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Pierre Strong

#3 RB,

Browns

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ACTUAL 2022

27 FPTS

RANK: 98

2023 SEASON

83 FPTS

RANK: 63

AGE

24 yrs

HEIGHT/WEIGHT

5'11'' / 205 lbs

COLLEGE

South Dakota State

SEASONGPFPTSRANKRUATTRUYDRUTDRUAVERECPTREYDRETD
2023158363rd8033834.2141151
2022152798th10100110.07420

Gets 63 carries in 2023

RotoWire Logo Published: 2024-01-17

Strong (back) finished the 2023 season with 63 carries for 291 yards and one touchdown while catching five of eight targets for 47 yards.

Strong spent his rookie season with the Patriots in 2022 but was traded to the Browns in August. Nick Chubb's season-ending knee injury opened up an opportunity, but the Browns promoted Jerome Ford to the top of the depth chart and re-signed Kareem Hunt, leaving Strong in a little-used third-string role. Chubb is expected to be recovered by the start of the 2024 season, and Ford remains on hand as well, so Strong's usage isn't projected to grow in 2024, though the back injury that kept Strong from playing in the team's wild-card round loss to Houston isn't expected to impact his availability moving forward.

Weekly Stats 2022

Stats not available

Performance Splits: 2020 to 2022

Fantasy PointsRushing AveragesReceiving Averages
LOCATIONSTADIUMGPGSGMTOUCHRANKYDTDAVEYAC%10+20+50+RECYDTD
Home Outdoor 7 00.41.50168th00.00.00%0.00.00.00.310.0
Away Outdoor 5 00.10.50209th10.05.040%0.00.00.00.000.0
Away Dome 2 03.40.9697th130.06.320%0.50.00.01.560.0
Away Retractable Dome 1 017.02.4312th701.014.017%2.01.00.02.0200.0

Career Stats by Season: 2022 to 2022

Fantasy PointsRushing StatsReceiving Stats
SEASONAGETEAMGPGSTOTALRANKATTYDTDAVEYAC%10+20+50+SHARERECYDTD
2022 24 NE 15 0 27 98th10100110.019%3102%7420
"YAC%" is percent of total yards gained after first contact. "Share" of team passing targets.

Missing wild-card round

RotoWire Logo Published: 2024-01-13

Strong (back) is inactive for Saturday's game against the Texans.

Strong sustained a back injury in the Browns' regular-season finale that will hold him out of the Saturday's wild-card matchup. With Strong missing time, expect John Kelly to serve as Cleveland's third-string running back.

Questionable versus Houston

RotoWire Logo Published: 2024-01-11

Strong (back) is listed as questionable for Cleveland's wild-card matchup against Houston on Saturday, Mary Kay Cabot of Celveland.com reports.

Strong suffered a back injury during the team's season finale, which has cast doubt on his availability for Saturday's playoff game. If the 2022 fourth-round pick ends up being unable to play, James Proche should handle Cleveland's kick return duties.

Manages limited practice Wednesday

RotoWire Logo Published: 2024-01-10

Strong (back) was a limited participant at practice Wednesday, Jake Trotter of ESPN.com reports.

Strong was unable to practice Tuesday, so his presence at Wednesday's session represents a step in the right direction. Even still, he'll probably need to practice in full Thursday to avoid carrying an injury designation into Friday and possibly Saturday.

Spectator at practice Tuesday

RotoWire Logo Published: 2024-01-09

Strong (back) isn't participating in Tuesday's practice, Jake Trotter of ESPN.com reports.

Strong was missing from the Browns' first practice of the week just two days after seeing his largest workload of the season in Cleveland's 31-14 loss to Cincinnati. Since the Browns were already locked in as the AFC's No. 5 seed in the playoffs heading into Week 18 action, the coaching staff held out or limited several key players in the regular-season finale. Jerome Ford and Kareem Hunt (groin) were among the two players who were limited, resulting in Strong taking on his biggest workload of the season. Strong played 27 snaps on offense and carried 14 times for 65 yards before he left the game in the second half due to a back injury, which now threatens his availability for Saturday's wild-card game in Houston.

Lead role cut short by injury

RotoWire Logo Published: 2024-01-07

Strong exited in the second half of Sunday's 31-14 loss to the Bengals with an apparent back injury, Scott Petrak of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram reports. He rushed 14 times for 65 yards and didn't catch his only target prior to the injury.

Strong worked as the primary ball carrier before getting hurt, as Jerome Ford got three carries and Kareem Hunt registered just one touch. Ford and Hunt are expected to lead Cleveland's backfield in the wild-card round against the Texans, so Strong will likely be bumped back down to a third-string role if his back injury doesn't keep him from suiting up.

Could work as lead back Sunday

RotoWire Logo Published: 2024-01-07

Strong was spotted warming up with the starting offense prior to Sunday's game against the Bengals, Zac Jackson of The Athletic reports.

Strong has been the No. 3 option on the depth chart for much of the season, but he looks as though he could get a look in a lead role out of the backfield in the regular-season finale. Though Cleveland is keeping both Jerome Ford and Kareem Hunt active, the team's top two running backs may only handle light roles Sunday while the team is already locked in as the No. 5 seed in the AFC playoffs. The Browns' main goal is to escape Week 18 with the health of its key players intact, creating plenty of opportunities for depth options like Strong to see their most extensive work of the season. Strong has carried 49 times for 226 yards and a touchdown to go with five catches for 47 yards on seven targets through Cleveland's first 16 games.

Plays support role in win

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-12-29

Strong had four carries for 29 yards and lost a fumble in Thursday's 37-20 win over the Jets in Week 17.

Strong was on the field for 14 offensive snaps, getting work to spell both Jerome Ford and Kareem Hunt in what became blowout in the first half. The quick turnaround added some intrigue, as Hunt dealt with a groin injury early in the practice week. However, Strong was not needed for anything more than the role he's played the last few weeks: a handful of offensive snaps/carries and a healthy dose of special teams duty.

Most carries since Week 8

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-12-26

Strong had five carries for 22 yards, did not catch his lone target and returned one kickoff for 36 yards in Sunday's 36-22 win over Houston in Week 16.

Strong's opening kickoff return gave the offense good field position, which set up a 53-yard connection from quarterback Joe Flacco to wideout Amari Cooper. Three plays later, the Browns had a 7-0 lead just 1:42 into the game. That sequence set the tone of the day. On offense, Strong's five totes were his most since Week 8 when Jerome Ford was dealing with an ankle injury. The Browns return to action quickly, Thursday night at home against the Jets, which could lead to a bigger role for Strong. Early in the practice week, Kareem Hunt's groin injury bears monitoring.

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