D'Ernest Johnson
RB CLE (9)
Tue 11/17/20 8:05 PM

Johnson garnered zero offensive snaps and five special-teams snaps during Sunday's 10-7 win against the Texans.
EDGE Analysis
With Nick Chubb returning from a knee injury that had held him out since Oct. 4, Johnson was relegated to a special-teams role. Johnson's involvement in the offense had been fading in recent appearances, as he only accumulated 51 scrimmage yards on 17 combined offensive touches Weeks 5 through 10, after racking up 95 yards on 13 carries the game Chubb went down against the Cowboys in Week 4. Heading into a matchup against the Eagles, Johnson sits a distant third on Cleveland's RB depth chart behind Chubb and Kareem Hunt.

D'Ernest Johnson
RB CLE (9)
Mon 11/2/20 8:20 AM

Johnson carried twice for six yards and caught his lone target for five yards in Sunday's 16-6 loss to the Raiders.
EDGE Analysis
Johnson's had a total of 17 touches in the four games since a breakout performance in the Week 4 win over Dallas. With a bye week looming and Nick Chubb (knee) eligible to return from injured reserve in Week 10, the loss to Las Vegas may have signified the window shutting on Johnson's offensive relevance.

D'Ernest Johnson
RB CLE (9)
Mon 10/26/20 8:49 AM1 Comment

Johnson had one carry for three yards and was not targeted in Sunday's 37-34 win over the Bengals.
EDGE Analysis
Since a 95-yard outburst in Week 4's win over the Cowboys, Johnson's had fewer touches in each successive week. He's gone from 13 touches to nine to four and now one as Kareem Hunt demonstrates he can handle a hefty workload. Johnson's window of opportunity is likely closing soon -- the Browns are at home Week 8 against Las Vegas before a bye week, and Nick Chubb (knee) is expected to return soon after that, which will relegate Johnson to No. 3 on the depth chart.

D'Ernest Johnson
RB CLE (9)
Mon 10/19/20 7:53 AM

Johnson carried four times for one yard and was targeted once in Sunday's 38-7 loss to Pittsburgh.
EDGE Analysis
Johnson and the rest of the running backs had few holes to hit and were of little need in Sunday's blowout. With Nick Chubb (knee) sidelined and Kareem Hunt (3.4 YPC) bottled up the last two games, there's opportunity for Johnson or Dontrell Hilliard to claim a larger role next week against the Bengals, who allow 142.3 rushing yards per game.

D'Ernest Johnson
RB CLE (9)
Mon 10/12/20 6:29 AM

Johnson had eight carries for 32 yards and caught his lone target for four yards in Sunday's 32-23 win over the Colts.
EDGE Analysis
Twenty-eight of Johnson's 32 yards came on one carry, but it was at an important time. The Browns were nursing a one-score lead and faced a third down with a little more than two minutes remaining when Johnson's run gave them a first down and put them in position for an eventual insurance field goal. Johnson moved up to second on the depth chart behind Kareem Hunt, as the Browns cope with the loss to Nick Chubb (knee). Coming off a 95-yard effort in Week 4, Johnson had cache heading into Week 5, particularly with Hunt limited at practices leading up to the game. Indianapolis' stout defense against the run -- it entered allowing 77.0 yards per game, fourth in the NFL -- bottled up Cleveland's ground game, which forced more from the passing game.

D'Ernest Johnson
RB CLE (9)
Thu 10/8/20 6:27 PM

Johnson could handle a significant role on offense with Nick Chubb (knee) on IR and expected to miss about six weeks, Jake Trotter of ESPN.com reports.
EDGE Analysis
Johnson worked alongside Kareem Hunt after Chubb was forced out of Cleveland's Week 4 win over the Cowboys, and he impressed while turning 13 carries into 95 yards. Though Kareem Hunt (groin) is the clear favorite to lead the Browns' backfield until late November, at which point Chubb could return, it wouldn't be out of the question for Johnson to see somewhere in the range of ten carries a week in one of the league's most potent rushing attacks. Additionally, Johnson would stand to inherit a hugely valuable role if Hunt were to exacerbate his groin injury.

D'Ernest Johnson
RB CLE (9)
Sun 10/4/20 4:43 PM

Johnson carried 13 times for 95 yards during Sunday's 49-38 win over the Cowboys.
EDGE Analysis
Johnson got involved in the offense after Nick Chubb (knee) left with an injury and gashed the Dallas defense for 7.3 yards per carry. His long gain went for 28 yards and he impressively finished with more carries than Kareem Hunt, who found the end zone twice on the day. Chubb was able to walk off under his own power, but the extent of his injury remains to be seen. If he is forced to sit out next Sunday's matchup with the Colts, Johnson could receive a healthy workload as a complementary option to Hunt.

D'Ernest Johnson
RB CLE (9)
Mon 9/28/20 7:21 AM

Johnson entered Sunday's game as the primary returner after JoJo Natson left in the second quarter due to a knee injury.
EDGE Analysis
Johnson gained zero yards on one punt return in the third quarter. He's played just three percent of the offensive snaps in 2020, so any contributions Johnson can make will likely come on special teams.

D'Ernest Johnson
RB CLE (9)
Sun 9/6/20 6:53 AM

Johnson made the Browns' 53-man roster, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
EDGE Analysis
Johnson slots in at third on the depth chart behind Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt. He beat out Dontrell Hilliard, who could return as a member of the practice squad. Johnson also has experience as a kick returner. He had four carries and seven targets in 16 games last season.

D'Ernest Johnson
RB CLE (9)
Wed 1/1/20 11:53 AM

Johnson returned two kickoffs for 76 yards and one punt for nine yards in a 33-23 loss to the Bengals in Week 17.
EDGE Analysis
Johnson returned the opening kickoff 47 yards, setting up Cleveland's first score 81 seconds into the game. The 23-year-old running back had some early contributions on offense in 2019 while Dontrell Hilliard was sidelined due to a concussion and while Kareem Hunt served an eight-game suspension. Once those two backs were available, however, Johnson mainly became a special-teams contributor. The all-purpose back from South Florida is under team control for another two seasons, so he's expected to compete for a job as the third running back and primary returner in 2020.