Cleveland Browns: Ranking each 2018 position group
By Dan Justik
5. Running Backs
Another group that has been revamped this offseason, with the only roster holdover being Duke Johnson. But with the additions of Carlos Hyde and Nick Chubb, Johnson will not get the same amount of touches that he received in years prior.
Johnson was utilized mainly as a receiver out of the backfield, and he was electric in the open field. He also ran the ball well, rushing for an average of 4.2 yards per carry. But with Hyde and Chubb in the fold, he won’t see many touches other than as a third down receiver.
Hyde has been a solid running back in four years in the NFL. He has rushed for more than four yards per carry in every season in his career except for last season. But he has never rushed for 1,000 yards. He is also an underrated pass catcher, as he had 350 receiving yards last season.
Chubb is the interesting piece of the puzzle. Even with Hyde and Johnson in the fold, the Browns decided to use a second-round pick on the rookie. He is a powerful downhill runner that will pick chunks of yardage. It will be interesting to see how they split the carries up between the three running backs.