This is the 38th installment of a series of articles covering each player on the Cleveland Browns roster. A new player will be previewed every day from now until the Browns preseason begins. If you enjoy (tolerate) this article, I encourage you to check back each day to read each one. I try to keep these articles short and sweet.
#30- D’Ernest Johnson– RB- South Florida
Just like every other Browns fan, I can’t wait for this summer to see when “D’Ernest Goes to Camp”. I do feel sorry for him when he has to run against that improved Browns defensive line though. If Johnson goes one on one with Myles Garrett it will probably make “D’Ernest Scared Stupid”. Hopefully he will carve out a role with the team by their week 16 matchup with the Ravens, because Cleveland may have to hope that “D’Ernest Saves Christmas” this year.
Johnson is entering his first year in the NFL, but he does have one season of professional football under his belt. The young running back was teammates with Garrett Gilbert on the Orlando Apollos of the now-defunct Alliance of American Football. In his time with the Apollos, Johnson recorded 372 yards on 64 carries (5.8 ypc) with two touchdowns.
The Browns running back room has become fairly crowded over the last two offseasons. In that time, John Dorsey has drafted Nick Chubb and brought in Kareem Hunt to go along with holdover, Duke Johnson. However, Duke’s future with the team is up in the air after he has hinted towards wanting to be traded, and Hunt is suspended the first half of the season. This opens up room for a young running back or two to get some playing time. It seems that D’Ernest Johnson will be competing with Dontrell Hilliard for those snaps. Having too much running depth is a great problem to have!
If you enjoyed this article, be sure to check out yesterday’s breakdown on Olivier Vernon.