2016 Cleveland Browns roster analysis: The running backs

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Our look back at the 2016 Cleveland Browns season continues with a look at how the running backs performed in what was a tough year overall for the offense.

The Cleveland Browns rushing attack found success under offensive-minded coach Hue Jackson in 2016. Cleveland lacks talent at almost every position on the field, yet the running back position should be the least of the front office’s worries entering into the 2017 offseason. The Browns backfield averaged 4.9 yards per attempt which was ranked second in the entire league.

However, with the success of the running game the Browns did not run the ball enough and often failed to establish the run in many games throughout 2016. With such a high yard-per-attempt average the team only ranked 19th in total rushing yards (1,712). The good news is that the Browns have young athletic backs on the roster that have tons of playmaking ability.

Moving forward within Hue Jackson’s offense, I expect Jackson to incorporate more of his run game featuring Isaiah Crowell and Duke Johnson as his lead guys. As the team enters its second season under Coach Jackson, expect Jackson to revamp the offensive line and expand upon his play book to bring out the strengths of his dynamic and versatile running backs.