Duke Johnson
Duke Johnson
25-Year-Old Running BackRB
Cleveland Browns
2019 Fantasy Outlook
After posting career-best numbers as a receiver in 2017 and scoring seven total TDs - more than doubling his trips to the end zone from his first two seasons combined - Johnson was expected to see a significant role in the Browns backfield again last year, but instead his touches declined across the board. Part of the problem was Nick Chubb's emergence after being selected in the second round of the 2018 draft, but the rookie wasn't even a big factor in the passing game. The main issue was simply that the team's Baker Mayfield-led offense didn't settle for checkdowns as often as it had in the past under less aggressive QBs, and as a result Johnson saw career lows in targets, catches and receiving yards. His per-target production remained steady, however, and he actually posted a personal-best 5.0 YPC on his infrequent rushing attempts. On another team he might have gotten a look in a lead role by now, as Johnson complements his receiving skills with both power and elusiveness as a runner. But the Browns seem committed to Chubb as their lead runner, and they also brought in Kareem Hunt during the offseason A trade might be best for all parties, but until Hunt serves his eight-game suspension and seems ready to contribute, Johnson might be stuck in a diminished backup role once again. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a three-year, $15.61 million contract with the Browns in June of 2018.
Not at OTAs
RBCleveland Browns
May 15, 2019
Johnson isn't present Wednesday for the Browns' OTAs, marking the second straight day he's been absent, Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
A Tuesday report suggested the running back was present, but it turns out he didn't participate. He's still expected to show up for some portion of OTAs, despite the common knowledge that he's frustrated with his lack of long-term role security after the Browns signed Kareem Hunt. The team doesn't seem interested in honoring Johnson's trade request, as Hunt will serve a suspension for the first eight games of the season. The backfield will start to feel awfully crowded if Johnson and Nick Chubb are both healthy and still on the team in October when Hunt is gearing up for his return. The trade deadline is Oct. 29 (after Week 8), while Hunt should be eligible to play starting with Nov. 10 against Buffalo (Week 10).
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How do Duke Johnson's 2018 advanced stats compare to other running backs?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Broken Tackle %
    The number of broken tackles divided by rush attempts.
  • Positive Run %
    The percentage of run plays where he was able to gain positive yardage.
  • % Yds After Contact
    The percentage of his rushing yards that came after contact.
  • Avg Yds After Contact
    The average rushing yards he gains after contact.
  • Rushing TD %
    Rushing touchdowns divided by rushing attempts. In other words, how often is he scoring when running the ball.
  • Touches Per Game
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) he is averaging per game
  • % Snaps w/Touch
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) divided by offensive snaps played.
  • Air Yards Per Game
    The number of air yards he is averaging per game. Air yards measure how far the ball was thrown downfield for both complete and incomplete passes. Air yards are recorded as a negative value when the pass is targeted behind the line of scrimmage. All air yards data is from Sports Info Solutions and does not include throwaways as targeted passes.
  • Air Yards Per Snap
    The number of air yards he is averaging per offensive snap.
  • % Team Air Yards
    The percentage of the team's total air yards he accounts for.
  • % Team Targets
    The percentage of the team's total targets he accounts for.
  • Avg Depth of Target
    Also known as aDOT, this stat measures the average distance down field he is being targeted at.
  • Catch Rate
    The number of catches made divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Drop Rate
    The number of passes he dropped divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Avg Yds After Catch
    The number of yards he gains after the catch on his receptions.
