Cleveland Browns: 4 names on bubble in preseason opener vs Jaguars

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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.

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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.