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D'Ernest Johnson

Cleveland Browns
Running Back #0
Cleveland Browns
Running Back #0

D'Ernest Johnson News

Gets first carries

Johnson had two carries for nine yards in Sunday's 26-6 win over Chicago.

Analysis: Johnson was part of the grouping that came in on for the final series of the game. Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt helped seal the game, as Cleveland posted 13 fourth-quarter points and rested its regulars while Johnson made his first carries of the season.

Sep 27, 2021 4:43 AM EST

Plays on special teams

Johnson did not play on offense and was on the field for 16 special teams snaps in Sunday's 33-29 loss to the Chiefs.

Analysis: It's not surprising Johnson didn't get a snap on offense, as he sits behind Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt. It was uncertain entering the game if he would have a role as a returner, but he watched rookie Demetric Felton handle the return duties on kickoffs and punts Week 1.

Sep 13, 2021 5:12 AM EST

Gets first reps

Johnson rushed four times for 36 yards and caught four of five targets for 23 yards in Sunday's 17-13 preseason win over the Giants.

Analysis: Johnson was Cleveland's first tailback to feature Sunday, and he did well with his workload. Along with totaling nearly 60 yards, Johnson also recovered a fumble by quarterback Kyle Lauletta. Although John Kelly impressed with nine carries for 58 yards and a touchdown after Johnson exited, the USF product at least helped himself heading into what could be a crucial preseason finale next Sunday in his quest to earn a roster spot behind Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt.

Aug 22, 2021 2:07 PM EST

Starts preseason opener

Johnson had five carries for 14 yards and caught two of three targets for 28 yards in Saturday's 23-13 win over Jacksonville in Preseason Week 1.

Analysis: Neither Nick Chubb nor Kareem Hunt played the preseason opener, so Johnson got the start for the Browns, which is understandable as the team's third back on the depth chart. Notably, he did not return kicks, but that could be attributed to Johnson having to play a heavy (for preseason) load on offense.

Aug 15, 2021 6:39 AM EST

Back with team

Johnson (personal) is back with the team at training camp, Anthony Poisal of the Browns' official site reports.

Analysis: Johnson has been getting most of work in camp as a returner. He's joined by Donovan Peoples-Jones, JoJo Natson, Ryan Switzer and Demetric Felton.

Aug 3, 2021 7:06 PM EST

Away from team

Johnson is not with the Browns as training camp opened Wednesday because he's attending the birth of his first child, Zac Jackson of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Cleveland head coach Kevin Stefanski said Johnson should return to the team by the end of the week.

Jul 28, 2021 7:42 PM EST

Plays familiar role in playoff loss

Johnson did not play on offense and returned two kickoffs for 37 yards in Sunday's 22-17 playoff loss to Kansas City.

Analysis: Johnson was a distant third on the depth chart behind Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt all season while appearing in all 16 regular season games and both playoff contests. He had 33 carries for 166 yards while playing 81 snaps. Both Chubb and Hunt are under contract for 2021, and no change is expected for the running back depth chart. Johnson will be the primary kick and punt returner entering 2021 training camp, but teams typically bring in other candidates to challenge for return jobs.

Jan 18, 2021 5:43 AM EST

Returns all kicks

Johnson returned three kickoffs for 79 yards and two punts for 13 yards in Sunday's 23-16 loss to the Jets.

Analysis: Johnson's normally Cleveland's kick returner, but he added a second duty Sunday with Donovan Peoples-Jones added to the COVID-19 list for the game.

Dec 28, 2020 4:39 AM EST

Ready for Week 16

Johnson (groin) doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday's game against the Jets, Scott Petrak of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram reports.

Analysis: The 24-year-old was limited by the groin injury at the start of the week, but he put in a full practice Friday to avoid the questionable tag. Johnson should handle kick return duties and work as Cleveland's No. 3 running back behind Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt on Sunday.

Dec 25, 2020 1:26 PM EST

Dealing with groin injury

Johnson (groin) was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice, Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

Analysis: Johnson ran out last Sunday's win over the Giants to provide Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt with some rest, logging four carries for 24 yards, but he appears to have gotten nicked up in the process. He'll have two more chances to upgrade his activity ahead of Week 16's road game against the Jets.

Dec 23, 2020 2:41 PM EST

Finishes game

Johnson has four carries for 24 yards and returned one kickoff for 16 yards in Sunday's 20-6 win over the Giants.

Analysis: Johnson had his first carries since Week 8, finishing the game on the Browns' final drive. Since Nick Chubb returned from an injury following a Week 9 bye, Johnson's been relegated to kick return duty.

Dec 21, 2020 2:30 AM EST

Makes special teams impact

Johnson averaged 31 yards on three kickoff returns in Sunday's 27-25 win over Jacksonville.

