RB Marquez Williams - Cleveland Browns
|5-10, 275||Born: 0-0-0000||College: Miami (Fla.)||Drafted: Round 7, pick 2017 |
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Week 3: vs New York Jets
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FBG says: Tough matchup. The rebuilt Cleveland running game has yet to truly frighten anyone through two weeks. Carlos Hyde leads the way but appears to be running in quicksand, posting just 108 yards on his 38 carries (2.84 per) to open the year. The line play has been subpar, with both new tackles struggling early on. But Hyde isn't showing any of the power or shiftiness he has shown in college and in his early career. Rookie Nick Chubb, whose 5 runs have gone for 17, 5, -1, 8, and 6 yards, should start working his way into the offense at some point. Chubb is a more decisive runner than Hyde, and may be less blocking-dependent - he likely won't be bottled up as easily. Receiving back Duke Johnson has very little run-game role, but that could change if Hyde can't get off the ground. Quarterback Tyrod Taylor remains the wild card here. When his offenses utilize his explosiveness with called runs into space, he adds an element that's difficult for opponents to track. But when he's kept on a leash, this is a predictable attack that hasn't shown much creativity or ability to overcome its blocking woes.
The Jets run defense is a stout unit, but one that relies almost entirely on the play of lineman Leonard Williams. Williams is a true terror, moving around the line to create mismatches and snuff out runs. When he's dominating, he opens up pursuit lanes for linebackers Avery Williamson and Darron Lee, both underrated tacklers in space. But the line is missing at least one more quality space-eater, a lack that was on display last week as the Dolphins' mediocre front blew them off the ball. Kenyan Drake saw numerous holes throughout the game, creating chunk runs that extended drives and exhausted the unit as a whole. Runners don't have an easy time against these Jets - dating back to last year they've posted shutdown games against the likes of Alvin Kamara, Mark Ingram, Kareem Hunt, Leonard Fournette, and LeSean McCoy. But without a pure nose tackle, this isn't a unit to explicitly avoid.
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