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Browns 2016 training camp position breakdown: RBs

We're less than two weeks out from the Browns' first training camp under head coach Hue Jackson.

As such, we'll dive deep into each position group and analyze what we'll be looking for when practice resumes July 29.

We previewed Cleveland's quarterbacks on Monday, so let's take a look at who's lining up behind them. 


The cast

Isaiah Crowell

Duke Johnson Jr.

Raheem Mostert

Glenn Winston

Terrell Watson


Malcolm Johnson

Patrick Skov

What happened at OTAs? With run game coordinator/running backs coach Kirby Wilson in the fold, the unit looked sharp throughout OTAs and minicamp. Johnson and Crowell assumed the majority of reps with the first-team offense, but the rest of the room — especially Mostert, whom the Browns claimed in December — proved their worth and should be firmly in the mix for a spot on the 53-man roster.

Under the radar: As mentioned above, keep an eye on Mostert, whose speed and versatility could make him an impact player on special teams. Watson, who spent last season in Cincinnati alongside Hue Jackson, has also had a strong offseason. Winston, who enters his third season with the Browns, is also expected to compete for a spot, having been member of Cleveland's special teams over the past few years.

Variables to consider: How many fullbacks will the Browns keep on the roster? How will the offense balance the talents of the running backs — namely Crowell and Johnson — who complimented each other in the ground game last season? Jackson and the coaching staff have made it clear Cleveland will be a "run-oriented" offense and it should be intriguing to watch how the Browns go about making good on that approach. If they can, expect the pass game to open up and the offense to take a step in the right direction after a one-dimensional 2015.  

Quote to note: "Those two guys are as good as I've seen in awhile. Their talent is extreme." — Hue Jackson in May when asked about Crowell and Johnson.

How many were kept last year?: Three RBs, one FB on the 53-man roster​; Mostert claimed in December; Watson signed to reserved/futures list in January; Winston elevated to active roster in November

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