5'10'' / 210 lbs
Top man at OTAs
Ford was the first running back in full team drills Wednesday, Zac Jackson of The Athletic reports.
Top back Nick Chubb was notably absent from the voluntary OTA program, so Ford moved into the lead role for the practice. He impressed decision-makers as a rookie and appears headed for a larger role behind Chubb in 2023.
Fantasy Points by Week 2022
Weekly Stats 2022
|Fantasy Points||Betting||Rushing Stats||Receiving Stats|
|1 @CAR||Outdoor 79°||0.0||38th||0.00||2.0||41.5||0||0||0.0||0||0%||0||0||0||0||0||0||0%|
|2 NYJ||Outdoor 79°||0.0||39th||0.00||-6.5||38.5||0||0||0.0||0||0%||0||0||0||0||0||0||0%|
|3 PIT||Outdoor 61°||0.0||38th||0.00||-4.0||38.5||0||0||0.0||0||0%||0||0||0||0||0||0||0%|
|4 @ATL||Dome 68°||0.0||40th||0.00||-1.0||48.5||0||0||0.0||0||0%||0||0||0||0||0||0||0%|
|10 @MIA||Outdoor 85°||0.0||34th||0.00||3.5||48.5||0||0||0.0||0||0%||0||0||0||0||0||0||0%|
|11 @BUF||Dome 24°||0.0||39th||0.00||7.5||48.5||0||0||0.0||0||0%||0||0||0||0||0||0||0%|
|12 TB||Outdoor 56°||0.0||39th||0.00||3.5||43.5||0||0||0.0||0||0%||0||0||0||0||0||0||0%|
|13 @HOU||Dome 37°||0.3||30th||0.10||-7.5||47.5||3||3||1.0||0||133%||0||0||0||0||0||0||8%|
|14 @CIN||Outdoor 47°||0.0||29th||0.00||4.0||48.5||0||0||0.0||0||0%||0||0||0||0||0||0||0%|
|15 BAL||Outdoor 34°||0.0||41st||0.00||-3.0||38.5||0||0||0.0||0||0%||0||0||0||0||0||0||0%|
|16 NO||Outdoor 6°||0.0||40th||0.00||-3.0||32.5||0||0||0.0||0||0%||0||0||0||0||0||0||0%|
|17 @WAS||Outdoor 59°||0.9||22nd||0.18||2.0||40.5||5||9||1.8||0||100%||0||0||0||0||0||0||17%|
|18 @PIT||Outdoor 36°||0.0||39th||0.00||3.0||39.5||0||0||0.0||0||0%||0||0||0||0||0||0||0%|
Performance Splits: 2020 to 2022
|Fantasy Points||Rushing Averages||Receiving Averages|
Career Stats by Season: 2022 to 2022
|Fantasy Points||Rushing Stats||Receiving Stats|
Next man up behind Chubb
Ford figures to start offseason practices as Cleveland's No. 2 running back, Zac Jackson of The Athletic reports.
Ford played 14 snaps on offense and 145 on special teams as a rookie last year, taking eight carries for 12 yards and 30 kick returns for 723 yards. He's now in a much better position to earn RB reps, as the Browns lost third-stringer D'Ernest Johnson to Jacksonville and seemingly don't plan to re-sign second-stringer Kareem Hunt. The other guys behind Nick Chubb as of mid-May are Demetric Felton, John Kelly, Nate McCrary and UDFA rookie Hassan Hall -- a group with 40 combined NFL carries. Ford, a 2022 fifth-round pick, is the youngest of the bunch and also the only one drafted before the sixth round. His performance over the first two weeks of the 2022 preseason -- 19 carries for 89 yards and a TD plus eight catches for 71 yards and another score -- likely was a big factor in Cleveland carrying four RBs for most of last season and then focusing on other positions this offseason. Of course, there's still time to sign a veteran for training camp if the Browns lose some of their confidence in Ford or deal with injuries in the backfield.
No run on offense
Ford returned five kickoffs for 93 yards and did not play on offense in Sunday's 28-14 loss to the Steelers in Week 18.
Ford, who had a season-high five carries last week, was not used as a running back Sunday. Instead, the Browns went with Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt, much as they did all season. Hunt and fellow back D'Ernest Johnson are in the final year of contracts and expected to hit the open market in March. Ford appears poised to become the top backup to Chubb next season.
Five carries in win
Ford had a season-high five carries for nine yards and returned one kickoff for 23 yards in Sunday's 24-10 win over Washington in Week 17.
Ford played a season-high seven snaps on offense as the Browns, whose postseason chances were eliminated last week, begin preparations for 2023. The rookie had more touches than Kareem Hunt (two carries, one catch), who is in the final year of his contact. Also notable is that D'Ernest Johnson, in the final year of his deal, did not play at all on offense. Barring an offseason addition in the draft, Ford appears on track to be Nick Chubb's top backup next season.