RB Isaiah Crowell - Free Agent
|5-11, 224||Born: 1-8-1993||College: Alabama State||Drafted: ---|
2018 Week 1 vs DET (10 / 102 / 2 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Crowell didn't get the start but looked very good in his first regular season game with the Jets. He finished off a critical drive in the first quarter with a 6-yard touchdown run and put the final nail in the Lions' coffin with a late 62-yard score to finish off a 31 point third quarter. On that play, Crowell took the handoff and went right, finding a big hole opened by the Jets offensive line, which played very well Monday night. Crowell ran for the sideline, then followed it to the end zone, out-running the Lions defenders trying to catch him. On the first touchdown, Crowell showed determination and toughness in fighting his way and then stretching for the goal line while being tackled. It's clear Bilal Powell will get plenty of carries -- he actually had 12 to Crowell's 10 -- it certainly looks like Crowell will be a very effective runner when in the game.
2018 Week 2 vs MIA (12 / 35 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 4 / 0 rec)
The backfield continues to split carries and as such, production for the position continues to be shaky. Not that it mattered on a day when the offensive line was being battered by the Dolphins defensive front and Crowell found himself hit at or behind the line of scrimmage too often. With the receivers dropping passes, the Dolphins stacked the box regularly, making it even harder for Crowell to gain positive yards.
2018 Week 3 vs CLE (16 / 34 / 2 rush, 3 / 2 / 17 / 0 rec)
Crowell had a tough time finding room to run during Thursday night's game, but made up for it with a pair of touchdowns, which he then marred with an idiotic celebration on the second, drawing a penalty. His first touchdown was a nice run outside along the left side of the formation. Quarterback Sam Darnold sold that he was going to keep the ball and a combination of solid blocking by the receivers and defensive players crashing too hard into the backfield left him with nobody between him and the end zone. His second touchdown was the result of more good blocking, including from backup center Jonotthan Harrison, who lined up in the backfield as a fullback and helped open up a fat running lane into the end zone. Crowell saw more carries than Bilal Powell, though did less with them, and was targeted three times to Powell's one, catching two.
2018 Week 4 vs JAX (4 / 0 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 3 / 0 rec)
Crowell's most impactful play was also a completely negative one -- though not really his fault. Backed up on their goal line in the early part of the third quarter, the Jets called a run play -- what appeared to be a simple dive -- to get a little breathing room for the offense. But on the play, left guard James Carpenter chipped in to assist center Spencer Long and then stepped up to take on a linebacker, while left tackle Kelvin Beachem for some reason stepped left and had to reach back to try and slow Campbell down. Finally, tight end Eric Tomlinson was clearly supposed to block someone on the outside but why he didn't change course when Campbell was clearly unimpeded is a mystery for the ages.
2018 Week 5 vs DEN (15 / 219 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 12 / 0 rec)
It was a record-setting day for Isaiah Crowell against the Denver Broncos, as the running back set not only a career best but a franchise best as well. Crowell, who credited his offensive line with the big day, averaged 14.6 yards per carry and benefitted from some massive holes. Not only was he good between the tackles, but Crowell showed speed and athleticism getting to the edge and turning upfield. It was on one of those plays that Crowell broke for his 77-yard touchdown run. On the play, Crowell bounced outside and then made a defender miss as he turned upfield. He cut inside, making another defender grab air, before turning on the afterburners and, with a key block, cruised for an "easy' score. Not long after, Crowell was hit in the backfield by a Broncos defender, but kept his feet moving and slipped the tackle, gaining a first down with the second effort.
2018 Week 6 vs IND (13 / 40 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 12 / 0 rec)
A week after a franchise record-setting day and nursing an ankle injury, Crowell took a bit of a back seat to Bilal Powell. Crowell's plays often took him around the edge or off-tackle, and there wasn't much room there for him, but he did have a nice run late in the third quarter where he broke through the middle of the line and bulled his way to a 21-yard gain. It's unclear how much he was hampered by his ankle issue, or what the long-term diagnosis is going forward.
2018 Week 7 vs MIN (11 / 29 / 0 rush, 3 / 1 / 21 / 0 rec)
The Vikings were in no way letting the ground game beat them, and it didn't help the Jets that Crowell was playing with a bad ankle. The Jets couldn't lighten his load though, as Bilal Powell went down with a neck injury, and he was ineffective in the carries he got before the team abandoned the run.
2018 Week 8 vs CHI (13 / 25 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 13 / 0 rec)
You wouldn't fault Isaiah Crowell if he missed Cleveland, and a much better offensive line these days. There wasn't much room for Crowell to run, and he was often hit behind the line of scrimmage. The second half saw very little work for him, as the Jets fell behind 14-3 and the team chose to move away from running the ball.
2018 Week 9 vs MIA (13 / 49 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 11 / 0 rec)
Crowell struggled to get any rhythm going, and had a hard time getting open running lanes behind a struggling offensive line. The Dolphins aren't run-stopping juggernauts, but they seemed to have a field day with the Jets offensive line, and were constantly able to hamper Crowell's efforts. This was exacerbated by quarterback Sam Darnold's issues, as the defense was able to stack the box without fear the young quarterback would beat them.
