Anything Isaiah Crowell says this year can quickly become noteworthy as he plays for a big contract before he hits the free agency market next offseason.
With Duke Johnson potentially shifting to the slot as a receiver on more plays, Crowell is presumably looking at a much larger role in both the running and passing games. And that larger role, assuming he excels in both facets, could mean a significant amount of money is coming his way on his next contract.
And for coach Hue Jackson’s dual-use stratagem of Johnson to work, Crowell’s going to have to be much more involved in the passing game, and effective in executing it.
“Catching the ball out of the backfield, I feel I’m getting more of an opportunity to do so,” Crowell said before Saturday’s practice.”
Crowell has 68 receptions in three seasons with the Browns.

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