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Isaiah Crowell 'thought this day would come' as Browns starting RB

It's Isaiah Crowell's turn.

After days of rosy commentary from his coaches and teammates about his new starting role, Crowell took the stage in front of reporters Thursday, brimming with confidence he can help take the Browns rushing attack to new heights in 2015.

"I'm ready. I always knew I had what it takes," the 22-year-old said. "I just gotta go out there and show everybody what I can do."

It's the expected increase in Crowell's workload that has fantasy football gurus and the city of Cleveland hopeful No. 34 can catapult his career to the next level. A season ago, Crowell's high for carries in a game was 17, and he averaged just a shade more than nine touches over the course of the season.

"I have been with backs in the past," offensive coordinator John DeFilippo said, "where you really worry about from a fatigue standpoint, from a body composition, the way they are built that would worry about a guy that has to carry the ball 20-22 times a game.

"Crow is a big guy. He is in great shape. Nothing has shown to me that Crow can't be that work horse for us."

"Rotating is kind of tough to get into the speed of the game and get your rhythm," Crowell said. "But I made it happen. Now I just keep working hard and the job is mine, so I have to go out there and show my teammates, my coach what I can do."

He still has to prove it, but Crowell could find himself as the latest undrafted gem plucked by the Browns. Safety Tashaun Gipson went from undrafted to a Pro Bowl safety. Linebacker Craig Robertson went from undrafted to being an integral team leader and playmaking linebacker. Veteran cornerback Tramon Williams was also undrafted before launching his career with the Packers.

Cleveland has found luck with these players who have a chip on their shoulder.

"Coming in and being undrafted, you always have to work harder," Crowell said. "And, you know, that's what I did. I came out here and everything didn't go my way. I just kept my head down and kept moving. I thought this day would come."

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