The Wrong Read – Episode 21: Will Duke Johnson Be 2018’s RB1?
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Welcome to the 21st installment of the “The Wrong Read,” an article series that reflects on recent podcast episodes, pushing the ideas discussed on the podcasts to their logical conclusions and offering some further thoughts on the topics broached by the guests and hosts. A couple recent guests on the RotoViz Mailbag have defended Amari Cooper, echoing my mid-season analysis that it’s far too early to write him off. My title is not a typo. I did mean to write Duke Johnson, not David Johnson. The former was the subject of a discussion on the latest episode of the Dynasty Tradecast. It was suggested on that program that Johnson is being undervalued. At the time the show was recorded, the guys didn’t know that Todd Haley was going to be the Browns’ new offensive coordinator. This is important because of Haley’s history of running back usage. Haley of course has coached Le’Veon Bell through four elite RB seasons, and a fifth that was on pace to be elite if it hadn’t been shortened by injury. Could Johnson occupy Bell’s role in Haley’s new Cleveland offense?