Cleveland Browns: Another week down and another week without Matthew Dayes

CLEVELAND, OH - AUGUST 21: Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie
CLEVELAND, OH - AUGUST 21: Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie /

To help the Cleveland Browns’ offense, another rookie needs to be utilized routinely.

On Sunday, there were so many issues on offense for the Cleveland Browns that eliminating one would not have help their chances. If Cleveland had a half way decent wide receiving corp, then some of their problems would not exist.

Until that time comes when that is not the case, head coach Hue Jackson will have to make some adjustments — including those he probably prefers not to do.

I am still holding out hope that running back Isaiah Crowell can turn things around. Once the offensive line starts to gel more, a positive impact out of him should happen. I say should though because he hasn’t been the most focused on the task at hand.

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Regardless of what happens with Crowell, the Browns’ best play-making option is running back Duke Johnson. The former Miami (FL) is the most reliable player quarterback DeShone Kizer can hope for this season, whether he is in the backfield or in the slot.

No, Johnson hasn’t achieved a  combined 1,000 yard season yet. However, that speaks more on the lack of options in Cleveland and the fact the team can’t use him properly.

With that in mind, have you noticed someone who could help the offense but hasn’t been given the opportunity? You are right if you have as that person is running back Matthew Dayes.

The former NC State product did not receive one rushing attempt or pass target in Week 2 versus the Baltimore Ravens and the same thing occurred again Sunday versus the Indianapolis Colts.

Now, Dayes did play versus against the Colts but he was doing so on special teams. With more than a three to one pass-run ratio in Week 3, it is clear as day that Jackson needs to change things, starting with his play calls.

By implementing Dayes, who rightfully earned more playing time in the preseason than just on special teams, the whole offense could benefit. Crowell would still be the starter getting the majority share of carries with Dayes getting between 8-12 carries. Meanwhile, as Jackson sees fit, get Johnson the ball any way he can.

From traditional carries and misdirections to playing primarily in the slot, Johnson can make plays. Although Johnson is a RB, he is an athlete so use him as a wide receiver more.

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If Dayes were to upgrade the running game as much as some hopes for, play him even more. That would eventually decrease Crowell’s carries, but so be it especially if he doesn’t step up as the season moves on.