2018 Week 10 vs BUF (7 / 19 / 1 rush, 2 / 2 / 18 / 0 rec)
Crowell had no more luck than anyone else behind this offensive line, and in fact struggled more than Elijah McGuire, who seems to be able to create more without the help of a line. Crowell did have a score in garbage time, a five yard run which featured a little agility.
2018 Week 12 vs NE (6 / 30 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 30 / 0 rec)
Crowell saw the field less than Elijah McGuire, but caught the ball more for more yards. The Jets, while not trailing by an enormous amount until the fourth quarter, rarely ran the ball even though Crowell was averaging 5 yards a carry.
2018 Week 13 vs TEN (21 / 98 / 0 rush, 5 / 4 / 9 / 0 rec)
While Crowell had his best day since the Week 5 drubbing he delivered to Denver, his efforts weren't enough to salt away the game for the Jets in the fourth quarter. Crowell carried the ball once on the Jets' first drive of the fourth and then didn't see a touch at all in the next series, while the Titans pulled to within a field goal. On the next drive he only got one touch, with the Jets calling a pair of pass plays to no avail, forcing them to punt. During the next drive, Crowell gained 13 yards on three carries before getting replaced by Trenton Cannon on 3rd and 5. Cannon didn't gain any yards and the Jets were forced to punt. Overall, Crowell looked good behind an offensive line which had issues opening holes and in an offense which is so short-yardage focused that it begs the defense to crowd the line of scrimmage.
2018 Week 14 vs BUF (2 / 5 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 2 / 0 rec)
Crowell was forced out of the game early with a foot injury, and it is unknown if it will result in more missed time for him going forward.
2017 Week 1 vs PIT (17 / 33 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 33 / 0 rec)
Crowell's best series came on the first drive of the game. He broke a few five-yard runs, although the second one was nullified by offensive holding. After that, Crowell starting having trouble finding room to operate. He was consistently stuffed at or near the line of scrimmage during the game. He did see a red zone carry from the Pittsburgh 11 yard line in the third quarter, but was quickly brought down for a two-yard gain. His best pickup of the game came on a short pass in the fourth quarter which he turned into a 23-yard gain by weaving through would-be tacklers. While the Browns have a good run-blocking offensive line, it was clear that the Steelers loaded up on stopping him in order to force DeShone Kizer to beat them.
2017 Week 2 vs BAL (10 / 37 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Crowell had a tough matchup against a stout Baltimore run defense and it showed in the box score. He failed to get much going on the ground outside of a 17-yard run in the third quarter. He was an ankle tackle away from possibly scoring a touchdown on that play. The Browns went away from Crowell for stretches during the game. He was mostly a victim to poor game script coupled with an extremely difficult matchup. He remains the team's lead back and preferred goal line option in the run game.
2017 Week 3 vs IND (12 / 44 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 10 / 0 rec)
Crowell started off hot against the Colts, picking up 10 rushing yards on the first carry of the game. He ran hard, like usual, and was able to generally keep the chains moving when his number was called. Unfortunately for him, poor game script limited his opportunities as the game went on. Crowell saw just three touches (two carries and a reception) in the second half of the game as he watched backup running back Duke Johnson rack up yardage all over the field. With the Browns expected to be behind often this season, it stands to reason that Crowell is going to experience this problem repeatedly throughout the year. He did see one red zone target around the Indianapolis three-yard line but quarterback DeShone Kizer threw the ball too high for him to make the catch.
2017 Week 4 vs CIN (7 / 20 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)
As has been the case frequently this season, Crowell was the victim of poor game script which made him a bystander in the second half of the game. Of Crowell's eight touches, all but two came in the first half of the game. His best run came on the first drive of the second quarter where he broke a 14-yard run to the left side of the line. Crowell broke a tackle near the line of scrimmage before turning upfield for a nice gain.
2017 Week 5 vs NYJ (16 / 60 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 7 / 0 rec)
Crowell had his best rushing game of the season against the Jets in Week 5. Unfortunately, he wasn't able to pick up his first touchdown of the season, although he did see several red zone looks. On the second drive of the game, Crowell received a red zone carry from the New York six-yard line. He picked up three yards on the rush. DeShone Kizer went right back to Crowell on the next play, targeting him with a pass. The pass was too high for Crowell to make the grab. He probably would have been able to beat the defender to the pylon for a score had Kizer delivered the ball more quickly and on target. He later saw another red zone target in the third quarter. This time he was able to catch the ball but was brought down pretty quickly thereafter.
2017 Week 6 vs HOU (12 / 58 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 15 / 0 rec)
Crowell averaged 4.8 yards per carry, his best mark of the season. His best run of the afternoon came on a play where he started left before reversing field to avoid a tackle. He wound up picking up 14 yards, aided by a big block from a teammate. Crowell continues to be used sparingly in the passing game, picking up just two catches, both coming in the second half of the game. As has been the case all season, the Browns continue to find themselves in poor game script, which limits the amount of touches Crowell gets.
