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Author: Jon Kuzma
When the Browns drafted Nick Chubb in the 2nd round of the 2018 NFL Draft the idea was clearly solidifying the offensive backfield. Cleveland had just signed Carlos Hyde the month prior but John Dorsey wanted to make sure his team was able to run the football effectively. So far that combination has done very well and Chubb in particular was outstanding against the Oakland Raiders. Chubb rushed for 105 yards and 2 touchdowns proving that he can provide a spark for the upstart Browns. What makes Nick Chubb such a good football player is definitely his strength. The former Georgia Bulldog bench pressed 29 reps of 225 lbs at the the NFL combine and he runs with a downhill mentality. Against Oakland Chubb also showed some good burst too because he scored on runs of 63 and 41 yards. The other thing which stands out about that performance was the fact that Nick Chubb put up those big numbers on only three carries. He also showed off the ability to break tackles and power his way through defenders. Hue Jackson ultimately realized that those skills were being wasted in such a small role and that’s why we can expect to see Chubb’s workload increase. If this guy can produce such great results off just three rushing attempts imagine what he’s able to do if the Browns give him 15-20 carries a game? Carlos Hyde is still on the roster so Jackson will have to divide up the touches between those two running backs but that’s the way things have to be. Nick Chubb has overachieved despite having limited reps and that means he’s earned a higher spot on the depth chart. That might come at Duke Johnson’s expense but players get promoted and demoted everyday in the NFL. It’s a competitive sport and people have to constantly prepare to be at their best.
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Nick Chubb showed a lot of promise against Oakland Raiders. Chubb ran for over 100 yards and 2 touchdowns.