4. Cleveland Browns RB D’Ernest Johnson
Without question. D’Ernest Johnson is one player the fans route for.
He was a gulf fisherman before finally earning his NFL chance with the Browns and in truth, he did fine last season as Cleveland’s No.3 backup.
He earned his way into our orange-blooded hearts coming up huge in Cleveland’s thrilling win over Dallas–the same game in which Nick Chubb went down with a knee injury. On 13 carries, Johnson had 95 yards.
Cleveland has a new weapon, though, in Demetric Felton–a sixth-round pick out of UCLA who projects as a 3rd-down back. He has good hands and may even be able to line up at slot receiver.
If there’s a saving grace for Johnson, it may be on special teams, as the Browns really don’t have any hook to hang their hat on on kickoffs or punt returns.
Kickoffs, which Johnson primarily handled, are basically a non-play anymore in today’s NFL. Perhaps he gets a shot at punts this preseason. If he does, he’ll have to make the most of it.