2017 Week 7 vs TEN (17 / 35 / 0 rush, 6 / 4 / 36 / 0 rec)
In what has become an ongoing theme, Crowell was bottled up for most of the afternoon. He wasn't done any favors by head coach Hue Jackson's play-calling. Jackson called a run up the middle for Crowell almost every time the Browns had the ball on first-and-10. The Titans were keyed in on this and often brought Crowell down for no-gain or a minimal one. He did salvage his day with his pass-catching, hauling in a season-high four passes, including an impressive 11-yard catch in the second quarter where he broke a few tackles to tack on extra yardage. He saw one red zone carry, picking up one yard on a run from the Tennessee 11-yard line. He later had what looked like a fifth catch but the ball was ruled incomplete after replay confirmed the ball grazed the turf before Crowell was able to make the grab.
2017 Week 8 vs MIN (11 / 64 / 1 rush, 6 / 4 / 54 / 0 rec)
Crowell finally got untracked against the Vikings, picking up his first touchdown of the season on the second offensive play of the game. He took a handoff on a draw and burst up the middle for a 26-yard score. He was barely touched by the defense on the run. In the second quarter, Crowell picked up 38 yards on a shovel pass from DeShone Kizer. He saw several chances to pick up a second touchdown at the end of that drive, getting two carries from inside the Minnesota six-yard line. He was unable to score, instead seeing Kizer punch the ball in from the one-yard line. Crowell did commit a costly fumble in the beginning of the third quarter, getting stripped by the defender before hitting the ground. Later in the third quarter, Crowell saw another red zone carry from the Minnesota six-yard line and was only able to gain one yard. Two of Crowell's four catches came in succession on the team's second-to-last drive of the game.
2017 Week 10 vs DET (16 / 90 / 1 rush, 2 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)
Crowell turned in his best statistical performance of the season on Sunday against the Lions. His 90 rushing yards served as a season-high while he managed to find the end zone for the second consecutive game. Crowell remains the Browns' preferred option on running plays in the red zone as he saw four red zone carries against Detroit. He was stuffed on his first two chances, coming in the first and third quarters, before he managed to punch in a four-yard score in the third quarter. On the scoring play, Crowell bounced the handoff outside to the left to beat the defenders to the goal line. Later in the third quarter he saw a carry from Detroit's one-yard line but was stuffed. The Browns have been slower to abandon the run over the past two games, which has led to Crowell's best two performances of the season.
2017 Week 11 vs JAX (11 / 18 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
It was a forgettable afternoon for Crowell as he was routinely stuffed at or near the line of scrimmage. His longest run of the day went for five yards and came on the very first play of the game. It was all downhill from there for the fourth-year running back. The windy, snowy weather conditions in Cleveland made this game seem like a perfect chance to feed Crowell early and often but Cleveland simply couldn't get anything going on the ground.
2017 Week 12 vs CIN (16 / 95 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 10 / 0 rec)
Crowell turned in an excellent performance against the Bengals a week after posting his worst rushing game of the season. The veteran back continually picked up large chunks of yardage when he got the ball. Even though he wasn't able to score a touchdown, Crowell was used heavily in the red zone against the Bengals. Crowell handled five red zone carries in the game but simply could not find the end zone. His fourth quarter carry from the Cincinnati seven-yard line was impressive as he broke a tackle in the backfield to turn a no-gain into a four-yard pickup. His biggest run of the day came on a 27-yard jaunt in the third quarter where he ran through an arm tackle attempt near the line of scrimmage to rumble for a big gain. Crowell certainly played well in the game after his running back coach told the media that he wanted to get the ball to Duke Johnson more often.
2017 Week 13 vs LAC (10 / 41 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 3 / 0 rec)
Crowell had a beautiful matchup against a Chargers run defense that had been struggling this season but he wound up seeing just 10 carries, even though the Chargers were never able to get up more than two scores. As has been the case this season, Crowell's usage was very vanilla. He mostly operated on run plays up the middle. His biggest run of the game came on the first drive where he ripped off a 16-yard gain. He was not emphasized in the passing game, seeing just one target, which he caught for three yards. Crowell only saw four carries in the second half of the game as the team elected to skew pass-heavy.
2017 Week 14 vs GB (19 / 121 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 10 / 0 rec)
Crowell picked up his first 100-yard rushing performance of the season and, more importantly, remained a big part of the game plan in the second half. It helped that the Browns had a rare lead for most of the second half of the game. He got off to a slow start, picking up four yards on his first carry and then getting stuffed on the ensuing touch. In the second quarter, Crowell made a short catch in the flat. It appeared he had room to run but he slipped just short of the line of scrimmage, losing one yard on the play. He picked it up in the third quarter, ripping off an 18-yard gain on a play that was perfectly blocked by his offensive line. Crowell's best play of the game came on that same drive, where he picked up 37 yards on a weaving run, all the way down to the Green Bay six yard line. It looked like he had a chance to score at one point but he seemed to run out of gas before slipping at the six yard line.
