In the early weeks of the season, the run game proved to be a strength for the Cleveland Browns.
Since the opening weeks, however, the running attack has slowed, in part due to injuries at offensive line.
Is it time for an infusion of talent at running back?
The Seahawks cut running back Christine Michael today, signaling the return of their top back, Thomas Rawls. The move surprised many around the league, as Michael served as the No. 1 back in Rawls’ absence. The fourth-year back has flashed serious skills this season.
Michael has 469 rushing yards and 6 touchdowns in 9 games, also adding 20 receptions for 96 yards and a touchdown. In his career, Michael has 990 total yards. He carried the rock 16 times for 84 yards against the Browns last season.
Isaiah Crowell has played the role of lead back for the Browns this season, with 551 yards and 6 touchdowns in 10 games. Duke Johnson has also figured into the attack, with 247 rushing yards and 1 touchdown.
Crowell and Johnson are talented backs, sure. But why shouldn’t the Browns use their high waiver standing to pick up Michael?
After rushing for over 120 yards in each of their first four games, the Browns have surpassed the century mark just once since then. In the last three games, the Browns have rushed for 68, 40, and 27 yards.
Michael could provide a big boost for the Browns’ offense that’s sputtered in recent weeks.
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