Looking ahead to the 2019 season, we take an in-depth look at the different position groups for the Cleveland Browns. Here is a glance at the running backs.
Just like almost every other position group on the Cleveland Browns, the running backs have overcome a lot of change. Before John Dorsey arrived in 2017, the featured back was Isaiah Crowell, a former undrafted free agent pick up from Georgia.
Crowell’s best season came in 2016 when he ran for 952 yards and eight touchdowns. He wasn’t as successful in 2017 though, as he had 853 yards and five touchdowns. While Crowell was never a terrible back, Dorsey realized an upgrade was needed if the offense wanted to improve. With that in mind, he added a veteran in the 2018 offseason by the name of Carlos Hyde.
A former Ohio State star, Hyde signed a three-year deal after starting his career with the San Francisco 49ers. Hyde ended up playing just six games with the Browns as he was sent away to make room for rookie Nick Chubb who was showing much more explosion than the veteran.
In his short tenure with Cleveland, Hyde amassed 382 yards and five touchdowns. His yards per carry was just 3.4, which was a career low at the time — he actually was worse at Jacksonville as he went for only 3.3 per attempt.
Heading into 2019, there are going to be some familiar faces as well as at least one new one in the Browns backfield. Here we will dig into each one of those as we break down the running backs who will be heading into camp in 2019.