2017 Week 15 vs BAL (5 / 72 / 0 rush, 5 / 4 / -7 / 0 rec)
Crowell suffered from a lack of usage in Week 15. The veteran tailback ripped off the Browns' longest play from scrimmage on a 59-yard run in the second quarter. Strangely, he played very little after that run and saw just two second-half touches. There has been nothing of yet to suggest that Crowell got injured on the play. He was used extensively in the passing game, mostly in the first quarter, but unfortunately he finished with -7 yards on his four catches. The Ravens were ready to stop him almost immediately after he made his catches. Crowell saw an end zone target in the fourth quarter on DeShone Kizer's ill-advised interception. Crowell had three Ravens defenders around him but Kizer threw the ball in his direction anyway.
2017 Week 16 vs CHI (12 / 44 / 0 rush, 4 / 1 / -1 / 0 rec)
Crowell was used heavily at the beginning of the game as the Browns called his number on their first four plays from scrimmage. Crowell didn't do much with those chances as he totaled 19 yards on that series. As has been the case far too often this season, Crowell's usage plummeted as the game went on. He saw a carry on the first play of the third quarter but the play was nullified by a holding penalty. That was his only carry of the half as he saw just one touch on a reception which lost one yard in the second half.
2017 Week 17 vs PIT (15 / 21 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Crowell had a dismal day running the ball. He was often met at or behind the line of scrimmage by a Pittsburgh run defense that was ready for him whenever he got the ball. It didn't help that almost all of his carries went up the middle, which didn't leave much guesswork for the defense. His best series came in the third quarter where he ripped off two seven-yard runs in the same drive. He also saw two red zone carries at the end of that drive, although he was unable to get into the end zone on either one. In the fourth quarter, Crowell was routinely dropped for losses and was visibly unhappy about something (possibly a missed block) after a three-yard loss on his team's second possession in the quarter. He was not targeted at all in the passing game. Crowell is an unrestricted free agent this offseason and may have played his final game with the team.
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.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.
2015 Week 1 vs NYJ (12 / 20 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 13 / 0 rec)
Crowell ran hard and aggressively but the Jets defense didn't give him much room to run in this game. He had several runs that went for no gain or a loss, and much of that can be attributed to the tough Jets run defense. Crowell took his first two carries of the game into the line for little or no gain. After trying to bounce his third run outside with no success, he finally found a hole on his fourth carry for a nine-yard pickup. It should be noted that Crowell received the only two red zone carries for the Browns on the first drive of the game and a third red zone carry in the second quarter. Due to some turnovers and a 21-point deficit, the running game was basically abandoned in the fourth quarter. Better days should be ahead for Crowell, especially if he continues to see most of the team's red zone rushing opportunities.
2015 Week 2 vs TEN (15 / 72 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Crowell's day started off a lot like it did last week against the Jets. He took his first carry and slammed into the line for a 2-yard gain. The team's second touchdown of the game came from Crowell on a beautiful run where he just could not be kept out of the end zone. Crowell took the handoff from the 11-yard line on a counter, broke two tackles and was just able to get the ball over the goal line before his knee hit the ground. It was the type of hard-nosed run that Crowell has become known for during his short career. Crowell broke several tackles in the game and was continually picking up extra yards after contact. He seemed to get better as the game went on, partially because his line started opening up some bigger holes for him to run through. He started picking up chunks of yardage with an eight-yard gain in the third quarter and a 15-yard gain in the fourth as the Browns were trying to run out the clock. Overall, the running back situation between Crowell and Duke Johnson is shaping up as an even time share as they generally have been splitting series. Currently, Crowell does hold more value as he is getting the red zone carries, but Johnson should continue to siphon some of his fantasy value away.
2015 Week 3 vs OAK (10 / 36 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Crowell had a tough time getting anything going on the ground. His first two carries were for minimal yardage before he started to cede work to Duke Johnson. The holes just haven't been there consistently for Crowell, making it tough for him to pick up yardage as most of his runs are designed to go inside the tackles. On the first outside run called for Crowell, he was brought down for a four-yard loss as fullback Malcolm Johnson missed a block. Crowell's best run of the day came in the second quarter as he bounced outside away from Charles Woodson. He dove toward the end zone, but came up just short as he was marked down at the one-yard line. The run went for 17 yards. He saw two red zone carries from the one-yard line after that, but was unable to cross the goal line. Crowell is Cleveland's goal line back and has seen most of the team's red zone carries this year. That alone gives him some fantasy value, especially against weaker defenses.