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% Team Targets
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Drop Rate
Avg Yds After Catch
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do Duke Johnson's measurables compare to other running backs?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
5' 9"
210 lbs
40-Yard Dash
4.54 sec
Vertical Jump
33.5 in
Broad Jump
121 in
Hand Length
9.25 in
Arm Length
30.38 in
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Johnson made a leap in 2017, setting career highs in targets, catches and receiving yards, while his seven touchdowns were more than double what he produced the prior two seasons combined. At 5-9, 210, Johnson is bigger than the typical third-down scatback, and his elusiveness and surprising power make him extremely difficult to bring down. He ranked fourth among running backs by generating nearly one missed tackle for every three touches, the second consecutive season in which he's been among the league leaders in that category. Despite Johnson's prowess with the ball in his hands, the limitations of his role in a bad Cleveland offense prevented him from rushing for more than 54 yards in any game last year, and that situation is not likely to change this season. The Browns signed Carlos Hyde as a free agent before nabbing Nick Chubb with the 35th overall pick in this year's draft, and those two should serve as the primary ballcarriers in an offense that at some point will be working in No. 1 overall pick Baker Mayfield at quarterback. Whichever back is in the lead role, Johnson's spot on passing downs is secure, but his path to a significant jump in touches is a narrow one.
Johnson's second NFL season was nearly identical to his first in terms of raw yardage, but there were some encouraging signs for his development. His yards per carry increased dramatically and his yards per reception also rose, despite dealing with erratic quarterback play that cost him a few catches. He showed his elite elusiveness and open-field ability by finishing second in the NFL in missed tackles forced per touch and fifth in yards after contact per touch. Johnson has good size at 5-9, 210, but he gets typecast as a passing-down back in Cleveland, despite turning six of his 73 carries last season into runs of 15 yards or more, the fifth-best rate in the league. Isaiah Crowell's strong campaign in 2016 has a lot to do with that, and it puts a firm limit on Johnson's ceiling if the current backfield arrangement holds. Fortunately for Johnson, passing downs should remain common for the Browns as they continue their rebuild and play from behind more often than not, so he could see enough touches in 2017 to approach 1,000 combined yards even at his current position on the depth chart.
The Browns didn’t use Johnson much during the first three weeks, easing the rookie into the NFL wars. But he got going in Week 4 at San Diego (116 total yards, TD catch) and was one of the league’s best pass-catching backs for the rest of the year. If you grade all the PPR backs over the final three months, Johnson checks out as the No. 18 option. Most of that was made through yardage, as he only scored two touchdowns. Johnson is a bit undersized and far from a complete player — that 3.8 YPC leaves you a little cold, and Cleveland only gave him about seven rushes per week. But his pass-catching skills will be portable to many different game situations, and we’re excited to see what new head coach Hue Johnson is able to cook up. While Johnson might not have a monstrous upside, the arrow is still pointing up here. And given the ordinary receivers currently on the Browns roster, Johnson has an excellent chance to lead the team in catches.
While first-round selections Melvin Gordon and Todd Gurley dominated the running back talk heading into this year's draft, the next tier of backs wasn't too bad either, and third-round pick Johnson could end up being the best of the bunch. Drawing comparisons to Gio Bernard, Johnson runs with deceptive power for his 5-9 frame, but his true calling card is incredible elusiveness and explosiveness, as he's capable of turning even the smallest seam into a big gain. He's also a polished receiver with the potential to be a three-down back once he improves his blitz pickups. With Terrence West (last year's third-round pick) handling short-yardage situations, Johnson should duck some between-the-tackles punishment and hopefully avoid the injuries that checkered his college career. While second-year player Isaiah Crowell is also a threat to Johnson's playing time, it would be an upset if the rookie didn't emerge with a large role in the Cleveland backfield.
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Returns to team for OTAs
RBCleveland Browns
May 14, 2019
Johnson is present Tuesday for the start of OTAs, Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
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Staying away from team
RBCleveland Browns
April 24, 2019
Johnson is absent from the Browns' voluntary minicamp this week, Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
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Endorsed by GM
RBCleveland Browns
April 18, 2019
General manager John Dorsey said Thursday that Johnson is seen "as a vital part of this offense moving forward," Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
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Angling for trade
RBCleveland Browns
April 2, 2019
Johnson's agent has asked the Browns to trade him, Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
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Skipping voluntary workouts
RBCleveland Browns
April 1, 2019
Johnson isn't present Monday for the start of the Browns' voluntary offseason program, Scott Petrak of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram reports.
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