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<!-- body { font:12px Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; color: #000; background-color: #EEF2FB; margin: 0px; } --> General manager John Dorsey should take his time and let the situation play itself out in due time." />Skip to main contentclockmenumore-arrownoyesHorizontal - WhiteDawgs EDTShareTweetShareShareNo need for the Browns to rush the decision on Duke JohnsonPhoto by Jason Miller/Getty ImagesThe Cleveland Browns have several items to check off this summer during training camp and the preseason.At the top of the list is filling the open position at right guard. They also need to round out the second unit on the defensive line and work on the configuration of the defensive secondary. General manager John Dorsey may also have to do something about running back Duke Johnson Desmond Harrison Jersey Stitched , who is entering his fifth season with the team and is currently seeking a trade. Johnson has been a bit of an enigma since joining the Browns as a third-round selection in the 2015 NFL Draft. On the one hand he always seems to make something happen when he has the ball, and he set a franchise record for receptions by a running back with 74 in 2017. But he has also seen his opportunities decline each year, from 104 rushing opportunities his rookie year to just 40 last season, as the Browns have worked to improve the running game. And after being targeted an average of 80 times a year in the passing game his first three seasons, Johnson only had 62 passes thrown his way last year and that number will likely decrease this year with wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. now on the roster.Johnson has shown up every week — never missing a game so far in his NFL career — and signed a contract extension with the Browns last summer despite experiencing firsthand the 1-31 nonsense of former head coach Hue Jackson.Now, with the emergence of running back Nick Chubb in the rushing game, the eventual return of running back Kareem Hunt from an eight-game suspension, and the elevation of the wide receiver group, Johnson is looking for a new opportunity somewhere other than Cleveland.Ken Blaze-USA TODAY SportsSo what is Dorsey to do?Befitting a player that three head coaches (two full time and one interim) could never figure out what to do with, exactly, the options are all over the board regarding Johnson’s future. There is the measured approach E.J. Gaines Jerseys Stitched , as championed by Scott Petrak at The Chronicle-Telegram:There is the “let’s move on already” approach, presented by Mary Kay Cabot at points for letting Luther Campbell of 2 Live Crew help fuel your opinion:Finally, there is the unhinged argument of cutting Johnson and getting nothing in return to … send a message? … as presented by Nate Davis at USA Today:So back to the original question: what should the Browns do with Johnson?Releasing him is absurd and should be a complete non-starter if anyone within the halls of Browns HQ were to ever bring it up. Johnson may no longer have a role on the Browns, but it is silly to try and argue that he is not a viable NFL player. He’s tough, reliable and is an asset in the passing game. Saying the Browns should trade him for whatever they can get to eliminate a “distraction” is a bit disingenuous. Johnson’s trade request is only a distraction if the media continues to bring it up to the coaches and players which, when you think about it, makes the media the distraction. Johnson has said he will not cause trouble and there is nothing in his time with the Browns to indicate that he is being dishonest. It’s true that his time in Cleveland may be winding down, but that doesn’t mean that Dorsey should not maximize his value. Which brings us to option three, which is to keep Johnson on the roster — at least for now. It is likely that a team will find itself in need of a running back near the end of the preseason due to an injury or an unexpected turn of events with a player. When that day comes, Dorsey can then look to make a deal on even ground. Waiting will also give the Browns more opportunities to see what second-year running back Dontrell Hilliard can bring to the field. The coaching staff seems pretty high on Hilliard’s ability, but he only had nine receptions and zero rushing attempts last season Youth Jarvis Landry Jersey , so maybe it would be prudent to see a bit more of what he can do before reaching any conclusions. If nothing materializes before the start of the regular season, the Browns can simply keep Johnson on the roster and make the best of the situation. Hunt will not return until the second half of the season, and even though it will be the Chubb and Hunt show from that point forward, the Browns could use a player like Johnson in the early part of the season. Baker Mayfield was in the same area code as former teammate Dimitri Flowers on Monday.The former Sooner fullback worked out with the Cleveland Browns, along with several other players including former TCU receiver John Diarse, according to the Houston Chronicle’s Aaron Wilson.After going undrafted, Flowers landed with the New York Jets before being dumped during final roster cuts. The running back-needy Jaguars signed him to their practice squad on Oct. 10, then released him two days later to sign former Alabama running back Bo Scarbrough.Flowers was a multi-use fullback who Mayfield utilized frequently as a pass-catcher in 2017. He finished his four years at Oklahoma with 54 catches for 886 yards and 13 touchdowns. Flowers added four short-yardage rushing touchdowns, all in his senior season.It’s unclear what role the Browns might envision for him, but the 6-foot-2 running back could be a signal the team is looking for an additional pass protector for Mayfield. As of now, the Browns have went without a traditional fullback.His connection to Mayfield and pass-catching ability is an obvious plus Jarvis Landry Jersey Stitched , which makes his workout at least a little bit interesting. The rookie quarterback could use a familiar face, especially a guy who has been a reliable target and safety valve for him in the past.Diarse is a less interesting name, but the Browns do need receiver help. The 6-foot-1 receiver went undrafted after catching 96 balls for 1,429 yards and nine touchdowns in two years with LSU and two seasons at TCU.It’s unclear who the other tryouts were, but it’s a safe bet they were similar players who the Browns wanted to take a look at for reserve or practice squad roles.The Browns need to make a roster move to replace receiver Rod Streater, who is out for the season after breaking his neck during a special teams collision with teammate Denzel Rice in Week 6.Unfortunately, the Browns are still down to four active receivers again this week after signing Breshad Perriman last Saturday. He’ll be asked to learn quickly and probably play snaps in Tampa Bay unless the team makes a quick move to address the depleted position.

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