2015 Week 4 vs SD (12 / 63 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 62 / 0 rec)
Crowell took the first carry of the game and lost two yards. He bounced the run outside to the right but was not done any favors as Jim Dray missed a block. He showed his trademark aggressive running style, initiating contact with defenders and fighting for extra yards. He finally broke a long run on the last play of the first quarter as a big hole was opened up on the right side of the line. He went for 33 yards, his longest rush of the year. The Browns ended up having success running Crowell to the right side of the line. He had a decent six-yard gain to the right side of the line erased by a holding penalty in the second quarter. Crowell got involved in the passing game in the third quarter, catching two consecutive passes. The first went for a loss, but the second reception went for a 53-yard gain. Crowell did most of the work on this one, catching the ball at the line of scrimmage and racing up the right sideline, breaking a Brandon Flowers tackle along the way. He lost a goal line opportunity to Duke Johnson in the fourth quarter, but the team was in hurry up mode.
2015 Week 5 vs BAL (13 / 49 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 38 / 1 rec)
Crowell continues to run hard whenever he gets carries. The problem is the Browns really didn't attempt to establish the run in this game, attempting just 22 runs compared to 51 passes. Overall the team has struggled to run the ball this season which is likely why they are so quick to abandon the run. Many of Crowell's carries in the game went for little or no yards. Crowell did get involved in the passing game in the second quarter, taking a pass behind the line of scrimmage and weaving his way up the field for 16 yards. His best run of the day came in the fourth quarter on a huge hole opened up in the middle of the line. Crowell sprinted through practically untouched for an 18-yard pickup. Two plays later, Crowell had a beautiful catch-and-run which went for a 22-yard touchdown. He made the grab in the flat and benefitted from some shoddy tackling by the Ravens.
2015 Week 6 vs DEN (11 / 32 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 9 / 0 rec)
Crowell saw his work cut into by Robert Turbin, who was active for the first time all season. He did see some success early in the game, picking up chunks of yardage on his first two carries. His first carry went right up the middle for eight yards and his second carry went for six yards on a sweep to the left. Crowell was more productive on sweeps and tosses as opposed to when he was asked to run up the middle. He did get involved in the passing game, making two catches coming out of the backfield. Crowell was on the field and saw a red zone carry when the team was on the 11 yard line at the end of the fourth quarter. It does bear mentioning that Duke Johnson had left the game to be checked for a concussion at that point. If Crowell continues to lose carries to Robert Turbin, his fantasy outlook will take a hit.
2015 Week 7 vs LA (8 / 9 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Crowell's first rush of the game was his best, as he shot straight ahead for an eight yard gain. His line opened a big hole for him to run through. Unfortunately, that was the only good rush Crowell had in the game as the Browns struggled to establish the run game yet again. Most of his carries were met for no gain or a loss. For the second consecutive week, he lost a lot of the early down work to Robert Turbin. He is no longer a reliable fantasy option for as long as Turbin is around.
2015 Week 8 vs ARI (10 / 14 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 12 / 0 rec)
Crowell, in what has become customary, went up the middle with the first handoff of the game and gained two yards. On his second carry, former Brown Frostee Rucker was in the backfield almost instantly and dropped Crowell for a loss. Mitchell Schwartz missed his block, allowing Rucker to make the play. His best run of the game came on a direct snap where McCown had lined up as a receiver. Crowell did see a red zone carry after Duke Johnson's big catch and run, but he was stopped at Arizona's three yard line for a three-yard gain. Crowell made a nice catch in the third quarter, taking a short pass and breaking a tackle on his way to a 12-yard gain. He looked more effective than Robert Turbin and could see some additional playing time on Thursday considering Turbin fumbled twice in the game.
2015 Week 9 vs CIN (10 / 38 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 26 / 0 rec)
Crowell did not lose any work to Robert Turbin this week as Turbin did not see a carry after fumbling twice in Week 8. Crowell had one of his best halves of the season in the first half as he ran really well. Unfortunately, the team went away from him and the running game entirely in the second half. He started the game getting very little on his first few carries before breaking off a 13-yard gain. The Cleveland line opened a huge hole for him to run through on the carry as he went untouched until he reached the second level of the defense. Crowell saw more action in the passing game than usual, hauling in three passes and dropping one. He showed some elusiveness on his first catch, dodging the first defender and turning up field for a 15-yard pickup. His best run of the day came on the team's 93-yard touchdown drive when he took the handoff and bounced his run out to the right, breaking a few tackles on the way to an 11-yard pickup. He saw a red zone carry after the 11-yard run and was able to pick up five yards. He was basically a non-factor in the second half of the game. His fantasy prospects increase slightly if Robert Turbin is no longer a part of the team's running back rotation, but the team's propensity to abandon the run severely caps his upside.
2015 Week 10 vs PIT (6 / -5 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)
Crowell had another game where he did not run effectively and was basically ignored in the second half. He finished with negative rushing yards on six carries. He struggled to find room to run as there were Steeler defenders hitting him instantly in the backfield on many of the running plays. His first play from scrimmage went up the middle for a one-yard gain. He did see the first red zone carry of the game, losing a yard. Things went south for Crowell in the second quarter. He took a handoff and tried to bounce it outside to the left, losing four yards. Later on in the third quarter, Crowell did appear to have a one-yard rushing touchdown, but it was negated by a holding penalty.
