Browns will not move Duke Johnson to receiver

#1 von liny195 , 22.11.2018 08:46

The Cleveland Browns will not be moving Duke Johnson to wide receiver despite his desire and apparent ability to make the switch.With Corey Coleman gone White Seth DeValve Jersey , and Johnson having played the slot receiver position some last season, it seemed like Cleveland might toss around the idea of changing Johnson’s position.He even recently said he prefers the receiver position over running back.“I would rather play wide out,” Johnson said following Coleman’s trade to Buffalo. “I think that I enjoy wide out and have more fun playing wide out than I do playing running back.”But coach Hue Jackson shot down the position switch hoopla quickly, just hours after Johnson’s Monday morning pre-practice comments.“Let me make this clear, Duke’s position will not change,” Jackson said following Monday’s training camp session. “Will Duke get the opportunity to go out there as a back in our packages and play receiver? “Yes, he will.”So, while Jackson doesn’t envision swapping Johnson from running back to receiver, he has left the door open to continue to implement him into the game plan in different ways.On a team lacking weapons, one which has a suddenly crowded backfield after adding both Carlos Hyde and Nick Chubb this offseason, that seems to make total sense. It makes more sense than maybe anything else about this 2018 Browns team.“Duke is a very vital part of what we do on offense,” Jackson said. “He has been a playmaker ever since I have been here. He will continue to do that.”Johnson’s motivation to switch and prove himself as a receiver could have something to do with his future paychecks, which would likely land him a higher salary on his next deal. But he has was signed to three-year extension recently, so maybe he really does just enjoy catching the ball better than running it.But along with Jackson’s denial of a position swap, he isn’t getting much help from the team to aid his hopeful transition.Johnson said he hasn’t been included in any receiver meetings and isn’t receiving coaching on route-running, but that hasn’t kept him from putting in work to develop his route tree.“I have been working on it for a while now White JC Tretter Jersey ,” Johnson said. “Some [routes] are harder than others, but for the most part, I can do most of the things.”Look, depth chart and roster position designations are nice and give us warm and fuzzies so that we can try to wrap our heads around the inner workings of Jackson and Todd Haley’s brains. But they mean very little other than for pay scale and roster composition purposes.Those directing the Browns offense are going to find ways to get the ball into Johnson’s hands. Call him a running back, call him a wide receiver, call him whatever your heart desires, just make sure he gets the ball this fall.Browns vs. Giants 2018, NFL Preseason Week 1: Position Battles to Watch The Cleveland Browns take on the New York Giants on Thursday for their first game of the preseason, and for once, we don’t have to worry about who the No. 1 quarterback will be to start the regular season! That will allow us to turn our attention to other position battles. Here is a preview of what you should look for in the game from the Browns.Injury Report - Who's In, Who's Out?On offense, the following players are not expected to play:FB Danny Vitale (calf)TE Seth DeValve (quad)OL Kevin Zeitler (calf)OL Desmond Harrison (toe-PUP)On defense, the following players are not expected to play:DL Trevon Coley (ankle)DL Daniel Ekuale (calf)LB Justin Currie (concussion)Five Things to Look For1. Who Will Step Up at Receiver? A few months ago, the Browns’ receiver depth seemed to be shaping up pretty well with Jarvis Landry, Josh Gordon, Corey Coleman , and Antonio Callaway. Flashforward to today, and Landry is the only player we are certain about.It is still entirely possible (and in my opinion, likely) that Gordon and Callaway will both see significant action this season as part of the team’s top three receivers. Gordon isn’t here right now, though, and although Callaway made the trip to New York, it is uncertain whether the team will play him tonight. Personally, I think Callaway should play despite last Sunday’s issue. Here are the other candidates with a shot to make an impression, though:Rashard Higgins: Besides Landry, the third-year receiver has made the most noise in camp, although much of that production has come with Baker Mayfield under center against second-string defenses. Will the chemistry be there with Tyrod Taylor and against first-teamers?Jeff Janis: Packers fans often felt that Janis, a 6-3 speedster, was underrated and should have received more playing time.C.J. Board: In terms of receivers at the back end of the depth chart, Board has made the most noise, and a few preseason catches can boost one’s stock quickly.The other receivers on the roster include Damion Ratley, Da’Mari Scott, Derrick Willies White Darren Fells Jersey , and Evan Berry.2. Joel Bitonio at Left Tackle: The switch to left tackle for Joel Bitonio has been seamless in practice so far, even going up against Myles Garrett. It’s hard to imagine Hue Jackson changing his mind at this point; it only makes sense for Austin Corbett to start as well, and the only way that is probably happening this year is if he is at left guard.Nonetheless, it will be great to evaluate just how sharp Bitonio plays the left tackle position. Will he look like an immediate stud? Will there be a few technical or schematic things that become apparent he needs to work on through the rest of training camp? Also, I expect Greg Robinson to get the reps as the second-team left tackle over Shon Coleman, who I think will be back at right tackle. Cleveland still needs to figure out their best fallback plan at left tackle, just in case something with Bitonio doesn’t work out there.3. The Linebacker Rotation: After the Browns traded WR Corey Coleman, Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network noted that the Browns might not be done yet when it comes to trading a big-name player. The first name that pops into my head with that is Jamie Collins, with honorable mentions to Carl Nassib and Shon Coleman. Personally, I think Cleveland should definitely keep Collins and stay four-strong at the linebacker rotation, with Mychal Kendricks and Genard Avery being key rotational pieces. One of the things I want to see tonight is whether the Browns show any hint of not playing some of their linebackers 100% of the time. I know it’s only the preseason, but if Christian Kirksey and/or Joe Schobert are subbed out while the first-team defenses are still on the field, that will only be a positive sign to me. The Browns have already acknowledged this offseason the thought of keeping players fresher, and tonight might be the start of that.4. Utilization of Safeties and Cornerbacks: The strong safety position is the most up-in-the-air one in terms of playing time. I firmly believe that Gregg Williams wants to utilize both Derrick Kindred and Jabrill Peppers. Will they be on the field at the same time? Only one at a time? Who sees more reps — Kindred or Peppers? And how do their roles differ? We may only get to see a quarter of play from them, but I’ll definitely be going back to review how they were each utilized.Sticking with the defensive backs, the second cornerback spot , opposite rookie Denzel Ward, remains up-for-grabs. It was originally thought to be a competition between T.J. Carrie and E.J. Gaines, but camp has gone like this: Carrie started and kept getting beat by the now-departed Corey Coleman, Gaines hasn’t made any headlines, and Terrance Mitchell came out of no where to replace Carrie in the starting lineup. There is still a long way to go before Week 1, though, so every preseason game counts for Mitchell, Carrie, and Gaines.5. Stopping Saquon Barkley: For awhile, many Browns fans had their hearts set on drafting RB Saquon Barkley. Instead, he went No. 2 overall to the New York Giants, giving Pat Shurmur an exciting weapon to work with, as you can see in the highlights below. Barkley will no doubt be featured with the Giants’ first-team offense this week, and I want to see how well Larry Ogunjobi on the inside and Emmanuel Ogbah on the outside combine to slow his debut. The Giants’ offensive line got a little boost this offseason with the signing of Nate Solder at left tackle and the drafting of left guard Will Hernandez at No. 24 overall.Game ThreadOur game thread on Dawgs By Nature will go live at 6:00 PM ET on Thursday, which is an hour before kickoff. Be sure to check in for the first preseason game of the year!

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