Browns close to extension with running back Duke Johnson
The Browns bought in bulk at running back this offseason, but made a commitment to one of their own as well.
According to Mike Garafolo of the NFL Network, the Browns are close to an extension with running back Duke Johnson.
Christian played both tackle spots for the Cardinals and likely needs a little more strength. He has good footwork and in a thin tackle class, his potential to improve could push him up the board.
Miller is a former walk-on who should be selected in the draft’s first two days. He had back-to-back 1,400-yard seasons to close his career with a combined 32 receiving touchdowns. His work ethic should give him a chance to succeed quickly.
Brown has plenty of speed, but has done his best work closer to the line of scrimmage. He is a little tight in his movements so he has difficulty keeping his speed as he changes directions. Special-teams coaches, though, will like his potential. He’s tough and can run with almost any receiver.
Some scouts say if Baker had shown a little more feistiness, he would be graded higher. But there aren’t many linebackers who run like him or can change directions with as much ease. He led the Buckeyes in tackles this past season with 72.
Shazier suffered a serious spinal injury in a game on Dec. 4 against the Bengals and has been recovering from a spinal stabilization surgery, which he underwent on Dec. 6.
Despite Shazier’s struggles, his father, Vernon, said his son regained feeling in his legs last month.
Shazier made appearances at Heinz Field for games against the Patriots and Browns in December and visited his teammates at practice in January. He shared a photo of himself in a wheelchair on the sidelines, writing that he’s far from done with football and working day-by-day to get better.
Ryan Shazier is setting the record straight. The Steelers linebacker took to Twitter on Monday to clarify the status of his rehabilitation after a report Sunday stated he had regained movement in his legs and begun a regular walking routine.
Shazier confirmed a report from NBC Sports’ Michele Tafoya was 100 percent correct in specifying that his lower-body movement remains a work in progress.
Although he does have movement in his legs, he is not walking on his own, Tafoya wrote. Shazier needs assistance from a walker or other people or to support him in his rehabilitation walking, which remains a struggle.