Dud: Nick Chubb, Running Back
This one goes back to the earlier mention of the Browns offensive linemen. With their guards struggling, the holes just weren’t there for rookie quarterback Nick Chibb — who got the majority of the snaps in this one. Chubb finished with just 11 yards on 15 carries, with a long rush of four-yards on the night. He did manage 12 yards on his only catch, which showed how bad his night was as that line play topped his rushing yardage total.
While again the line takes some blame, he was a bit hesitant on some of his carries. He looked nothing like the player who was abusive to defenders while running for the Georgia Bulldogs.
Surely, overreacting to one game — especially a preseason one — is a bad thing to do. Chubb showed during his time against SEC defenses that he can be a monster on the field. He topped 1,000-yards in three of four seasons.
The only time he failed to hit that feat was 2015 when Chubb suffered a devastating knee injury. There were concerns that he wasn’t going to be the same player when he got back on the field, but Chubb showed no issues with the knee the past two seasons.
Currently, he’s pushing Carlos Hyde for time and will likely have his moment in the sun before long. It just wasn’t in this game.