Cleveland Browns training camp battles: Running backs

Of all the position groups on the 2017 Cleveland Browns, the running backs group is the most solid.

Isaiah Crowell is entering his fourth year and is looking for a new contract from the team. He has not cracked 1,000 yards rushing so far in his NFL career so the Browns are likely looking to see if a new commitment to the run game and his desire for a new contract will fuel a big season for the bruising back.

Offering a change of pace is Duke Johnson, entering his third year in the league. Johnson might be asked to catch a lot of balls out of the backfield or even line up in wide receiver spots this season due to the lack of receiver depth.

Behind them are seventh-round pick Matt Dayes from North Carolina State, George Atkinson and Terrance Magee. The team also signed a fullback, Dan Vitale, from Tampa Bay’s practice squad. The only battle here is between Dayes, Atkinson and Magee to see who will back up “Crow” and “Duke.”

Position grade: B+

The Browns are expected to have more of an emphasis on the running game. Hopefully Crowell can break the 1,000-yard barrier and be the workhorse for the offense.

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