Rookie running back Duke Johnson set up a bit of a red alert Saturday when he admitted he’s struggled with hamstring issues since high school.
“I’m not a flexible guy,” Johnson said after taking part in the Cleveland Browns' slow-motion practice two days after the preseason loss to Buffalo, Johnson’s first time on the field since Aug. 1.
Johnson also said the hamstring strain that sidelined him was essentially the same issue that limited his running at the scouting combine. It should be said that even with hamstring issues and a lack of flexibility, Johnson left the University of Miami as the school’s all-time leading rusher.
“’I’ve never let it really stop me from producing and being the player than I am today,” said Johnson, the team’s third-round draft pick.
The Browns have big hopes for Johnson, to the point that they left minicamp in June thinking he had a chance to be the team’s every-down back. That progress was slowed by missing three weeks of practice. While Johnson has lived through the issue to have success, it may be something to deter fantasy owners if it comes down to Johnson and another RB to draft.