The Cleveland Browns were able to run the ball pretty effectively in the first 5 games of the season last year until C Alex Mack suffered a broken leg. With Mack healthy and ready for the new season, the Browns look to get back to a solid run game drafting versatile Duke Johnson out of Miami to push last year’s rookie tandem of Terrance West and Isaiah Crowell.
Last year’s rookies both spent time in head coach Pettine’s dog house last year. While Terrance West suffered from his own off the field choices on social media and with fellow rookie Johnny Manziel, Crowell’s problems were limited to on field fumbles and hitting the wall physically down the stretch.
Drafting Duke Johnson should put both veterans on notice. The Browns want to run the ball to take the pressure off of the QB. Johnson will be in the mix for the starting position, maybe pushing one of last year’s rookies out the door.
The Browns seem confident they will run the ball effectively and take pressure off Josh McCown.