Duke Johnson needs to get the ball – Cleveland Browns News

Duke Johnson needs to get the ball – Cleveland Browns News

We have ranked the top 25 players on the Browns roster with a projection of what to expect in 2017 as well as looking back on last season.

Duke Johnson

Position >> Running back

Height, weight >> 5-foot-9, 220

Birthdate >> Sept. 23, 1993

Years pro >> Third season


College >> Miami of Florida

Rank >> 19th of 25

Johnson’s background >> Duke Johnson is the University of Miami’s all-time leading rusher with 3,519 yards amassed in 33 games. He was projected as a second- or third-round pick in the 2015 draft and, appropriately, the Browns took him with the 77th overall pick.

Johnson, whose given first name is Randy, is a Miami native, so staying home and going to Miami was not a difficult decision after rushing for 1,957 yards and 29 touchdowns as a senior at Miami Norland High School. He also returned three kicks for touchdowns and a punt for another score to help his team win the Class 5A championship.

Lack of opportunity has stunted Johnson’s growth in the NFL. He was hampered by a coaching change from Mike Pettine in 2015 to Hue Jackson in 2016. He had to learn a new offense, which is always a challenge for a younger player.

Why Johnson is ranked 19th >> Johnson would have a higher ranking if the coaches were creative in finding ways to get him the ball. Until then, he barely squeezes into the to 20.

2016 recap >> Most players improve from their first year to their second season. Johnson regressed, at least in opportunities to touch the ball. After starting seven games and carrying the ball 104 times for 379 yards as a rookie in 2015, Johnson carried…

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