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Isaiah Crowell | Running Back | #34

Team: Cleveland Browns
Age / DOB:  (24) / 1/8/1993
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 225
College: Alabama State
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ESPN's Jeremy Fowler reports "at least three teams have inquired about" Browns restricted free agent RB Isaiah Crowell.
Crowell was tendered at the second-round level, making it unlikely he's tendered an offer sheet elsewhere. Crowell had a wildly uneven, but ultimately productive 2016. The former UDFA just turned 24 in January. He should lead the Browns' backfield in 2017. Mar 13 - 2:16 PM

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The Browns placed a second-round tender on restricted free agent Isaiah Crowell.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the two sides are working on a long-term deal. The $2.81 million tender will give the Browns more time to hash out details. Crowell started 2016 hot with 447 total yards and three touchdowns in the first four games. Hampered by an injury-marred offensive line, he slowed down considerably the rest of the way, but he still set career highs in carries (198), receptions (40), and total yards (1,271). The Browns have been linked with running backs this offseason, but the long-term negotiations suggest Crowell will remain atop the depth chart in 2017.
Feb 28 - 10:38 AM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Browns have reached a "stalemate" in extension talks with restricted free agent Isaiah Crowell.

RapSheet contends the sides were in "heavy talks" at one point. It doesn't make much sense for the Browns to commit long term to Crowell when they can retain him with a cheap restricted free agent tender. Crowell is a solid runner who averaged 4.8 yards per carry this past season, but his monetary value is minimal as a two-down grinder who already has over 500 NFL carries under his belt.
Jan 20 - 2:06 PM

Isaiah Crowell rushed 19 times for 152 yards in the Browns' Week 17 loss to the Steelers.

Crowell added three catches for 16 yards but also lost a critical fumble inside the Steelers' five-yard line with under a minute left in the fourth quarter and the score tied 21-21. It cost the Browns the win, one they probably didn't even want. Crowell got off to a scorching-hot start in 2016, rushing for 394 yards and three touchdowns in Week 1-4. But with the Browns getting creamed on a weekly basis and offensive linemen dropping like flies, Crowell had no chance to get a consistent workload. He ended the year strong, with 113- and 152-yard games in Weeks 14 and 17, falling 48 yards shy of 1,000 on the season. Crowell rushed 198 times for 952 yards (4.8 YPC) and seven touchdowns. He caught 40 passes for an additional 319 yards. Crowell will be a restricted free agent this offseason and should be brought back as the No. 1 back in 2017.
Jan 1 - 6:59 PM

Isaiah Crowell rushed 16 times for 54 yards and two touchdowns and caught 4-of-5 targets for four yards in the Browns' Week 16 win over the Chargers.

Crowell scored twice early from eight and four yards out to give the Browns a first-half lead. They never relinquished it, as Josh Lambo had a fourth-quarter field goal try blocked, then missed another field goal with time expiring. The Browns are now 1-14 and in a legitimate race with the tanking 49ers for the No. 1 overall pick. Expect Cleveland to get pasted in its Week 17 trip to Pittsburgh, putting the onus on San Francisco to lose out.
Sat, Dec 24, 2016 04:19:00 PM

Browns coach Hue Jackson admitted Monday that Isaiah Crowell's workload is dependent on game flow.

This goes without saying, but it's nice to hear things like this acknowledged by a coach. Jackson said he "wants to give Crowell 20 carries" every game, but he "has to make sure we're still in the game first, not trailing." Crowell managed eight touches on just 50 percent of the snaps in last week's blowout loss to Buffalo. The Browns should be able to keep Sunday's tilt with San Diego closer.
Mon, Dec 19, 2016 03:56:00 PM

Isaiah Crowell rushed eight times for 28 yards in the Browns' Week 15 loss to the Bills.

So much for last week's positive outing. Crowell got out-touched 10-8 by Duke Johnson, and couldn't get anything going against the Bills' hot-and-cold defense. Crowell has rushed for more than 30 yards just twice in his past seven games. Despite Robert Griffin III supposedly opening up rushing lanes, Crowell isn't a legitimate RB2. He'll be in the 28-32 range for Week 16 against the Chargers.
Sun, Dec 18, 2016 05:16:00 PM

Browns coach Hue Jackson said Isaiah Crowell is "a key to our future."

Jackson said he hopes to get Crowell to 1,000 yards this season, which would take 282 over the final three games, but he will not hold it against the back if he falls short. "If it happens, it happens," Jackson said. "I am not going to look at him any differently if it doesn’t. He is a good football player and a key to our future." If Jackson keeps his job, it sounds like Crowell should return as the lead back next season.
Sat, Dec 17, 2016 11:07:00 AM

Isaiah Crowell cruised to 113 yards on 10 carries and caught one-of-two targets for five yards Sunday in the Browns' Week 14 loss to the Bengals.

