Duke Johnson could be a huge threat for the Cleveland Browns

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The Cleveland Browns exciting last season, but for all the wrong reasons.

Johnny Manziel rocked up into Ohio carrying his label as one of the biggest stars and partiers in college football. Unfortunately for Cleveland, he only brought the drinking into the Pros and not the 400-yard games he was having at Texas A&M.

And then there was Josh Gordon, who graced us with his presence for all of six games, in which, like Manziel, he also didn't know the playbook, before getting himself suspended for the entirety of next year.

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Johnson's Threat

2015 could be different however, with the Browns now having a player that can be legitimately exciting for the fans to watch at FirstEnergy Stadium.

Running back Duke Johnson has only been in the National Football League long enough to go through a few weeks of offseason work and conditioning, and he is already being compared to a Hall of Famer.

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Johnson, who was chosen by the Browns in the third round of the recent NFL draft, has apparently looked so good at OTA's that Browns running backs coach Wilbert Montgomery says he looks like the Buffalo Bills Hall of Famer Thurman Thomas. Lofty praise indeed.

Where's Duke?

“The best way I can describe Duke is what Thurman Thomas was for Buffalo,” Montgomery said, according to “It’s going to be all over the field. It’s a ‘Where’s Waldo?’ He gives you another dimension. He creates one-on-one problems."

Montgomery went on to compare Johnson to current Cincinnati Bengals back Giovani Bernard, a smaller, quicker runner whose versatility can cause headached for defenses with his ability to run the ball up the middle, to the outside, as well as catching passes out of the backfield.

"We hope he can be a little bit like the kid, [Giovani] Bernard, in Cincinnati. If he can do that for us, that gives us a different perspective on how we approach the field and gives us a chance to move people around and taking advantage of a mismatch.”

If Johnson can be as good as Bernard is, never mind Thurman Thomas, then the Browns will be incredibly happy with the former Miami Hurricane.


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