Crowell setting up for a 'monster year'?
- Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reported that Browns running back coach Kirby Wilson has spoken highly of Isaiah Crowell and that he will have a “monster year” after signing his restricted free-agent tender May 10.
- With the additions of G Kevin Zeitler (PFF’s seventh-highest-graded guard), and C J.C. Tretter (PFF’s ninth-highest-graded center) through free agency, and the return of G Joel Bitonio from injury, the Browns offensive line has become one of only six in the NFL to have at least four starters grading 80 or better going into 2017.
- Crowell was one of the most productive runners behind the talented anchor at LT Joe Thomas and the revolving door at LG after Bitonio’s injury, his 7.3 yard-per-carry average was second-highest behind the LG and LT in the league.
- Defenders had a difficult time bringing Crowell down — his average of 3.18 yards after contact in 2016 was the third-highest among running backs with at least 100 carries.
- The former undrafted rookie’s 16 runs of 15 or more yards ranked fourth in the league and accounted for 8 percent of his total yards, that was tied for the third-highest percentage last season.
- Crowell’s breakaway percentage (percentage of yardage coming from runs of 15-plus yards) the past three seasons are the three highest seasons for a Browns running back in the PFF era (since 2006).