4. Duke Johnson
Adding Carlos Hyde via free agency and drafting Nick Chubb will help the running back. Duke Johnson was arguably the best player Cleveland had on offense in 2017 but because of the additions this offseason, he won’t be in 2018.
Exactly how Todd Haley implements him in his offense while splitting the workload with Hyde and Chubb remains to be seen. Given his ability to be a reliable option in the passing game could lead to more formations with Johnson split out wide and/or in the slot with Hyde or Chubb in the backfield.
With contract negotiations for a new long-term deal, Johnson needs to take advantage of his opportunities he will see. Playing alongside Hyde, Tyrod Taylor, and others are going to make Johnson’s role much easier. In 2017, Johnson racked up 348 rushing yards on 82 carries. He also accumulated 693 receiving yards via 74 receptions.
Given the upgrades added on offense everywhere outside of tight end, Johnson is not going to be the focal point on offense. Despite that, Johnson can and should still put up respectable numbers. In addition, since Johnson can line up nearly anywhere and make a play, he could end up being the X-factor to how successful the Browns’ offense ultimately is.