Cleveland Browns head coach Hue Jackson believes Crowell will have a "sensational" 2016 season, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. "I've been getting so much mail or phones calls with people saying, 'Well wait a minute, why don't you guys have a running back?' " Jackson said. "I really think Isaiah Crowell is a really good running back. I think he's going to have a sensational season, I really do."
The Browns are apparently confident that Crowell and Duke Johnson will form an effective duo, as the team surprisingly opted not to select any running backs in the 2016 NFL Draft. Johnson impressed as a pass-catcher last season, but there's nothing from Crowell's first two years in the league to suggest that he's anything more than a low-end starter, if that. Regardless, he's the favorite to serve as Cleveland's featured runner, with Johnson likely slated for a third-down and chance-of-pace role. It is possible the team could let its two running backs compete for the starting job.
Crowell also hauled in 19-of-22 targets for 182 yards and one receiving touchdown on the season, but his pass-catching prowess was largely limited by the presence of rookie Duke Johnson, who was used much more frequently on passing downs. The 22-year-old Crowell racked up nearly 100 more rushing yards than he did in 2014, but reached the end zone on the ground half as many times. The presence of Johnson can partially explain that reduction, but a more significant factor is likely the overall offensive ineptitude, as Cleveland simply couldn't get any consistent quarterback play. Crowell remains under contract with the
Isaiah Crowell rushed 16 times for 88 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's loss to the Chiefs.
The Cleveland Browns ' passing game really struggled Sunday, as quarterback Johnny Manziel completed just 13 of 32 passes for 136 yards, but Crowell was a solid producer, and he's now found the end zone in two of his last three games. Up next is a Week 17 matchup against the Steelers, who need a win to keep their playoff hopes alive.
Isaiah Crowell (not injury-related) is listed as probable for Sunday's game against the Chiefs, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
After being limited to nine carries for just 23 rushing yards in last Sunday's loss to Seattle, Crowell will look look to bounce back against the Chiefs in Week 16, but that's no easy order, given that they are currently on an eight-game roll. Those considering Crowell in fantasy lineups this weekend will want to check out the Cleveland Browns ' inactives Sunday, as pass-catching back Duke Johnson is listed as questionable by the team this week.
|P1||8/12/16||@ GB||8:00 pm|
|P3||8/26/16||@ TB||8:00 pm|
|1||9/11/16||@ PHI||1:00 pm|
|3||9/25/16||@ MIA||1:00 pm|
|4||10/2/16||@ WAS||1:00 pm|
|6||10/16/16||@ TEN||1:00 pm|
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|10||11/10/16||@ BAL||8:25 pm|
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|17||1/1/17||@ PIT||1:00 pm|
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