RB CLE (9)
Sun 1/9/22 4:41 PM

Johnson rushed 25 times for 123 yards and a touchdown and brought in his only target for 10 yards in the Browns' 21-16 win over the Bengals on Sunday.
EDGE Analysis
With nothing to play for in terms of the postseason and backup Case Keenum helming the offense, head coach Kevin Stefanski opted to give some other reserves a chance to showcase their skills, and Johnson cashed in nicely on the opportunity. The talented 25-year-old already had demonstrated his ability to serve as a legitimate lead back when called upon earlier this season, so his strong showing against a short-handed Bengals defense looking ahead to the playoffs wasn't completely surprising. Johnson finishes the season with 534 rushing yards and another 137 yards through the air, but with Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt in front of him, his path to meaningful playing time could well continue to hinge on injuries in front of him if he remains in Cleveland. However, Johnson is a restricted free agent, so there's a chance he did enough this season to warrant interest from other clubs depending on the qualifying offer the Browns extend.