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Isaiah Crowell: Browns are poised to ‘shock the world’

The Cleveland Browns are coming off a miserable 1-15 campaign in 2016. But that hasn’t dimmed Isaiah Crowell’s perception of the prospects for success going forward, perhaps as soon as this coming season.

In fact, the Browns running back believes the team is poised to “shock the world.”

Crowell, speaking at his third-annual youth football camp this week in his hometown of Columbus, Ga., took some time to praise the strides the Browns have made and are making in a bid to spark a significant turnaround.

“I feel very good about it,” Crowell said, via the Ledger-Enquirer. “I feel like we’re building something special. A lot of people are underestimating us, but I feel like we’re going to shock the world.”

Crowell signaled out the infusion of young talent the Browns have brought in this offseason, including draft picks Myles Garrett, Jabrill Peppers and DeShone Kizer.

“I feel like all the guys we got are very talented,” Crowell said while joking rookie hazing will be kept at a minimum. “They’re going to be able to come out and help us tremendously from the start of the season. I just wish those guys the best. I hope they keep training hard.”

Now entering his fourth year with the Browns, Crowell enjoyed a standout season in 2016 — despite a controversial offseason ahead of it — rushing for career-high 952 yards and seven touchdowns.

Crowell obviously knows all too well the depths the Browns have sunk in recent seasons. Whether a turnaround rising to the level of shocking the world is in the cards this coming season is unclear — and arguably unlikely — the case can be made the Browns organization at the very least is making strides in the right direction.