2015 Week 12 vs BAL (7 / 7 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Crowell appears to have lost some traction to Duke Johnson, as the rookie out-touched Crowell 12-to-7 in the game. Like most games this year, Crowell wasn't able to find much room to run, gaining seven yards on seven carries. He did see the team's first and second red zone carries of the game, but he did very little with them, gaining one yard on the first carry then losing two on the second one. He is a non-factor in the passing game which does no favors to his fantasy value.
2015 Week 13 vs CIN (11 / 62 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 2 / 0 rec)
Crowell had one of his best games of the season, picking up 62 yards on 11 carries, with a long run of 23 yards. He could have had a bigger game, but the Browns were forced to abandon the run early considering the lopsided score of this contest. His best runs came on delayed handoffs up the middle. He showed good vision on many of his runs, which has not always been the case this season. His best run of the game came on a delayed handoff in third quarter where he got some great blocking for a 22-yard pickup. Crowell did stand by and watch while a tipped pass behind the line of scrimmage was scooped up by the Bengals. He clearly did not realize that the ball was still live after it fell to the ground because he had a chance to run forward and recover the fumble.
2015 Week 14 vs SF (20 / 145 / 2 rush, 1 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)
Crowell had his biggest game of the year, scoring two touchdowns and running for a career-high 145 yards. He looked decisive in hitting the hole and finally had a chance to show his blend of power and speed. With the running game clicking for one of the first times all season, Crowell was finally able to show his fantasy value as he saw multiple red zone carries against the 49ers. A good deal of his yardage came on two carries. On his fourth carry of the game he got excellent blocking and slipped through a hole on the left for a 50-yard pickup. In the fourth quarter, he received great blocking again, this time on the right side of the line, and mixed in a stiff-arm to rumble for 54 yards. Crowell received a two goal line carries the first quarter. He was stopped inches short on the first carry before scoring from the fullback spot on the second carry. Crowell could have had a bigger game as he had a 20-yard rush erased by a holding penalty early in the second quarter. His second rushing touchdown came in the fourth quarter as he powered his way into the end zone from three yards out.
2015 Week 15 vs SEA (9 / 23 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 7 / 0 rec)
After a promising performance last week, Crowell went back to sparse usage and inefficient running. He rarely was able to find much room to run against a stout Seattle defense, picking up a yard or two at a time and showing questionable vision on a few carries where he basically just ran into the line instead of finding a running lane outside. His best carries came on delayed handoffs that had the defense thinking pass for an instant, which gave him a slight advantage before they adjusted. Crowell received two red zone carries on the team's first drive, getting a one-yard gain on each carry.
2015 Week 16 vs KC (16 / 88 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Crowell played a great game, gashing a tough Kansas City run defense and accounting for the Browns' only touchdown. He ran hard and showed great burst, while at the same time taking advantage of some excellent blocking. On his first carry of the game he took an inside handoff, got great blocks from Mitchell Schwartz and Jim Dray, and sprinted forward for a 28-yard pickup. Crowell's 10-yard score came on a great run to the right behind a big hole opened by Schwartz and Gary Barnidge. He simultaneously reached the ball over the goal line and hit the pylon with his foot before falling out of bounds.
2015 Week 17 vs PIT (15 / 53 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Crowell saw a decent workload in this game, but wasn't able to do much outside of a few good runs. He did seem to struggle with his footing throughout the game, as he slipped at the end of several carries. One of his best runs came on his second carry where he was able to turn the corner on the right and pick up 15 yards, putting the Browns in the red zone. On the next play he saw a carry from Pittsburgh's nine yard line but ran East-West instead of attacking the line of scrimmage, losing two yards on the play. In the second half Crowell had a carry from Pittsburgh's 10 and it looked like he had a shot at scoring, but Arthur Moats was able to make an ankle tackle at the five yard line.
2014 Week 1 vs PIT (5 / 32 / 2 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
On Sunday, Crowell became the first Browns running back to score two touchdowns since Trent Richardson on December 16, 2014. Crowell has been lauded by many as "the most talented back in the 2014 draft" despite troubles dominating at Alabama State. On Sunday, Crowell set out to prove haters such as the author of this recap wrong, and willed his way to two redzone touchdowns. Albeit, this was against the Steelers' putrid run defense, but Crowell showed excellent short area burst both inside and outside the tackles. When the Browns got into the redzone, Crowell seemed to be the dominant back. We are a Terrance West injury away from seeing Crowell as a 3-down back, so a speculative add at this point seems like a given. Crowell will surely see around 10 carries a game if Ben Tate is out for an extended amount of time, and has 10 TD upside. Given the Browns lack of redzone option in the passing game, Crowell will be the man inside the redzone.
