Isaiah Crowell
Isaiah Crowell
25-Year-Old Running BackRB
New York Jets
2018 Fantasy Outlook
The Browns made it clear in the offseason they intended to upgrade their backfield - eventually signing Carlos Hyde and drafting Nick Chubb - so Crowell took the hint and signed with the Jets as a free agent. While he isn't the most dynamic runner and failed to put together a 1,000-yard season in Cleveland, he never missed a game in four years and gives the Jets a stable presence atop the depth chart, something they'd been lacking with Matt Forte. Crowell's best asset is his acceleration, as he hits holes and gets to the second level quickly, but then lacks the top speed or elusiveness to take full advantage. He showed flashes of three-down potential in 2016 and could produce interesting numbers if he gets more opportunities as a receiver, but more likely he'll be in a timeshare alongside Bilal Powell, with coach Todd Bowles riding the hot hand. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a three-year, $12 million contract with the Jets in March of 2018.
Takes step back in Week 6
RBNew York Jets
October 14, 2018
Crowell rushed for 40 yards on 13 carries and added 12 yards on two catches during Sunday's 42-34 win over Indianapolis.
ANALYSIS
There was nowhere else to go but down after his monster Week 6 showing against Denver, but that didn't make his outing against the Colts any prettier. Crowell has run hot and cold thus far this season. In games against Detroit and Denver, he averaged an incredible 12.8 yards per carry. He's averaging just 2.4 yards per carry in his other four games. It doesn't seem too promising that he has a Detroit- or Denver-like performance Sunday against a stingy Minnesota run defense giving up just 4.0 yards per carry.
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Snap Counts
  • 2018 Offensive Snaps:
    158
  • 2018 Special Teams Snaps:
    0
 
Off Snaps:
ST Snaps:
2016
568
1
2017
536
0
2018
158
0
Measurables Overview

(Compared to other RBs)

Height:   5' 11"
ABOVE AVERAGE
Weight:   225 lbs
ABOVE AVERAGE
40-Yard Dash:   4.57 sec
WEAK
Shuttle Time:   4.51 sec
TERRIBLE
Cone Drill:   7.25 sec
TERRIBLE
Arm Length:   31.38 in
ABOVE AVERAGE
Hand Length:   9.25 in
AVERAGE
Vertical Jump:   38 in
ELITE
Broad Jump:   117 in
AVERAGE
Bench Press:   23 reps
GOOD
New York Jets Team Injury Report
Questionable
Doubtful
Out
Past Fantasy Outlooks
2017
2016
2015
2014
The 24-year-old put together his best NFL campaign in 2016, rushing for nearly 1,000 yards while making an impact in the passing game, and as a result Crowell will head into this season firmly established as the No. 1 back in Cleveland. While he didn't have much of a reputation as a game-breaker prior to last year, he finished in the top 10 in the league in runs of 15 yards or more and average yards after contact per touch, a combination which led him to a career-high 4.8 YPC. It's possible Crowell just needed some time to mature following a checkered college career that saw him kicked out of Georgia due to off-field issues. On the field, he shows good vision and patience, and while he doesn't have elite speed or elusiveness, he does have the burst to get to the second level when he finds a hole. The offense around him does him no favors, though the Browns did sign guard Kevin Zeitler away from the Bengals to upgrade an offense line that was already the team's relative strength. Duke Johnson figures to have a key role on passing downs and as a chance-of-pace runner, but Crowell managed four 100-yard games last year under similar circumstances, and if he remains focused and motivated he should be able to produce once again.
If you're looking for splashy highlight plays, Crowell isn't your guy. Of the 34 RBs who topped 1,000 total rushing yards combined the last two collective seasons, Crowell has the fourth-worst average rush (3.94). He's a meat-and-potatoes back, someone who looks to find a little daylight in between the tackles, take what's available and get to the ground. Mind you, you can accrue a modest amount of fantasy value if you do that enough times. Crowell has landed just inside the top 30 in basic scoring at RB the last two years, grinding along in his unexciting way. He's boosted his haul with 13 touchdowns. The Browns are likely to use Crowell and Duke Johnson like they did last year, but we're a little more excited about that duo because Hue Jackson — a noted rushing-game whisperer — has taken over the head job.
An undrafted free agent last year, Crowell found himself with consistent work in the season's second half after the Browns gave up on Ben Tate. He formed an adequate backfield tandem with fellow rookie Terrence West, using his vision and elusiveness to tear off some big runs while West did the dirty work in the trenches. Crowell doesn't break many tackles or run away from tacklers, and he isn't an asset as a receiver or in pass protection, but he's tough to square up and can use his impressive initial burst to get to the second level. He should also benefit from running behind a good offensive line, albeit one that struggle with allowing penetration last season. Cleveland used a third-round pick on Duke Johnson, who will likely make an immediate impact as a receiver while Crowell and West compete for early-down work. Although touted as the favorite to start in Week 1, Crowell has plenty of competition for touches.
Crowell will compete for a reserve running back role with the Browns in 2014. He'll have to fight off the likes of Edwin Baker, Dion Lewis and Chris Ogbonnaya to earn reps behind primary backs Ben Tate and Terrance West.
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Ready to roll Week 6
RBNew York Jets
October 14, 2018
Crowell (ankle) is active for Sunday's game against the Colts.
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Expected to play Sunday
RBNew York Jets
Ankle
October 13, 2018
Crowell (ankle), who is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Colts, is expected to play, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
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Game-day decision
RBNew York Jets
Ankle
October 12, 2018
Crowell (ankle/questionable) is considered a game-day decision for Sunday's game against the Colts after logging a limited practice Friday, Eric Allen of the Jets' official site reports.
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Spotted with helmet
RBNew York Jets
Ankle
October 12, 2018
Crowell (ankle) was spotted with a helmet at Friday's practice, Ethan B. Greenberg of the Jets' official site reports.
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Listed as non-participant
RBNew York Jets
Ankle
October 11, 2018
The Jets listed Crowell as a non-participant in Thursday's practice, Darryl Slater of NJ.com reports.
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