The Facts: Johnson, who’s asked to be traded, is not at Browns voluntary minicamp this week, a league source told Plain Dealer staffer Mary Kay Cabot. The camp is closed to the media.
Diehards Line: Johnson joins Odell Beckham Jr. as two prominent Browns who are skipping the extra three-day camp afforded to new coaches. Judging from a video posted by the Browns, most players are in attendance, including Baker Mayfield. During his pre-draft press conference last week, Browns GM John Dorsey said he anticipated Johnson would attend the camp. Dorsey also said that Johnson’s trade request wouldn’t impact his draft strategy this weekend. Johnson wants to be traded, in part, because he knows his role will diminish considerably when Kareem Hunt comes off his suspension after eight games. Dorsey already said after signing Hunt that Johnson isn’t expendable “yet.’’ He said he’d play all three backs when Hunt returns from his suspension Nov. 10 against the Bills. Johnson spent much of last season frustrated by his lack of touches, but never went public with his beef except to say a few times that he was embracing his primary role as a blocker. Now he's speaking with his actions.