The Browns got plenty of production from their two rookie running backs in 2014, as Terrance West and Isaiah Crowell combined for 1,280 yards and 12 touchdowns. The expectations are different for Duke Johnson because he’s a different kind of running back in a different set of circumstances, but his development is on the right track to add a new element to Cleveland’s running attack.
“He’s got a lot to learn, but he’s probably a typical rookie where he is right now,” HC Mike Pettine said. “I think we’ve all seen what he can bring – the explosiveness and how we can turn a handoff or a short pass into a significant gain with a back like that.”
Johnson reportedly looked very good in his first practice, running for a couple of big gains. He's mired in a committee on a team with serious quarterback issues, so we're not expecting much from any one Brown running back.