D'Ernest Johnson
RB CLE (9)
Sun 8/15/21 9:39 AM

Johnson had five carries for 14 yards and caught two of three targets for 28 yards in Saturday's 23-13 win over Jacksonville in preseason Week 1.
EDGE Analysis
Neither Nick Chubb nor Kareem Hunt played the exhibition opener, so Johnson got the start for the Browns, which is understandable as the team's third back on the depth chart. Notably, Johnson didn't return kicks or punts, but that could be attributed to Johnson having to play a heavy load (for preseason) on offense.

D'Ernest Johnson
RB CLE (9)
Tue 8/3/21 10:06 PM

Johnson (personal) is back with the team at training camp, Anthony Poisal of the Browns' official site reports.
EDGE Analysis
Johnson has been getting most of work in camp as a returner. He's joined by Donovan Peoples-Jones, JoJo Natson, Ryan Switzer and Demetric Felton as potential returners.

D'Ernest Johnson
RB CLE (9)
Wed 7/28/21 10:42 PM

Johnson is not with the Browns as training camp opened Wednesday because he's attending the birth of his first child, Zac Jackson of The Athletic reports.
EDGE Analysis
Cleveland head coach Kevin Stefanski said Johnson should return to the team by the end of the week.

D'Ernest Johnson
RB CLE (9)
Mon 1/18/21 8:43 AM

Johnson did not play on offense and returned two kickoffs for 37 yards in Sunday's 22-17 playoff loss to Kansas City.
EDGE Analysis
Johnson was a distant third on the depth chart behind Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt all season while appearing in all 16 regular-season games and both playoff contests. He had 33 carries for 166 yards while playing 81 snaps. Both Chubb and Hunt are under contract for 2021, so no change is expected for the running back depth chart. Johnson will be the primary kick and punt returner entering 2021 training camp, but teams typically bring in other candidates to challenge for return jobs.

D'Ernest Johnson
RB CLE (9)
Mon 12/28/20 7:39 AM

Johnson returned three kickoffs for 79 yards and two punts for 13 yards in Sunday's 23-16 loss to the Jets.
EDGE Analysis
Johnson is normally Cleveland's kickoff returner, but he took on an added role on punt returns Sunday with Donovan Peoples-Jones added to the COVID-19 list for the game.

D'Ernest Johnson
RB CLE (9)
Fri 12/25/20 4:26 PM

Johnson (groin) doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday's game against the Jets, Scott Petrak of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram reports.
EDGE Analysis
The 24-year-old was limited by the groin injury at the start of the week, but he put in a full practice Friday to avoid the questionable tag. Johnson should handle kick return duties and work as Cleveland's No. 3 running back behind Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt on Sunday.

D'Ernest Johnson
RB CLE (9)
Wed 12/23/20 5:41 PM

Johnson (groin) was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice, Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
EDGE Analysis
Johnson ran out last Sunday's win over the Giants to provide Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt with some rest, logging four carries for 24 yards, but he appears to have gotten nicked up in the process. He'll have two more chances to upgrade his activity ahead of Week 16's road game against the Jets.

D'Ernest Johnson
RB CLE (9)
Mon 12/21/20 5:30 AM

Johnson had four carries for 24 yards and returned one kickoff for 16 yards in Sunday's 20-6 win over the Giants.
EDGE Analysis
Johnson had his first carries since Week 8, finishing the game on the Browns' final drive rather than risk injury to either Nick Chubb or Kareem Hunt. Since Chubb returned from an injury following a Week 9 bye, Johnson's been relegated to kick return duty.

D'Ernest Johnson
RB CLE (9)
Mon 11/30/20 9:07 AM

Johnson averaged 31 yards on three kickoff returns in Sunday's 27-25 win over Jacksonville.
EDGE Analysis
Johnson, who played three snaps as a running back, has fallen off the offensive radar since Nick Chubb returned from a knee injury, but he's resurfaced as the Browns' primary kick returner. He had 43-yard and 32-yard returns that put the Browns in position to respond to Jacksonville scores with their own points. As long as Chubb and Kareem Hunt stay healthy, Johnson will have to make contributions on special teams.

D'Ernest Johnson
RB CLE (9)
Mon 11/23/20 8:34 AM

Johnson played one snap on offense and five special-team snaps in Sunday's 22-17 win over the Eagles.
EDGE Analysis
While the Browns have become a run-dominant team, all the attention goes to Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt. Johnson's played one offensive snap since Chubb's return to the active roster Week 10. Johnson did lead the team in kickoff returns Sunday, getting two chances (40 yards) while rookie Donovan Peoples-Jones had one (30 yards).