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Browns RB Duke Johnson ready to build off strong rookie year with more physicality

Duke Johnson is well aware the Browns anticipate having a run-oriented offense under first-year head coach Hue Jackson. He's also aware of what his role might be in that plan.

"I'm a lot more confident, like I know what I'm doing, I've got everything under my belt," said Johnson, who met with reporters Saturday before the team's second day of training camp.

"We've got a new coaching staff and everything so I'm still learning, but I feel more comfortable than I did last year."

It's why Johnson, the second-year running back from Miami, could be poised for a big season in 2016. He combined for 934 total yards in his rookie season and, with Jackson at the helm, figures to take another step toward becoming one of Cleveland's top playmakers.

After all, Jackson spoke highly of Johnson and fellow running back Isaiah Crowell, whom he described as having "extreme" talent this spring.

"Those two guys are as good as I've seen in a while," he said.

Johnson said he watched how Jackson used Bengals running backs Giovani Bernard and Jeremy Hill as Cincinnati's offensive coordinator and liked what he saw.

Saturday marked the second day of the Browns Training Camp at the facility in Berea.

"He did some great things with them, some different things kind of than what we were used to last year," he said, "and some things that me and Crow both have to adjust to this year to help our game and take our game to another level."

For Johnson, who presents a threat in both the run and pass games, that means focusing on being a physical player.

"That's something that coach wants from everyone, starting up front with pads on everybody just being physical," he said. "So I believe if we're all physical and we all do our job, we have the potential to (be productive). It's just about all doing it at the same time."

That's something Johnson stressed Saturday.

"We have the potential to have a great dynamic offense. Like I said, it's about everyone doing their job and putting it all together at the same time," he said.

"Just because we have one guy that's coming back that's a dynamic player, but if we don't block up front to get the guy the ball then none of it matters. All 11 guys have to do their job."​

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