Cleveland Browns: 2016 depth chart predictions
The running back position seemed rather solidified at the beginning of the month with both Isaiah Crowell and Duke Johnson Jr. prepared to be clear favorites to take up most of the carries.
Then Crowell shared an offensive picture on Instagram and his immediate future with the team is still unknown. But as of right now, he is poised to be the team’s leading rusher in 2016, while Johnson will be featured more in the passing game.
Crowell finished 2015 with 706 yards and four of the team’s five rushing touchdowns. If he does not have to serve any type of suspension for his social media post, he should be able to eclipse that mark in 2016. Crowell can do that because Johnson should have less carries and more receptions this year.
Johnson had 105 carries in 2015, but had 61 receptions, which gave him the third-most on the team. With the young receiving corps and more attention likely being paid to tight end Gary Barnidge, Johnson will be relied upon to be a major factor as a receiver. He will still receive carries, but his total will likely be under 100.
Glenn Winston, Raheem Mostert and Terrell Watson will be competing for the third spot, but one of them may see a great deal of action if Crowell is suspended.
Given the current situation where Crowell is not suspended, he will open the season as the top back on the depth chart, with Johnson right behind him in the second spot.
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