CLEVELAND—The Browns want their rushing offense to be one of the strengths of the team in 2015.
Unfortunately, there hasn’t been much to show for it.
In the early going of training camp and through the first preseason game there wasn’t much positive to show for their efforts. In the first preseason game against the Redskins, the Browns averaged just 2.4 yards per carry. In the openers, Terrance West had just 10 yards on four carries, while Isaiah Crowell had four carries for six yards.
However, against Buffalo--one of the better defensive fronts in the NFL-- the Browns averaged 3.5 yards per carry. West started the game and had nine carries for 28 yards (3.1 avg.) in the first half against the Bills starters, while Crowell had four carries for 18 yards (4.5 avg.). The Bills beat the Browns 11-10.
Two of the expected key contributors, Duke Johnson (hamstring) and Shaun Draughn (hand) missed the game with injuries.
West had a long run of 12 yards, while Crowell had a long of 13 yards. On a fourth-and-1 from the Bills’ 31, West picked up the first down with a four-yard run inside. West’s best run was a 12-yard run to open the second series. Crowell had a 13-yard run to the Bills’ 40 after stiff arming LB Preston Brown.
“It felt good,” West said. “The offensive line had some holes for us, and we took advantage.”
West opened the second half with a 10-yard run and a four-yard run, while Crowell was stopped for a loss of four yards on his only carry in the second half to drop his total to 14 yards.
Through three quarters, the Browns averaged over 3.8 yards per carry. West thinks the rushing game is coming together.
“As a team, we just have to keep attacking the defense and taking advantage of what the defense gives us.”
Despite showing improvement, West said he’s not satisfied with his performance.
“(Friday), I am going to go in and look at the film and see my mistakes and fix them.”