In Part 1 of our training camp preview on the Cleveland Browns' running backs, we looked at the three players who will contend to be the featured back in 2015. Today, we take a look at the other three running backs on the roster, each of whom are likely fighting for one roster spot (if that).
4. GLENN WINSTON - "STUCK IN POTENTIAL MODE" RUNNING BACK
Glenn Winston was an undrafted free agent in 2014 who spent training camp with the San Francisco 49ers. He carried the ball in the team's final two preseason games 19 times for 113 yards (5.9 YPC) and 1 touchdown.
Last year, the Browns coaching staff kept bragging about Winston's potential. Any time coaches were asked when he would see the field, the coaches would let off a vibe that Winston could be unleashed at any moment. We waited, and waited, and waited, though, and Winston never saw a single offensive snap for the Browns.
How is it possible that a guy who the staff praised so much never saw a snap despite the team cutting RB Ben Tate and having on-and-off disciplinary issues with RB Terrance West? They even signed veteran RB Shaun Draughn off the street later in the season and gave some offensive snaps in one game. Because Winston has never played with the Browns in a preseason or regular season game, he's still very much an unknown entity. I'm going with him as the favorite to make the roster as the fourth running back again, but Cleveland could try to see if they can sneak him on the practice squad this year instead.
Final Roster Odds: 30%
5. SHAUN DRAUGHN - VETERAN RUNNING BACK
Mid-way through last season, the Browns made the decision to cut RB Ben Tate and roll with a trio of rookie running backs -- Terrance West, Isaiah Crowell, and Glenn Winston. Of the three, Winston never saw action on offense, so it became more of a two-back system. There were concerns about how well the rookies could handle pass protection, so the team signed Draughn in mid-December.
Draughn was with the Browns for the final four games of the regular season. He immediately contributed as a coverage player on special teams. He played 8 snaps against the Panthers in Week 16 but did not touch the football.
Having been in the NFL since 2011, Draughn has proven to be a pedestrian running back whose upside basically equates to being a player who can fill in for some pass protection snaps without screwing everything up. Cleveland should strive higher for that at the running back position, so I think Draughn will fill the role that RB Chris Ogbonnaya did in last year's camp -- he'll be an emergency body who hangs around with limited reps, and then will be among the final cuts.
Final Roster Odds: 5%
6. LUKE LUNDY - UNDRAFTED FREE AGENT RUNNING BACK
Luke Lundy will no doubt stand out amongst the crowd of running backs when training camp begins. He's got the size to where the team could see how he fits in a fullback or H-back type of role, but at 26 years old, Lundy has to feel like this might be his one and only chance to make an impression in the NFL.
Lundy wasn't a highly-scouted back coming out of college, so he took advantage of the alternate venue to the NFL Combine: the regional combines. After performing well enough at the Denver regional combine this past February, Lundy was one of the players who moved on to the Super Regional Combine in Arizona. The Browns offered him a tryout and stood out again, earning him a contract with the club.
"I like running between the tackles, and I can catch the ball out of the backfield," Lundy told the Plain Dealer after he was signed. He could bring a level of toughness to the backfield that remind fans of the (good) days of RB Peyton Hillis (and yes, they are both white). I have Lundy's odds fairly high because he could end up being more of a threat in the fullback competition. If he were exclusively going for running back, I'd probably have him at 5%.
Final Roster Odds: 25%
Tomorrow, we will cover the fullback position. Feel free to discuss your thoughts on the running backs below. Our poll asks which of these three players you would retain if Cleveland keeps a No. 4 running back.