Subsequent man up mentality was key and Cleveland delivered.
Browns operating D’Ernest Johnson had a breakout efficiency to energy Cleveland to a 17-14 win.
Johnson, who’s the third-string operating again behind Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt made his first begin, confirmed out with 146 speeding yards on 22 carries and scored his first profession landing within the first quarter. It was on his again the Browns received the sport.
He signed with the Browns in 2019 after his time with the Alliance of American Soccer abruptly ended. He performed eight video games for the Orlando Apollos earlier than he joined the Browns later within the 12 months. He’s spent the previous few seasons in a backup position earlier than Chubb and Hunt would go down in back-to-back weeks.
Whereas speaking to FOX’s NFL sideline reporter Erin Andrews, an emotional Johnson was confused. He mentioned it was a dream come true to play within the NFL.
“It’s unexplainable. First off, I need to give due to God. With out him I wouldn’t be right here,” Johnson mentioned. “I need to give thanks to teach (Stump Mitchell) for simply believing in me and coach (Mike Priefer) for simply believing in me and giving me an opportunity. It feels nice. Like I say it was at all times a dream come true for an opportunity to return out right here and play this sport and simply have the ability to begin.”
Earlier than Johnson signed with the Browns, he was working as a fisherman within the Florida Keys. Andrews requested whether or not he thought any of this was potential whereas he was fishing.
“Taking part in within the NFL was at all times my dream. However being on the fishing boat and simply … coming the place I come from, man, it’s a blessing. Not too many individuals make it out with what I did and I simply obtained to present due to God as a result of with out him, like I say, I wouldn’t be right here. I’m simply soaking all of it in and being grateful for the chance.”
LeBron James even took discover of Johnson’s efficiency.
Case Keenum performed in addition to the Browns may’ve hoped for. Beginning for an injured Baker Mayfield, he was 21-for-33 with 199 passing yards and didn’t throw an interception. Jarvis Landry had a team-high 5 catches for 37 yards. Johnny Stanton had Keenum’s one landing cross.
Broncos quarterback Teddy Bridgewater was 23-for-33 with 187 passing yards, two touchdowns and an interception. Courtland Sutton had 5 catches or 68 yards. Javonte Williams and Melvin Gordon III every had landing catches within the loss.
The Browns transfer to 4-3 on the season. Denver drops to 3-4 with 4 consecutive losses.