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Browns wrapup: Top five players

Duke Johnson, running back
The most consistent playmaker on an inconsistent offense, leading the team with 74 catches for 693 receiving yards and seven total touchdowns, and adding 348 rushing yards. Continued to prove his doubters wrong by playing all 16 games for the third straight season. Averaged fewer than 10 offensive touches a game and would like more in 2018.

Joel Bitonio, left guard
Played every offensive snap after Lisfranc surgery prematurely ended his 2016 season. Also finished 2015 on the injured list. An athletic and powerful player who doesn’t get enough recognition because of the team’s record.

Christian Kirksey, outside linebacker
Finished second to Joe Schobert with 138 tackles, adding 3.5 sacks, five passes defensed, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery. The heart and soul of the defense and a team leader.

Kevin Zeitler, right guard
Impressed teammates by not missing a snap despite thumb surgery following the opener and was named recipient of the Ed Block Courage Award. Wasn’t perfect in the run or pass games but helped solidify the line.
Myles Garrett, defensive end

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His season was delayed and slowed by a high right ankle sprain, but his talent was obvious. Led the team with seven sacks in 11 games. The next step is eliminating the dips in production, as he had just one sack in a six-game stretch before finishing with one in each of the last two games.

Honorable mention
Outside linebacker Joe Schobert, cornerback Jason McCourty, defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah, punter Britton Colquitt

Browns writer for The Chronicle-Telegram and The Medina Gazette. Proud graduate of Northwestern University. Husband and stepdad. Avid golfer who needs to hit the range to get down to a single-digit handicap. Right about Johnny Manziel, wrong about Brandon Weeden. Contact Scott at 440-329-7253, or email and follow him on and Twitter.

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