The Browns extended running back Duke Johnson’s contract this offseason, but they haven’t increased his role, or even maintained it through the season’s first five weeks.
Although he played 51 percent of team’s offensive snaps last week, a sharp increase, that bump was primarily due to game flow.
“Duke, I think he played more plays than normal,” offensive coordinator Todd Haley said of Johnson’s usage in Week 5. “We were in third down a bunch and two-minute, and at the end of the game two-minute, we had a lot of situations that got him in there, but I thought he made the most of his opportunities.”
Johnson is being leaned on for his pass-blocking ability, and the threat he provides as a receiver out of the backfield, but he isn’t getting the ball very often.

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