2014 Week 2 vs NO (11 / 54 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 3 / 0 rec)
Crowell played the change-of-pace role on Sunday, and despite being second in the pecking order, displays some low-end flex appeal in standard leagues. He showed more of his violent running style on Sunday, looking faster and more explosive than Terrance West does. Unlike West, Crowell also consistently falls forward on his runs, a trait that bodes well for his chances to become a goal line back. Some believe that West displays more power in his runs, but on Sunday Crowell really showed a bruising style of running. On Crowell's longest run of the day, he showed the vision to find a cutback lane when faced with penetration, acceleration to beat the defenders to the hole, and quickness to evade the defenders on the second level. Crowell helps compliment West in the Browns new offense, and he has looked great thus far this season.
2014 Week 3 vs BAL (11 / 55 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Many local Cleveland media members have come to the realization that Crowell is the better of the two rookie running backs for the Browns. Dane Brugler of CBS Sports has been a Crowell advocate, and while this author was once a hater, he is now a believer. While Terrance West sets up defenders with a series of east-west cuts, Isaiah Crowell sets up defenders with moves while moving forward. This difference in style keeps defenders from closing in for just an extra half-second, which is all the time Crowell needs to burst in the next level. His running style was notably more žviolentÓ than West's. Furthermore, Crowell seems to see lanes open before they actually do. On one first down run, Crowell fakes entry into one lane right before another opens up, and bursts into the second lane for an extra 5-6 yards. In addition, Crowell showed superb agility on his touchdown run, making a super quick cutback on a toss and showing tremendous speed to beat the secondary to the pylon for the touchdown. Crowell is already returning flex value in most leagues, and it will be very interesting to see how things change when Ben Tate returns, possibly after the bye.
2014 Week 5 vs TEN (6 / 19 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Crowell was the first man to spell Ben Tate on Sunday, but did not do much with the six carries he was given. Barring an injury to Terrance West or Ben Tate, Crowell will continue to receive limited opportunities.
2014 Week 6 vs PIT (11 / 77 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Crowell's excellent statistics on Sunday were a microcosm of his amazing abilities. Crowell's burst through running lanes is exemplary, and he continually runs past linebackers into the secondary where other running backs would be taken down. Furthermore, Crowell uses the best offensive line in football to his advantage, using his special vision to navigate through the hole opened by zone blocking schemes. Moreover, while Crowell racked up over a fantasy point per touch, he struggled keeping his hands on the football, dropping the football twice on pitches and fumbling on one other occasion. If there is anything that will get Terrance West back on the active roster, it is Crowell fumbling. Given the replaceable nature of running back talent, fumbling is a terrible habit for Crowell to form.
2014 Week 7 vs JAX (7 / 18 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)
Crowell was the most effective back on the field for the Browns in this game, but even he had a limited overall impact. His quickness and acceleration allows him to shoot through smaller gaps than Tate or West, so he was a better fit against this Jaguars defense that was strong at the point of contact and swarming to the football.
2014 Week 8 vs OAK (1 / 1 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)
Crowell may as well have been inactive, receiving only two touches despite the ineffectiveness of starter Ben Tate and backup Terrance West. Crowell's talent is undeniable, but with the poor state of the Browns offensive line, he is not startable sans an injury to one of his running peers
2014 Week 10 vs CIN (12 / 41 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Isaiah Crowell tied with Ben Tate with 12 touches, but as a runner, Crowell showed more. Crowell continued his violent, downhill running style on Thursday; however, that style does have its disadvantages. On multiple occasions, Crowell missed a hole or lane due to his lack of patience. However, Crowell did make a few nice plays by using his vision, most notably on a 6-yard run where he used his quick, light feet to deke Bengals linebacker Vincent Rey. The fumbling issues that kept Crowell out of the lineup the past few weeks haunted Crowell on Thursday night. While he did not have an official fumble, he did have one reversed in the 3rd quarter. Crowell ran with the ball wide and far away from his body, and lost the ball on a short carry but after he was down by contact. It is frustrating that a runner that complements Ben Tate and Terrance West so well cannot shore up such a big hole in his game.
2014 Week 11 vs HOU (14 / 61 / 0 rush, 4 / 2 / 30 / 0 rec)
"The Crow" was by far the most successful Browns runner against the Texans, and showed abilities that separates him from his counterparts Terrance West and Ben Tate. Crowell displayed great vision and short-area burst, making his positive yardage plays look effortless. Furthermore, Crowell showed more of the violent running style that is conducive to success at the NFL level. Crowell also received two touches as a receiver, and showed adequate skills as a receiver. Crowell transitions from his route to YAC running very smoothly without losing acceleration. While he has not shown the ability to run advanced routes, what he has shown is promising for a rookie running back. One can gleam many positives from Crowell's performance on Sunday, he did struggle into two areas that have been holding him back from more touches/effectiveness. The first is his handle of the football. Crowell likes to run with the ball slightly outside of his side, and this careless style made it easy for Brian Cushing to get his hand in and strip Crowell of the ball deep in Texans territory. This fumble crushed the Browns drive at the end of the 1st half, and caused a potential 14-point swing and a loss of momentum at the end of the first half. In addition, Crowell showed a lack of balance on his run that the announcers mistook for "dives" forward. This happened on two instances and limited Crowell's ability to bust big runs or get extra yards.