With Robert Griffin III looking completely overmatched in his return from a lengthy shoulder injury, the Browns wisely turned to Crowell, particularly in the second half where he rushed six times for 86 yards. Crowell made his living off big plays, breaking off runs of 42 and 30 yards. Sunday represented Crowell’s third 100-yard rushing game of the season and the fourth of his career. He’ll be in play as an RB3 next week at Buffalo.
Sun, Dec 11, 2016 04:56:00 PM

Browns RBs coach Kirby Wilson believes Robert Griffin III will help the team's struggling running game.

Isaiah Crowell has found zero success behind a crumbling offensive line over the last two months, but we have seen Griffin's mobility positively impact the running game in the past. It is possible we see a similar situation play out in Cleveland, but the way Griffin helps the running game is by being a threat to keep the ball himself, and it is unlikely the Browns want to put the brittle quarterback in that situation too often. That said, Kevin Hogan had some success running the zone read against Cincinnati the last time these two teams met. Even so, Crowell will remain a low-floor RB3.
Fri, Dec 9, 2016 12:12:00 PM

Isaiah Crowell rushed 16 times for 44 yards in the Browns' Week 12 loss to the Giants.

He also lost a fumble. Crowell managed a solid 6/47 line as a receiver, but remained stunningly ineffective as a runner. At this point, coach Hue Jackson doesn't have much excuse for sticking with Crowell as his lead back. It's time to see what elite college runner Duke Johnson can do between the tackles, but there's been no indication Hue Jax is considering a change. Crowell will be a middling RB3 when the Browns come off their bye in Week 14.
Sun, Nov 27, 2016 05:38:00 PM

Isaiah Crowell rushed eight times for 10 yards in the Browns' Week 11 loss to the Steelers.

Crowell "added" five receptions for 13 yards. Unable to get anything going behind a horrendous offensive line, Crowell has 167 yards rushing over his past seven games. That includes 37 in his past three. It hasn't helped Crowell's cause that coach Hue Jackson continually abandons the run at the drop of a hat, but Crowell isn't making him look bad for it. Crowell will be an RB3 against the Giants in Week 12.
Sun, Nov 20, 2016 05:24:00 PM

Coach Hue Jackson indicated he'd like to get back to running the ball more with Isaiah Crowell.

Crowell was an early-season darling, piling up 394 rushing yards and three touchdowns on 61 carries in the first four games of the year. Since Week 5, Crowell is averaging just 10 carries per game and has topped 29 yards once. "My fault," Jackson said. "We have not rushed the ball. I have to put him in better situations." Look for Crowell to become more of the focal point again down the stretch. He gets the Steelers at home this week. Pittsburgh is 31st in fantasy points allowed to running backs.
Wed, Nov 16, 2016 01:46:00 PM

Isaiah Crowell managed just 23 yards on nine carries and snagged three-of-five targets for 30 yards Thursday in the Browns' Week 10 loss to the Ravens.

Crowell was a productive fantasy player earlier this year, but you wouldn’t know it by the way he’s performed over his last six games. He’s eclipsed 30 yards rushing just once in that span with the lone exception coming against the Bengals in Week 7. If there’s a silver lining—and we’re not sure there is one—at least Crowell can hang his hat on the 93 receiving yards he’s piled up over the last two weeks. With Crowell playing poorly and game script consistently working against him, it’s safe to bench him until further notice.
Thu, Nov 10, 2016 11:36:00 PM

Isaiah Crowell rushed six times for four yards but caught all four of his targets for 63 yards Week 9 against the Cowboys.

Crowell caught a 44-yard pass up the seam from a gadget formation on the second play of the day, but that was about it for him in a game the Cowboys dominated from start to finish. Crowell now has less than 30 yards rushing in four of five games. He will be a risky RB3 play in a tough matchup against the Ravens next week.
Sun, Nov 6, 2016 04:29:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Brock Osweiler
2Cody Kessler
3Kevin Hogan
RB1Isaiah Crowell
2Duke Johnson
3George Atkinson III
4Darius Jackson
GLB1Isaiah Crowell
2Duke Johnson
3RB1Duke Johnson
2Isaiah Crowell
FB1Dan Vitale
WR11Corey Coleman
2Ricardo Louis
3Mario Alford
4Jordan Leslie
5James Wright
WR21Kenny Britt
2Rashard Higgins
3Jordan Payton
4Rannell Hall
5Josh Boyce
WR31Rashard Higgins
TE1Gary Barnidge
2Randall Telfer
3Seth DeValve
4J.P. Holtz
LT1Joe Thomas
2Cameron Erving
LG1Joel Bitonio
2Spencer Drango
3Marcus Martin
C1J.C. Tretter
2Marcus Martin
3Austin Reiter
4Anthony Fabiano
RG1Kevin Zeitler
2John Greco
3Alvin Bailey
RT1Shon Coleman
2Zach Sterup
K1Cody Parkey
2Brett Maher