2. What will they do with Demetric Felton, D’Ernest Johnson situation?
One thing that stood out in their first preseason game was just how deep the Browns are at running back. They didn’t even put Nick Chubb or Kareem Hunt in the game but they still showed they have players who can contribute.
This may not seem to be the case when it comes to stats, considering they had just 41 yards on 26 carries. But throw in their play as pass-catchers and things look much different.
D’Ernest Johnson, for example, had just 14 yards on five rushes but hauled in two of his three targets — one going for 18 yards and the other for 10. He was also out to inflict punishment every time he touched the ball. He was leading with his shoulder and forcing defenders to work hard to bring him down.
Clearly motivated by the arrival of Demetric Felton, Johnson is out to prove he deserves to keep his job. But Felton won’t make it easy — that is, if they keep him at running back. A sixth-round pick from UCLA, Felton is presumed by many to be a running back but he spent the first game as a slot receiver and had 44 yards on four receptions.
With the way this game went down, it seems safe to ask what the Browns plan on doing here. Will they keep Johnson as the third running back and put Felton at receiver? And if they do that, who does Felton beat out to make the roster since that’s another spot where Cleveland is really deep.
Felton’s versatility and his Week 1 showing prove he’s too valuable to keep off the roster, but that doesn’t mean it’s simple to figure out exactly what to do either.