This is the 42nd installment of a series of articles covering each player on the Cleveland Browns roster. A new player will be previewed every day from now until the Browns preseason begins. If you enjoy (tolerate) this article, I encourage you to check back each day to read each one. I try to keep these articles short and sweet.
#24- Nick Chubb– RB- Georgia
Typically, you don’t want your star running back being referred to as “Chubb”, but in the Browns case, having a Chubb RB is a huge advantage. In fact, I haven’t seen a Chubb running back in the AFC North be this dominant since Jerome Bettis. Cleveland’s starting back has a habit of turning opposing defenders into chubby chasers. The Georgia alum proved last season that he has breakaway speed after busting out a franchise record, 92-yard touchdown run against the Falcons. That play also allowed Jim Donovan to coin the phrase “Chubba wubba hub”, which I still don’t understand, but you can bet I will be belting that out any chance I get this year.
Last season, Nick Chubb set the Browns rookie record with 996 yards rushing. You read that correctly, he is the rookie gold standard for the franchise with Jim Brown, Leroy Kelly, Bobby Mitchell, and Trent Richardson (LOL). What makes his stats even more impressive is the fact that he only recorded double-digit carries 8 times last season (Thanks Hue).
The Browns added Kareem Hunt in the offseason to go along with Chubb and Duke Johnson so odds are Chubb will be splitting carries this season (at least after week 8 when Hunt returns from suspension). Even with Hunt and the other backs, Chubb has proven that he can be, and should be, the man on this offense. The wide receiver position has garnered much of the attention this offseason with the acquisition of Odell Beckham, Jr., but this stable of running backs should not be overlooked.
If you enjoyed this article, be sure to check out yesterday’s breakdown on Juston Burris.