Johnson, West dealing with injuries-- Sun Aug 2 3:18 pm --
Isaiah Crowell and Shaun Draughn getting extra reps for Browns
Browns rookie running back Duke Johnson, who figures prominently in the offense this season, could be out awhile with the pulled hamstring he suffered Saturday in practice, coach Mike Pettine said. Terrance West injured his calf Saturday, but Pettine's optimistic that he'll be back next week.(Cleveland Plain Dealer)
FF Today's Take:West is expected back on the field early this week, perhaps even Tuesday. Johnson has a history of hamstring issues so while the situation is minor right now, it's something to monitor as the pre-season continues. Shaun Draughn is getting extra reps with West and Brown on the sideline.
Browns' backfield likely to ride the "hot hand"-- Thu Jul 16 6:35 pm --
Isaiah Crowell and Duke Johnson considered the frontrunners
Duke Johnson’s initial burst and speed in the open field were clearly established on film for the coaches to incorporate into game plans. Repetitions between all of the running backs, including Shaun Draughn and Luke Lundy, were divided pretty equally. OC John DeFilippo has made it clear there won’t be an exact science for how carries are distributed. As an example, if Terrance West were to rush for big yards in the first half of Week 1’s game against the Jets, the Browns may lean toward featuring him prominently during the second half.(clevelandbrowns.com)
FF Today's Take:It seems appropriate that a team with a severe lack of talent in the passing game would also have no answers in regards to how it wants to split up the work in the backfield. DeFilippo has compared Johnson to Giovani Bernard on multiple occasions, suggesting he will see the bulk of passing-down work. Isaiah Crowell is expected to get the first crack at early-down work, although West and Johnson could easily emerge as the "hot hand" in any given week.