Cleveland Browns: 5 takeaways on offense from the loss in Baltimore
By Andrew Seibt
Duke Johnson Jr. making big plays
The other bright spot from the offense on Sunday was Duke Johnson Jr.
He had a spectacular one-handed catch from Kevin Hogan down the field for 34 yards that left me in awe. I think Johnson is getting lost in the shuffle of the Browns offense trying to get too many people involved in the game offensively.
Similar to Crowell and the run game, Johnson needs to be a staple in both facets of the game to utilize the true playmaker that he is. It is unfortunate that no matter what coach is calling plays for the Browns they just can’t seem to find a way to utilize his talents properly.
I don’t see the Browns run many screen passes. Or nearly enough quick patterns to running backs or even wide receivers for that matter that help a quarterback build a rhythm in the passing game. Hue Jackson thinks that forcing the ball 20 yards downfield every time is going to win a football game, when it’s proven to do the opposite in two games thus far.
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Throw Duke a few swing passes, maybe a screen pass here and there. Or, better yet, maybe give someone other than the practice squad of wide receivers we’re holstering on this roster a chance to make a play. It’s time to get Duke Johnson more involved.