Duke Johnson

#29 RB / Cleveland Browns / EXP: 3YRS Height: 5-9 Weight: 210 lb Age: 24 College: Miami (Fla.) Bye 9

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  • Browns' Duke Johnson: Tough sledding Sunday
    By RotoWire Staff

    Johnson rushed seven times for two yards and caught two of four targets for 10 yards during Sunday's 19-10 loss to the Chargers. While Isaiah Crowell found success on the ground to the tune of 4.1 yards per carry, it was a different story for Johnson. He couldn't find any room to run, and his 12 total yards marked a season low. The third-year back is usually heavily involved in the passing attack, but with Josh Gordon's return, targets were hard to come by, and Johnson had to settle for just four passes thrown his way. The 24-year-old will look to get more involved against a suspect Packers defense next week.

  • Browns' Duke Johnson: Four receptions Sunday
    By RotoWire Staff

    Johnson rushed six times for 35 yards and hauled in four of five targets for 32 yards during Sunday's 30-16 loss to Cincinnati. Johnson continues to be a threat in PPR leagues, as Sunday marked the fifth consecutive game in which he's grabbed at least four receptions. The 24-year-old is still an afterthought in the running game with Isaiah Crowell entrenched as the starter, but he's made the most of it when given the chance. The last time Johnson failed to rush for fewer than five yards per carry was on Oct. 22 versus the Titans. The Browns have talked about getting him more work, but that doesn't seem to be happening, as least in terms of rushing touchdes.

  • Browns run game coordinator Kirby Wilson said he wants Johnson on the field as much as possible because the team believes so strongly in the running back's playmaking skills, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports. There was talk before the season that the Browns might use Johnson as their slot receiver in three-wide sets, which would've allowed him to get on the field at the same time as Isaiah Crowell. The team has used the alignment sparingly, instead rotating Crowell and Johnson in essentially the same way as the past two seasons. Johnson nonetheless finds himself on pace for his most productive year to date, while Crowell is arguably having the worst season of his own career. The Browns may finally be ready to shift the workload division more in Johnson's favor, particularly if Crowell (shoulder) is at less than full strength Sunday in Cincinnati. That said, there have been calls all season to increase Johnson's workload, and the Browns still struggle to get him involved until they fall into catch-up mode and mostly abandon their rushing attack in the second half of games.

  • Browns' Duke Johnson: Not on injury report
    By RotoWire Staff

    Johnson (shoulder) isn't listed on the Browns' injury report ahead of Sunday's game against the Bengals. Johnson apparently only suffered a very minor injury in Sunday's 19-7 loss to the Jaguars. Isaiah Crowell also is dealing with a shoulder injury and was limited at Wednesday's practice, but he managed to play through it last week and likely intends to do the same against Cincinnati. Johnson has enjoyed two of his better games the past two weeks, combining for 156 scrimmage yards, 10 receptions and a touchdown. He previously had three straight games with less than 75 yards and no touchdowns.

  • Johnson carried the ball 10 times for 54 yards and snagged a team-high six passes on six targets for 34 yards during Sunday's 38-24 loss to the Lions. Sunday marked the first time in 2017 in which Johnson was given double-digit carries and the third-year back out of Miami made the most of it. He averaged 5.4 yards per carry and also paced the team with six receptions. Johnson's 16 total touches were a season high as well. The 24-year-old has accumulated 44 rushes and 42 receptions on the year, and more work is likely if his production continues to trend upward.

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