT (2 / 10 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 46 / 0 rec)

Johnson didn't see his first touch until the second quarter when he took a carry and slashed through the right side of the line for a 12-yard gain. He did most of his damage through the air on the first drive of the third quarter. He hauled in two consecutive passes with the second one going for a 20-yard pickup. Johnson did have a fumble in the fourth quarter, but it was nullified by a roughing the passer penalty.

2016 Week 10 vs BAL (2 / 6 / 0 rush, 5 / 3 / 25 / 0 rec)

Johnson didn't see a touch until the third quarter with most of his work coming on the Browns' fourth drive in the second half. He did most of his damage in the passing game on simple screens out of the backfield. His best play came on a screen to the left where he broke three tackles on his way to a 15-yard pickup.

2016 Week 9 vs DAL (5 / 30 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 16 / 0 rec)

In a rare turn of events, Johnson was more productive on the ground than in the air against Dallas. He only caught two passes in the game, but he did run well. His best run came on a play designed to go to the left, but Johnson took advantage of an over-pursuing Dallas defense and cut back to the right for an eight-yard pickup. Johnson only saw one touch in the second half as the whole offense bogged down.

2016 Week 8 vs NYJ (4 / 29 / 0 rush, 8 / 6 / 87 / 0 rec)

Johnson turned in a fine performance, breaking several tackles and looking especially elusive in the open field. He looked like he was going down for a loss on his first catch of the afternoon, but he stiff-armed the defender and broke free to turn a loss into a two-yard gain. Johnson really shined toward the end of the first half. He had a 32-yard reception followed by a solid run on a draw play to set the Browns up for a field goal. In the fourth quarter he put a fantastic juke on a defender to pick up a first down on 3rd-and-10. It appeared having Josh McCown back was beneficial to Johnson as he was more involved in the passing game than he had been as of late, tying season highs in targets and receptions.

2016 Week 7 vs CIN (6 / 15 / 0 rush, 5 / 4 / 18 / 0 rec)

Johnson couldn't get much going against the Bengals. His longest rush went for five yards. He did see one red zone carry on a third-and-two from Cincinnati's six yard line, but was unable to pick up the first down, gaining just one yard. He did make an excellent one-handed grab in the first quarter which he took for 13 yards and a first down, juking a few defenders on the way.

2016 Week 6 vs TEN (4 / 18 / 1 rush, 6 / 4 / 56 / 0 rec)

Johnson bounced back from a slow game in Week 5, scoring his first touchdown of the season on a one-yard goal line plunge at the end of the game. He also drew a long pass interference penalty in the first quarter on a play that saw him lined up out wide. He had a step on Jason McCourty and the cornerback bodied him as the pass was in the air. The pass was well-throw and Johnson likely would have hauled it in for at least a 31-yard pickup had he not been interfered with.

2016 Week 5 vs NE (4 / 1 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 21 / 0 rec)

Johnson had a game to forget, getting nothing done on the ground and barely making an impact through the air. The Patriots were clearly loading up to stop the Browns' ground game and it left very little room for Johnson to operate. His only two catches came at the end of the second quarter, with his 15-yard gain coming with just 12 seconds left in the half and the Patriots in prevent mode. Johnson had a pass go off his gloves and into a defender's hands for an interception in the third quarter. The pass was slightly behind him, but the ball appeared catchable.

2016 Week 4 vs WAS (8 / 45 / 0 rush, 8 / 6 / 31 / 0 rec)

Johnson had an interesting game. The second-year back ran well and was active in the passing game, even though two of his catches came on the team's final drive with Washington in prevent defense. Johnson's first touch of the game came with him taking a wild cat snap on a play that went nowhere. He saw a red zone target in the second quarter after lining up split out wide, but he was unable to corral the target after getting hit hard by a defender. He was removed from the game in the third quarter to be checked for a concussion, but he passed all tests and was able to return to the action. With around nine minutes left in the game, Johnson fumbled and the ball was awarded to Washington. It was a strange play as Johnson stood up holding the ball in the air after the play, but the officials insisted it was Washington's football. Johnson and some other Browns players were still angry about the call after the game.

2016 Week 3 vs MIA (10 / 69 / 0 rush, 7 / 5 / 12 / 0 rec)

After two straight weeks of light usage, it was evident that the Browns coaches wanted to get Johnson involved early. Johnson finished the game with 15 touches, eclipsing his previous two games combined. As usual, Johnson showed a blend of elusiveness and power, juking a defender on a second quarter carry before spinning to pick up extra yards. He saw a rare red zone carry in the third quarter from Miami's 17, but only picked up two yards. Perhaps his best play came in the fourth quarter where he showed great fight to pick up a first down on third-and-one on a reception.

2016 Week 2 vs BAL (3 / 12 / 0 rush, 5 / 4 / 44 / 0 rec)

Johnson was used sparingly for a second straight game as he saw just seven touches, with two of his four catches coming on the Browns' final drive of the game while the Ravens were giving Cleveland the underneath routes. Johnson's first catch came with him split out wide. It wasn't an easy one as Johnson was closely covered by Jimmy Smith, but Johnson was able to outmuscle Smith for the ball.

2016 Week 1 vs PHI (3 / 22 / 0 rush, 5 / 3 / 28 / 0 rec)

Johnson saw just three carries, picking up 22 yards. Two of those carries came on draws on third-and-long. At least for this game, the Browns didn't utilize Johnson much in the running game. He did his typical solid work in the passing game, picking up a couple big first downs for the Browns. He also saw a red zone target in which he drew a pass interference penalty which led to the Isaiah Crowell one-yard touchdown run.


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