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Broulis Beat Report: Cleveland Browns 2015 Running Back Position Preview

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CANTON,Ohio- On paper the Cleveland Browns could have one of the best back fields in the NFL. Only problem is I said on paper. Plus every other team that Cleveland plays in 2015 knows we are going to run the ball more than we pass, at least I hope so.

When Cleveland has a 100 yard rusher in a game we usually have a good outcome and it means we have put ourselves in a position to win the game. And none of us Browns fans want to see Josh McCown throw the ball more than 60%.

Cleveland has a lot of competition in the back field and I love it.

My 1st opinion is Isaiah Crowell the 2nd year man out of Alabama St. Crowell in my opinion has the best burst and vision of all the backs but his only problem is he has a case of the butterfingers and loses the football too often. He has had issues with securing the football and as a RB you must be able to hang onto the football. Get that cleaned up Crowell and you can be the #1 back.

Next up from Towson University is Terrence West. He can lay out defenders when he lowers his shoulder and has decent speed. If he would stop dancing at the line of scrimmage so much he might be the best back because he doesn’t fumble the ball like Crowell but again you can’t be tap dancing at the line. Find the holes and run for your life.

HEY ROOKIE! The Cleveland Browns drafted Duke Johnson out of the University of Miami,Fl and he is the Hurricanes all-time leading rusher. I watched him in college and I was impressed. He has speed and power plus he can catch the ball out of the back field which is an element the Browns didn’t have on offense last year. He might be the backup to Crowell or West because he can do so much. I really liked this pick.

Glenn Winston, Shaun Draughn and Luke Lundy will try to make it as a member of the special teams unless one of the 3 takes a few steps back. I don’t see Cleveland holding onto 3 RB’s and even that is pushing it.

So long story short, the Browns will have to have a 1,000 yard rusher if they want to have meaningful games from November on. That’s just how it is because I don’t believe you can put all the pressure on McCown and asking him to throw for 3,000+ yards is a bit much in my opinion.

I’d like to see the starting RB get about 20-25 carries. I really hope that Isaiah Crowell put’s more focus on protecting the ball because I feel he can be a top 10 back in the NFL and after that who knows how things will unfold.

This is obviously the strength for the Browns offense from a skilled position aspect. I hope the Browns offensively line can stay healthy for the most part.


Credit all authors of images used in both article and as cover image : Nick Broulis

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