Johnson is discussing a new contract with the Browns, NFL.com's Michael Silver reports. Impressive in a part-time role his first two seasons, the 2015 third-round pick enjoyed a mini-breakout in 2017 despite essentially filling the same role. He'll be part of an improved offense featuring Tyrod Taylor this upcoming season, though it could be tough to duplicate last year's 74 catches and 93 targets with Josh Gordon and Jarvis Landry on the roster. There's also some chance the Browns use one of their many early draft picks on a running back, though the desire to sign Johnson to an extension suggests that's no sure thing. We'll have a better read on Johnson's future once the draft is complete.
Johnson carried six times for 20 yards and a touchdown Sunday against the Steelers. He also caught all six of his targets for 75 yards and lost a fumble in the 28-24 loss. Johnson managed just 3.3 yards per carry, but he chipped in his usual reliable contribution as a pass catcher as he still finished with his second-highest scrimmage yards total of the season. The third-year back never really threatened Isaiah Crowell's grasp on early-down work, but his impressive 684 receiving yards on 74 catches allowed him to eclipse 1,000 scrimmage yards for the first time in his career. Johnson has one year remaining on his rookie contract and seems secure in his role as a receiving threat out of the backfield regardless of the changes the Browns offense could undergo in the offseason.
Johnson (shoulder) was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports. Johnson was also limited at practice last Wednesday before returning to full participation Thursday and Friday. He had four carries for 20 yards and seven caches for 81 yards in a 20-3 loss to the Bears, accounting for 39 percent of Cleveland's yardage in a dismal performance. Johnson will now prepare to face a Pittsburgh defense that limited him to two catches for 20 yards (and zero carries) back in Week 1.
Johnson (shoulder) practiced fully Thursday, Scott Petrak of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram reports. Johnson will be fine for Sunday's game against the Bears and as usual is worth a look in most PPR formats, as well as deeper standard leagues, while working in a time-share with early-down back Isaiah Crowell. Through 14 games, Johnson has only hit the 10-carry mark once, back in Week 9. In that span, however, he's snagged a total 61 passes for 537 yards and has logged six TDs overall.
Johnson rushed seven times for 23 yards and a touchdown and added five receptions (seven targets) for 40 yards during Sunday's 27-10 loss to the Ravens. He also lost a fumble. Usually the second fiddle to Isaiah Crowell, Johnson actually out-carried his teammate for the first time in 2017. Thanks to a 59-yard run in the second quarter, Crowell had more success on the ground than Johnson, but it was the latter who found the end zone for the second straight week. Per usual, Johnson was heavily involved in the passing game, and has nine receptions on 11 targets for 81 yards over his last two contests.
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