Browns coach Gregg Williams says Duke Johnson can do more
Since the Cleveland Browns made the decision to move running back Carlos Hyde to the Jacksonville Jaguars, rookie running back Nick Chubb has been the primary recipient of the workload in the backfield.
However, interim head coach Gregg Williams has voiced that he believes that Duke Johnson could also factor more into the equation than his current role within the offense.
“It was good to see that with Duke,” interim coach Gregg Williams said, via the team’s official website. “Just like what we have talked about with other people, I think he can do more and he will. He had a good fire about him, and he will continue to improve too. We need him to improve.”
Johnson has taken up the responsibility as being the primary option in the passing game out of the backfield as he has had plenty of success with that role within the offense. He has been a major factor this season through the first nine games recording 29 receptions on 38 targets for 281 receiving yards and a pair of touchdowns.
The 25-year-old is coming off a career-best campaign in that regard as he had 74 receptions for 693 receiving yards and three touchdowns last season. Williams likely speaking about him having a larger role in the running game as he has shown flashes of potential as he has 115 rushing yards on 23 carries, which is 5.0 yards per attempt.
Although Chubb will continue to be the workhorse in the running game, it may see Johnson carve out a bigger role in the offensive game plan moving forward given what he brings to the table as a dual-threat option out of the backfield. This change may be to help bring another element to the offense in order to help them get on the right track toward being a more competitive team on the field.