BEREA, Ohio — Isaiah Crowell is clearly at the top of the Cleveland Browns’ depth chart at running back, but there is still plenty of competition for carries between Matthew Dayes and Duke Johnson Jr. during training camp.
Having a deep corps of running backs is something the Browns tried to build in past seasons, but as training camp rolls on, a competition between Dayes and Johnson is something to keep an eye at for Monday’s session.
“We want to run the ball,” Browns left guard Joel Bitonio said. “That is part of our IQ. We have some big guys up front. We brought some new guys in.
“I think that is the goal of any team. A lot of people talk about running the ball, running the ball. We have to make that statement. We have to make him (Hue Jackson) trust us to run the ball. If we are not getting four or five yards on a carry, then it is going to be hard for him to keep calling runs.”
The Browns selected Dayes, a former North Carolina State running back, in the seventh round of the 2017 NFL Draft.
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