Duke Johnson
Duke Johnson
25-Year-Old Running BackRB
Cleveland Browns
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Johnson made a leap in 2017, setting career highs in targets, catches and receiving yards, while his seven touchdowns were more than double what he produced the prior two seasons combined. At 5-9, 210, Johnson is bigger than the typical third-down scatback, and his elusiveness and surprising power make him extremely difficult to bring down. He ranked fourth among running backs by generating nearly one missed tackle for every three touches, the second consecutive season in which he's been among the league leaders in that category. Despite Johnson's prowess with the ball in his hands, the limitations of his role in a bad Cleveland offense prevented him from rushing for more than 54 yards in any game last year, and that situation is not likely to change this season. The Browns signed Carlos Hyde as a free agent before nabbing Nick Chubb with the 35th overall pick in this year's draft, and those two should serve as the primary ballcarriers in an offense that at some point will be working in No. 1 overall pick Baker Mayfield at quarterback. Whichever back is in the lead role, Johnson's spot on passing downs is secure, but his path to a significant jump in touches is a narrow one. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a three-year, $15.61 million contract with the Browns in June of 2018.
Abysmal showing against Panthers
RBCleveland Browns
December 10, 2018
Johnson carried the ball twice for negative six yards during Sunday's 26-20 win over the Panthers.
ANALYSIS
Johnson's involvement in the offense continues to be nearly nonexistent. Sunday's contest marked the first game all season in which Johnson wasn't targeted as a receiver, and his negative six rushing yards also marked a season low. With rookie Nick Chubb continuing to dominate the snaps and workload, the 25-year-old back has just seven carries for 25 yards and six receptions for 66 yards over the past four games.
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Advanced NFL Stats
How do Duke Johnson's 2018 advanced stats compare to other running backs?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Broken Tackle %
    The number of broken tackles divided by the number of times he touched the ball.
  • Positive Run %
    The percentage of run plays where he was able to gain positive yardage.
  • % Yds After Contact
    The percentage of his rushing yards that came after contact.
  • Avg Yds After Contact
    The average rushing yards he gains after contact.
  • Rushing TD %
    Rushing touchdowns divided by rushing attempts. In other words, how often is he scoring when running the ball.
  • Touches Per Game
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) he is averaging per game
  • % Snaps w/Touch
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) divided by offensive snaps played.
  • Air Yards Per Game
    The number of air yards he is averaging per game. Air yards measure how far the ball was thrown downfield for both complete and incomplete passes. Air yards are recorded as a negative value when the pass is targeted behind the line of scrimmage. All air yards data is from Sports Info Solutions and does not include throwaways as targeted passes.
  • Air Yards Per Snap
    The number of air yards he is averaging per offensive snap.
  • % Team Air Yards
    The percentage of the team's total air yards he accounts for.
  • % Team Targets
    The percentage of the team's total targets he accounts for.
  • Avg Depth of Target
    Also known as aDOT, this stat measures the average distance down field he is being targeted at.
  • Catch Rate
    The number of catches made divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Drop Rate
    The number of passes he dropped divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Avg Yds After Catch
    The number of yards he gains after the catch on his receptions.
Broken Tackle %
6.1%
 
Positive Run %
76.7%
 
% Yds After Contact
82.9%
 
Avg Yds After Contact
3.9
 
Rushing TD %
0.0%
 
Touches Per Game
5.1
 
% Snaps w/Touch
18.1%
 
Air Yards Per Game
5.3
 
Air Yards Per Snap
0.19
 
% Team Air Yards
1.7%
 
% Team Targets
10.4%
 
Avg Depth of Target
1.5 Yds
 
Catch Rate
76.6%
 
Drop Rate
4.3%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
10.2
 
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This Week's Opposing Pass Defense
How does the Panthers pass defense compare to other NFL teams this season?
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Sunday, Dec 9th at 1:00PM
Overall QB Rating Against
94.7
 
Cornerbacks
88.7
 
Safeties
109.8
 
Linebackers
97.4
 
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do Duke Johnson's measurables compare to other running backs?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
Height
5' 9"
 
Weight
210 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.54 sec
 
Vertical Jump
33.5 in
 
Broad Jump
121 in
 
Hand Length
9.25 in
 
Arm Length
30.38 in
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2017
2016
2015
Johnson's second NFL season was nearly identical to his first in terms of raw yardage, but there were some encouraging signs for his development. His yards per carry increased dramatically and his yards per reception also rose, despite dealing with erratic quarterback play that cost him a few catches. He showed his elite elusiveness and open-field ability by finishing second in the NFL in missed tackles forced per touch and fifth in yards after contact per touch. Johnson has good size at 5-9, 210, but he gets typecast as a passing-down back in Cleveland, despite turning six of his 73 carries last season into runs of 15 yards or more, the fifth-best rate in the league. Isaiah Crowell's strong campaign in 2016 has a lot to do with that, and it puts a firm limit on Johnson's ceiling if the current backfield arrangement holds. Fortunately for Johnson, passing downs should remain common for the Browns as they continue their rebuild and play from behind more often than not, so he could see enough touches in 2017 to approach 1,000 combined yards even at his current position on the depth chart.
The Browns didn’t use Johnson much during the first three weeks, easing the rookie into the NFL wars. But he got going in Week 4 at San Diego (116 total yards, TD catch) and was one of the league’s best pass-catching backs for the rest of the year. If you grade all the PPR backs over the final three months, Johnson checks out as the No. 18 option. Most of that was made through yardage, as he only scored two touchdowns. Johnson is a bit undersized and far from a complete player — that 3.8 YPC leaves you a little cold, and Cleveland only gave him about seven rushes per week. But his pass-catching skills will be portable to many different game situations, and we’re excited to see what new head coach Hue Johnson is able to cook up. While Johnson might not have a monstrous upside, the arrow is still pointing up here. And given the ordinary receivers currently on the Browns roster, Johnson has an excellent chance to lead the team in catches.
While first-round selections Melvin Gordon and Todd Gurley dominated the running back talk heading into this year's draft, the next tier of backs wasn't too bad either, and third-round pick Johnson could end up being the best of the bunch. Drawing comparisons to Gio Bernard, Johnson runs with deceptive power for his 5-9 frame, but his true calling card is incredible elusiveness and explosiveness, as he's capable of turning even the smallest seam into a big gain. He's also a polished receiver with the potential to be a three-down back once he improves his blitz pickups. With Terrence West (last year's third-round pick) handling short-yardage situations, Johnson should duck some between-the-tackles punishment and hopefully avoid the injuries that checkered his college career. While second-year player Isaiah Crowell is also a threat to Johnson's playing time, it would be an upset if the rookie didn't emerge with a large role in the Cleveland backfield.
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Good to go Sunday
RBCleveland Browns
December 7, 2018
Johnson (personal) doesn't carry a designation into Sunday's game against the Panthers after practicing fully Friday, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
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Rejoins team Friday
RBCleveland Browns
Personal
December 7, 2018
Johnson (personal) has rejoined the team Friday after missing practice the last two days, Scott Petrak of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram reports.
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Status for Sunday uncertain
RBCleveland Browns
Personal
December 7, 2018
Johnson (personal) may not return to the team for Sunday's game against the Panthers, Michael Silver of NFL.com reports.
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Absent again Thursday
RBCleveland Browns
Personal
December 6, 2018
Johnson (personal) isn't participating in Thursday's practice, Scott Petrak of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram reports.
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Excused for personal reasons
RBCleveland Browns
Personal
December 5, 2018
Johnson missed practice Wednesday for personal reasons, Scott Petrak of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram reports.
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