Browns may make Duke Johnson their No. 1 slot receiver


Cleveland’s Duke Johnson is a running back, but he’s had more receiving yards than rushing yards in each of his first two NFL seasons. In his third season, he may not be a running back at all.

Johnson is the leading candidate to be the Browns’ No. 1 slot receiver, according to Mary Kay Cabot of

Last year Andrew Hawkins was the No. 1 slot receiver in Cleveland, but he left for New England in free agency.

As one of the few bright spots in Cleveland’s offense last season, Johnson caught 53 passes for 514 yards and ran 73 times for 358 yards.

8 responses to “Browns may make Duke Johnson their No. 1 slot receiver

  1. If a guy isn’t really that good at the position you brought him in at, try him at another position. If you like a kid, if he’s tough, if he can play special teams, why not give him a shot somewhere else. Edelman was a QB, right? Also, probably not a bad idea to pay attention to what the Patriots are doing. Probably a good idea to install their offense too.

  2. 5 yards per carry is pretty good at RB. I’m not quite sure why they haven’t made him a bigger part of the RB committee than they have. He’s good enough to be more than an occasional 3rd down RB, especially in comparison to the rest of the roster.

  3. “Last year Andrew Hawkins was the No. 1 slot receiver in Cleveland, but he left for New England in free agency”
    Just to add a little more insight, Hawk didn’t just choose the Pats over the Browns, he was not offered a contract by the Browns then went unsigned for several months before the Pats signed him.

  4. This is smart and a win/win for Crowell and Johnson. Most expect Crowell to finally be the bellcow this year (a contract year) and Johnson routinely lines up wide/in the slot anyway.

    Johnson has eclipsed 500 yds receiving in each of his two seasons, so the transition should be smooth. A creative way to get both playmakers on the field consistently.

  5. Keep him at RB and motion him out to slot receive
    Depending on the defensive look. That way you will always have a matchup advantage one way or the other.

  6. I think anytime you have an opportunity to add a guy named Duke to your team, you do it…

  7. They don’t have to change his title. He’s not a bad running back. He’s a good receiver out of the backfield, he’s good in the slot, but it only keeps defenses honest to still hand him the ball here and there.

  8. The Browns are going to be better than most people think. I think they can make a run for a division title. We will find out week 1 if I am right.

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