This is the 73rd installment of a series of articles covering each player on the Cleveland Browns roster. If you enjoy (tolerate) this article, I encourage you to check back each day to read each one.
#29- Duke Johnson Jr.- RB- Miami
Duke Johnson’s real name is Randy Johnson. When I read that, my imagination started running wild with pictures of the Big Unit suiting up to play with the Browns. I propose that “The Duke” rebrands himself using his birth name. As somebody who grew up in the 1990s, I know that nobody intimidates opposing players like Randy Johnson.
Johnson has played in every game for the Browns over the last four seasons. He has always been able to carve out a role as a pass-catching weapon out of the backfield, but last season his numbers dipped across the board. He combined for 630 yards rushing and receiving last year which was over 200 yards less than his previous career low (872). He has appeared frustrated by the lack of touches for the last couple of seasons and the addition of Kareem Hunt this offseason hasn’t helped his cause.
I’ve actually been holding off on this article because after he demanded a trade, I expected Johnson to get dealt this summer. Speaking of which, I’m old enough to remember a time when aging veterans were overpaid to come to Cleveland (in fact, my three-year-old nephew is old enough to remember that). What a time to be alive now that productive veterans are demanding trades out of Cleveland because there is too much talent in front of them. Personally, I hope that he can make it work here and stays on to contribute to a winning team.
If you enjoyed this article, be sure to check out yesterday’s breakdown on Jermaine Ponder.