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.