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Fan Perception: What We Learned About the Browns' Running Backs Heading Into Training Camp

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In each of our training camp previews, we conduct a poll at the end of the post. The polls are intended to gauge fan perception about certain players or roles on the Cleveland Browns heading into training camp. They help set the initial expectations that fans have on certain players. Here is a summary of each of those polls for the running back / fullback positions:

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RB Poll

The person who the majority of Browns fans would like to see as the team's featured running back is Isaiah Crowell. It's really not even a close contest, as he received 60% of the votes. Terrance West is in a distant third place, with just 9% of the votes. Rookie Duke Johnson earned a respectable 31% of the votes.

One of our readers made a good point in believing that this is how the team will handle the running back position this year: Crowell will be the featured back and West will be his backup, spelling him if he needs a breather after several consecutive touches. Johnson would be the third down / two-minute back since he's a threat out of the backfield. [Read Part 1 of the RB Preview]

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RB Poll

Even though one vote separated them, we're going to call this a tie between fans wanting Glenn Winston and Luke Lundy as the team's fourth running back, if the team decides to keep a fourth running back (sorry, Shaun Draughn). Winston has supporters because of how much the coaches praised him last year, while I think fans dig the different style that Lundy could bring to the group...and his ability to be a fullback / H-Back type of player. [Read Part 2 of the RB Preview]

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RB Poll

I didn't mention Luke Lundy in the fullback / H-Back post, but I addressed it in the running back post (I typically like to keep each player to one preview post). In terms of a numbers game, if the Browns are going to keep eight players between running back, tight end, and fullback / H-back, then the most preferred scenario is to go with 3 running backs, 1 fullback, and 4 tight ends, keeping both Malcolm Johnson and E.J. Bibbs.

I think Bibbs has a real shot at making the roster since Randall Telfer will not be ready by opening day. The people who voted "other" say that they would've actually liked a scenario with seven total players -- such as 3 running backs, 1 fullback, and 3 tight ends. They'd rather utilize that roster spot on our defensive backs unit, where talent is plentiful. I understand the point, and it could happen if the team finds a tweener FB/TE and shoves a guy like Winston on the practice squad. [Read the FB / H-Back Preview]