It only took eight weeks and a new coaching staff for the Cleveland Browns to finally give running back Duke Johnson Jr. the ball. It's not like they gave him fewer snaps in previous weeks, but the Browns are finally utilizing him the way they should. Sorry Hue, but the Browns are already doing better without you.


The Browns lost to the ​Kansas City Chiefs, as expected, on Sunday and they're now 2-6-1, but they've shown signs of hope for a bright future. Involving Johnson more will help that cause and make the offense more dynamic.

Johnson is one of the more versatile backs in the league and was not utilized this season mostly because of the deep backfield with rookie Nick Chubb and former San Francisco 49ers running back Carlos Hyde. It's just Chubb and Johnson now with Hyde being traded to Jacksonville, and Johnson is starting to emerge. 


He's still getting the same amount of snaps, but it seems there were a few plays designed specifically for him and Mayfield is looking to get him the ball.

Just look at those numbers. Is that not enough to convince the Browns that Johnson needs the ball more, regardless of the scenario? Cleveland has plenty of weapons on offense and should be utilizing each one as best they can.


Even defensive-minded Gregg Williams knows that.