Analysis: Johnson, who played three snaps as a running back, has fallen off the offensive radar since Nick Chubb returned from a knee injury, but he's resurfaced as the Browns' primary kick returner. He had 43-yard and 32-yard returns that put the Browns in position to respond to Jacksonville scores with their own points. As long as Chubb and Kareem Hunt stay healthy, Johnson will have to make contributions on special teams.

Nov 30, 2020 6:07 AM EST

Little use on offense

Johnson played one snap on offense and five special-team snaps in Sunday's 22-17 win over the Eagles.

Analysis: While the Browns have become a run-dominant team, all the attention goes to Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt. Johnson's played one offensive snap since Chubb's return to the active roster Week 10. Johnson did lead the team in kickoff returns, getting two chances (40 yards) while rookie Donovan Peoples-Jones had one (30 yards).

Nov 23, 2020 5:34 AM EST

No carries with Nick Chubb's return

Johnson garnered zero offensive snaps and five special-teams snaps during Sunday's 10-7 win against the Texans.

Analysis: With Nick Chubb returning from a knee injury that had held him out since Oct. 4, Johnson was relegated to a special-teams role. Johnson's involvement in the offense had been fading in recent appearances, as he only accumulated 51 scrimmage yards on 15 combined offensive touches Weeks 5 through 10, after racking up 95 yards on 13 carries the game Chubb went down against the Cowboys in Week 4. Heading into a matchup against the Eagles, Johnson sits a distant third on Cleveland's RB depth chart behind Chubb and Kareem Hunt.

Nov 17, 2020 5:05 PM EST

Three touches in loss

Johnson carried twice for six yards and caught is lone target for five yards in Sunday's 16-6 loss to the Raiders.

Analysis: Johnson's had a total of 17 touches in the four games since a breakout performance in the Week 4 win over Dallas. With a bye week looming and Nick Chubb (knee) eligible to return from injured reserve Week 10, the loss to Las Vegas may have been the window shutting on Johnson's offensive relevance.

Nov 2, 2020 5:20 AM EST

One carry in win

Johnson had one carry for three yards and was not targeted in Sunday's 37-34 win over the Bengals.

Analysis: Since his 95-yard outburst in a Week 4 win over the Cowboys, Johnson's had fewer touches in each successive week. He's gone from 13 touches to nine to four and now one. His window of opportunity is closing soon. The Browns are at home Week 8 against Las Vegas before a bye week. After that, Nick Chubb (knee) is expected to return, which will relegate Johnson to third on the depth chart.

Oct 26, 2020 5:49 AM EST

No room, role in Week 6 loss

Johnson carried four times for one yard and was targeted once in Sunday's 38-7 loss to Pittsburgh.

Analysis: Johnson and the rest of the running backs had few holes to hit and were of little need in Sunday's blowout. With Nick Chubb (knee) sidelined and Kareem Hunt (3.4 YPC) bottled up, there's opportunity for Johnson or Dontrell Hilliard to claim a larger role.

Oct 19, 2020 4:53 AM EST

Modest production in win

Johnson had eight carries for 32 yards and caught his lone target for four yards in Sunday's 32-23 win over the Colts.

Analysis: Johnson moved up to second on the depth chart behind Kareem Hunt, as the Browns cope with the loss to Nick Chubb. Coming off a 95-yard effort in Week 4, Johnson had cache heading into Week 5, particularly with Hunt limited at practices leading up to the game. Indianapolis' stout defense against the run -- they entered allowing 77.0 yards per game, fourth in the NFL -- bottled up Cleveland's ground game, forcing more from the passing game than the ground attack.

Oct 12, 2020 3:29 AM EST

Looking at prime opportunity

Johnson could handle a significant role on offense with Nick Chubb (knee) on IR and expected to miss about six weeks, Jake Trotter of reports.

Analysis: Johnson worked alongside Kareem Hunt after Chubb was forced out of Cleveland's Week 4 win over the Cowboys, and he impressed while turning 13 carries into 95 yards. Though Kareem Hunt (groin) is the clear favorite to lead the Browns' backfield until late November, at which point Chubb could return, it wouldn't be out of the question for Johnson to see somewhere in the range of ten carries a week in one of the league's most potent rushing attacks. Additionally, Johnson would stand to inherit a hugely valuable role if Hunt were to exacerbate his groin injury.

Oct 8, 2020 3:27 PM EST

Runs for 95 yards

Johnson carried 13 times for 95 yards during Sunday's 49-38 win over the Cowboys.

Analysis: Johnson got involved in the offense after Nick Chubb (knee) left with an injury and gashed the Dallas defense for 7.3 yards per carry. His long gain went for 28 yards and he impressively finished with more carries than Kareem Hunt, who found the end zone twice on the day. Chubb was able to walk off under his own power, but the extent of his injury remains to be seen. If he is forced to sit out next Sunday's matchup with the Colts, Johnson could receive a healthy workload as a complementary option to Hunt.

Oct 4, 2020 1:43 PM EST

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