Jackson on rushing game: "We'll get this solved"

Hue Jackson said the Browns will get their running game solved sooner than later

Hue Jackson said his intentions are for the Browns to be a dominant rushing team.

In Jackson's last stop, he relied heavily on Jeremy Hill and Gio Bernard in the rushing game to lead the Bengal's offense.

It was only the first preseason game, but the Browns didn't show a lot of signs of being a good rushing team--let alone a dominant one against Green Bay.

The Browns had just 67 yards rushing on 16 attempts for a 4.1 average, minus the quarterbacks two runs for 10 yards. Raheem Mostert had the longest run of 27 yards, so if that wasn't included, the Browns averaged just a paltry 2.7 yards per carry.

Granted, the Browns projected top two backs, Isaiah Crowell and Duke Johnson, Jr. combined for just two carries. Johnson, Jr. had one carry for 11 yards, while Crowell had one for minus two yards.

Jackson was asked about the running game on Saturday.

"It was OK," he said. "I have a high expectation for our running game. We had a couple opportunities to make some things happen that we kind of didn’t get done. Those are the learning things that I’m talking about for our guys. They know when we try to do certain things that the opportunity is there so we just have to make sure that we follow through and execute at a high level and good things happen."

Jackson was happy with Mostert's run.

"As you could see on the run where Raheem broke out, we had an opportunity for that same run a little earlier in the game and we just kind of didn’t get on the proper people," he said. "We’ll just continue to work at it. We’ll get this solved, I promise you that.”

The Browns backfield will be very similar to last years as they didn't use any of their 14 draft picks on a running back this year, nor did they sign any free agents other than Terrell Watson off the Bengals practice squad. Crowell and Johnson, Jr. are the favorites to carry the load, but Watson, Mostert, Glenn Winston or Rajon Neal are the other contenders for the Browns in the backfield.

 

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