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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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Browns RBs coach Kirby Wilson believes Isaiah Crowell has only "scratched the surface" and isn't "even in his prime yet."
"He saw what happens last year; when you work extremely hard, good things happen for you," said Wilson. "I think he enjoyed that limited success, and he’s hungry and eager and looking for even more." Crowell had some weeks where he disappeared due to game flow, but he still set a career high with 952 rushing yards while finishing ninth in the league in yards per carry (4.81). The 24-year-old has been going near the third-/fourth-round turn in early drafts. Jun 16 - 4:37 PM

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Speaking Wednesday, coach Hue Jackson said he's committed to running the ball more in 2017.

"Go look at my film," Jackson said, indicating that his history has always been to run the ball. He also believes Isaiah Crowell can "take it to another level" this season after rushing for 952 yards and seven touchdowns on 198 carries (4.8 YPC) last season, and the running back agrees, saying he is in for a "monster year." Crowell was the only running back in the top-20 in rushing last year to have fewer than 205 attempts. Now armed with one of the top offensive lines following the additions of RG Kevin Zeitler and C J.C. Tretter, along with the return of LG Joel Bitonio, Crowell has RB1 upside if the Browns commit to him.
May 31 - 1:51 PM

Isaiah Crowell is present for the start of OTAs.

Playing on a one-year tender, Crowell skipped voluntary workouts, and there were rumblings he would skip OTAs as well. He is back in the fold now and will attempt to prove he is worth an extension. Crowell is owed $2.75 million this year.
May 23 - 1:15 PM

Contract-year RB Isaiah Crowell could skip voluntary OTAs.

Crowell signed his RFA tender but may wait until minicamp to report after not getting an extension. It's a non-concern with the Browns returning the same offense under Hue Jackson. Crowell will make $2.75 million in 2017.
Source: ESPN
May 13 - 3:11 PM

Browns re-signed RB Isaiah Crowell to a one-year, $2.746 million contract.

It's the value of his second round tender. Crowell was hoping for an extension, but there hadn't been any progress since January. Cleveland wants see more from Crowell before committing to him after an uneven 2016. Behind a massively upgraded offensive line, Crowell projects as an upside RB2 pick for 2017.
May 10 - 7:57 PM

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

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

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Cody Kessler
2DeShone Kizer
3Brock Osweiler
4Kevin Hogan
RB1Isaiah Crowell
2Duke Johnson
3George Atkinson III
4Matt Dayes
5Terrence Magee
GLB1Isaiah Crowell
2Duke Johnson
3RB1Duke Johnson
2Isaiah Crowell
FB1Dan Vitale
WR11Kenny Britt
2Ricardo Louis
3Mario Alford
4Jordan Leslie
5Richard Mullaney
WR21Corey Coleman
2Rashard Higgins
3Jordan Payton
4Rannell Hall
5Josh Boyce
WR31Ricardo Louis
TE1David Njoku
2Seth DeValve
3Randall Telfer
4J.P. Holtz
5Taylor McNamara
LT1Joe Thomas
2Matt McCants
LG1Joel Bitonio
2Spencer Drango
3Anthony Fabiano
C1J.C. Tretter
2Gabe Ikard
3Austin Reiter
4Marcus Martin
RG1Kevin Zeitler
2John Greco
3Zach Sterup
4Chris Barker
RT1Shon Coleman
2Cameron Erving
3Roderick Johnson
K1Zane Gonzalez
2Cody Parkey