Browns' Crowell wants ball more, contract extension

The Browns have had so many quarterbacks, Joe Thomas once had to introduce himself to one in the huddle

As the running game sputters, frustration grows inside RB Isaiah Crowell

Isaiah Crowell is a running back.

So, 27 carries for 70 yards in two games qualifies as a monstrous disappointment.

"I don't have to convince Jimmy", Jackson said. "I respect them, but I don't think that's the case at all".

Through 2 weeks the Browns, who have trailed by no more than 14 points in either game, have found themselves abandoning the run game either because of penalties or loss of yardage which have forced them into more throwing situations than Jackson would like. "So I see him combined with Hue Jackson on offense and I feel like this could definitely be our year".

"I'm pulling my hair out", Jackson said. Jackson said in hindsight he should've done a better job feeding Crowell, who ranked 15th in the National Football League in rushing yardage while having the lowest number of carries among the leaders. "We have a right guard (Kevin Zeitler) who is new to our organization who is learning a new center (JC Tretter) and they communicate a lot". The trio's contracts totaled more than $120 million, including $64.5 million guaranteed. I know the time on task is starting to be there and the continuity is starting to the be there.

"We will run the football and he'll be a huge part", Jackson said of Crowell. We've played two games.

"I said we're going to run the football and when we're ready to, we will and I think we're moving in that direction and I think we'll be there when the time comes". To that end, he told coach Hue Jackson after Sunday's loss to Baltimore he wants the ball more.

"He said he wants to get me the ball and stuff like that", Crowell said.

A year ago the Browns got Crowell going early in the season. "I just control what I can control".

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And Jackson said once he starts giving the ball to Crowell, he had better produce. But he must take advantage of the opportunities.

"I get it", Jackson said. "I start handing it to you 25-30 times, I am looking for 160-150 yards and a couple of long scores".

The Browns have not yet held a lead, and Crowell said he understands that the Browns have tried to throw the ball to get rookie quarterback DeShone Kizer some confidence and keep defenses honest.

Feed the Crow: Through two games past year, Isaiah Crowell had 195 yards rushing and two touchdowns. After Indy, the Browns take on the Bengals and the hapless Jets at home.

The rookie quarterback is a big piece of the equation.

While Jackson would love to alleviate some pressure, Kizer might need to consistently make plays downfield in order to create space for the run game. Still, Crowell doesn't put personal gain ahead of team success. I think that's understanding DeShone better, them understanding DeShone better, how he says things, where he sets on certain drops, where he is when we're trying to run the ball. I think there's five or six of them, saying, 'Coach, I'll do it.' But I get it.

Unable to play in the first two games of the regular season because of a high ankle sprain, Garrett spent part of Wednesday's practice on the exercise bike at the team's Berea training facility, and an update on his standing was given following the on-field work. He gained 3, 0, 9 and 2 yards. The game is not too big for him.

If he wants more touches, Crowell needs to run with more power and vision like he did in 2016. "Now, that being said, you better make the plays when you get them, OK?" I don't like the rough spots; I don't like the turnovers; I don't like the production on offense; I don't like the consistency, but I knew that this was going to happen I know that we are getting there. The Colts are 0-2 but have the seventh-ranked run defense, allowing 73 yards a game. Crowell said he isn't upset with play-calling but "sometimes I question it". "I just control what I can control".

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