Both Browns offensive coordinator Todd Haley and running backs coach Fred Kitchens have suggested that Cleveland will ride the hot hand at running back in 2018.
“Ultimately, all three of those guys can run our running game,” Kitchens said, via the team’s website. “Duke can do a few more things in the passing game. Ultimately, we feel like that is a position of strength. Coach [Bill] Parcells taught me a long time ago, do not turn a position of strength into a weakness. You would like to keep it a strength, and we are fortunate that is where we are.”
It sounds as though there will likely be no clear-cut lead runner in Cleveland between Duke Johnson, Carlos Hyde, and Nick Chubb. However, Kitchens' commentary on Johnson in the passing game does indicate that the team still plans on using him there. His 188 receptions over three seasons and ADP outside of the top 30 at running back are reasons why our own TJ Hernandez can see Johnson as a potential value (full column linked below).