2014 Week 12 vs ATL (12 / 88 / 2 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Returning home to Atlanta, Isaiah Crowell showed the fans that cheered him on and followed him throughout his youth in person what makes him such a special talent. Crowell has an excellent feel for where holes will open, some would call this great "vision". Coupled with a violent, downhill running style, Crowell is a nightmare to keep track of. On both of his touchdown runs, Isaiah Crowell set up defenders by faking moves outside and using his eyes to deceive defenders into believe the run was going outside. Then, he cut back inside and used his decent agility and excellent explosion to dodge the defense on his way to six points. Moreover, while many Browns fans may pine for Crowell to be žfedÓ or become the lead back in Cleveland, his 26-yard touchdown run in the third quarter came after a series of Terrance West at running back. The first play with Crowell back in the game, Crow sliced up the Atlanta defense.
2014 Week 13 vs BUF (17 / 29 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 15 / 0 rec)
The Bills defensive line was disruptive against the Browns on Sunday, gaining consistent penetration into the backfield and causing havoc in general. During his carries on Sunday, Isaiah Crowell was consistently met with a wall of defenders or free runners into the Browns backfield. Much of a running back's success is based on the ability of the offensive line to win in the trenches, and the Browns were just demolished on that front. However, three bright spots are to be gleamed from the Browns' inability on Sunday. First off, with Johnny Manziel at QB next week against the Colts, Crowell should have more room to run, given Manziel's playmaking ability. Furthermore, Mike Pettine ripped into Terrance West for his fumble, and Crowell never received such harsh treatment for his fumbles. Therefore, one gets the feeling that Crowell will take the reins this upcoming week. Lastly, Crowell made a great catch out of the backfield early in SundayŪs contest, where he reached low for a Brian Hoyer pass, and seamlessly transitioned to running up field for an 11-yard gain and a first down.
2014 Week 14 vs IND (14 / 54 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Isaiah Crowell had a solid game against the Indianapolis Colts, finding the end zone late in the second quarter for his eighth touchdown of the season. On his touchdown run, Crowell showed patience as he stretched the run to the outside, found a lane behind his blockers, then exploded towards the goal line and with a quick cut left Colts safety Mike Adams in the dust as he scampered in for six points. Crowell showed more patience than he had exhibited during the first three quarters of the season on Sunday, waiting behind blocks rather than running head down towards the first lane that appears.
2014 Week 15 vs CIN (7 / 17 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 10 / 0 rec)
Due to game script, Isaiah Crowell only carried the ball five times against the Bengals. Crowell is entrenched in an at the moment ugly timeshare with Terrance West, and the Browns coaching staff has not shown a strong preference to either running back. It was disheartening to see Isaiah Crowell unable to convert first downs on consecutive 2nd and 1 and 3rd and 1 runs. Crowell eventually gained the first down on fourth down, but he lacked the size and strength to muscle over Bengals linemen for that extra yard. On Crowell's longest run, he hit a huge cutback lane with above average burst and improved patience, but it was truly the only play where we could glean anything from Crowell's running style. Crowell showed adequate ability on a screen in the fourth quarter, extending for the ball and making a solid hands catch above his head and turning up the field for a decent gain. While not a receiving back by any means, Crowell showed decent enough receiving ability to stay on the field during passing downs.
2014 Week 16 vs CAR (16 / 55 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
On the stat sheet, Isaiah Crowell did not have an overwhelming positive performance, but he has been the most consistent performer for the Browns. Crowell's biggest play came on the second play of the 3rd quarter on a stretch run to the far side of the field. Crowell received the handoff, saw a massive cutback lane on the near side of the field, and burst through the opening. Crowell proceeded to use a couple head fakes to neutralize the safety in the front of him, forcing a linebacker to come from the far side of the field to make the play. On the rest of his runs, Crowell ran hard and was succeeded despite constant penetration from his offensive line. Since the loss of Alex Mack, the Browns have been allowing massive amounts of penetration that have neutralized the Browns' ability to establish the run at all during games.
2014 Week 17 vs BAL (4 / 6 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 16 / 0 rec)
Isaiah Crowell took a backseat to Terrance West during the final game of the season, toting the rock only four times. Terrance West apparently had a tremendous week of practice, and with not much on the line on Sunday, one should not glean too much from Crowell's inactivity. Just last week, Terrance West was benched due to poor effort, so it seems as if the Browns coaching staff is just dangling playing time as a motivator for the rookie backs. Crowell had a solid catch during Sunday's contest, a 16-yarder that if thrown harder could have been a touchdown. Crowell was forced to lean down for the ball, which completely stopped his momentum. Crowell is an adequate receiving back and seems much more equipped for leaking out of the backfield for screens and short routes than any other Browns running back.