The Browns are 0-4 through the first four weeks and yeah that sucks but did you know the Browns have the best running game in the league? The Browns are averaging 149.2 yards per game and its headlined by Isaiah Crowell, who is second in the NFL in rushing yards with 394. And he's just 18 yards behind Zeke Elliot for the lead.
After a promising rookie season in 2014 when he ran for 607 yards and eight touchdowns, fans and the Browns expected more from him in 2015. Yes he had 706 yards last year but the touchdowns were down even with the increase of carries and him starting the entire year. So going into 2016 their was a question mark on the running game since the Browns lost their All-Pro center Alex Mack and starting right tackle Mitchell Schwartz.
Crowell and head coach Hue Jackson put a lofty goal of 1000+ yards on the ground for him. Which would make him the Browns first 1000 yard rusher since Peyton Hillis in 2010...yes its been that long. Crowell is projected to have just under 1600 yards on the ground this year. Now 1600 yards is kinda crazy considering the Browns still have Duke Johnson. But if Crowell stays healthy, he should surpass 1000 with ease.
Isaiah Crowell could be the Browns running back for the next few years. He's only 23 years old with a low work load. Yes, this is his last year of his contract but Crowell is a restricted free agent this upcoming off-season. He only going to get better with more seasoning and with Duke Johnson growing as the pass catcher/spell back.