Crowell is a talented 23-year-old who shattered his undrafted expectations in 2014 with eight touchdowns and a thundering running style. Crowell averaged 4.1 yards per carry and his two biggest games, against the Steelers at home and the Falcons on the road, were monumental Browns victories.
But just because Crowell is set to start Thursday against Washington does not mean Cleveland is ready to anoint him as its bell cow, 20-carries per game, running back. On Sunday, running backs coach Wilbert Montgomery challenged one of his running backs to truly stand out and seize the job.
Crowell read the comments from his coach. He knows he still has work to do.
“Obviously I haven’t,” Crowell said when asked if he’s earned the starting job. “So I have to keep working and keep working. The coach knows what is right and knows what is best, so I have to come out here and keep working.”
The report broke yesterday that RB coach Wilbert Montgomery wasn't happy with the Browns RBs in camp. Crowell is perhaps the one true healthy back right now as the others can't get on the field, including our highest-rated Brown RB, rookie Duke Johnson. Looks like Crowell will get his chance Thursday in the team's first preseason game. The Browns RB situation is pretty cloudy right now.