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Crowell and Johnson Ready to Run in Jackson’s Offense

As offensive coordinator in Cincinnati, Browns head coach Hue Jackson found success when he employed a duo of running backs in Jeremy Hill and Giovani Bernard. Browns running backs Isaiah Crowell and Duke Johnson are hopeful they can produce similar results in Jackson’s system.

Johnson said he is looking forward to how he and Crowell will be used in tandem in Jackson’s offense.

“I am excited to see it,” Johnson said. “We are off to a good start already, but I am just happy to see how far and how in depth we go with the offense.”

The Browns selected five wide receivers in the NFL Draft, but did not draft a single running back. Crowell said the lack of a running back draft pick shows what the coaching staff thinks about his and Johnson’s abilities.

“That is just a confidence booster,” Crowell said. “Really, it just showed me that [Head Coach Hue Jackson] has great confidence in us. We want to go out there and give them all we’ve got.”

Johnson said while the comparisons to Hill and Bernard are easy to make, he is focused on filling the role Jackson wants the running backs to fill.

“We don’t really have a name for it, just whatever he wants,” Johnson said. “Split out, running the ball, whatever coach wants, that’s what we are here for.”

Crowell said he is eager to continue the success the Browns’ running game had in 2015 in Coach Jackson’s new system.

“I am very excited about it because I know Hue likes to run the ball,” Crowell said. “I feel like running the ball is a very important factor in winning and losing. I am happy about it.”


Tim Tedeschi is a writer for NEOSI and a producer/contributor for the Sports on Tap Podcast. He is a senior at Indiana Wesleyan University, where he has worked as sports editor of the school newspaper, general manager of the college radio station, and play-by-play and color commentator for NAIA and high school basketball, soccer, and football. Follow him on Twitter @tim_tedeschi.

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