Nick Chubb, Running Back
We all know Nick Chubb’s spot on the team is secure. He was taken at No. 35, which means the team was high on his upside — and with good reason.
Chubb was a monster on the ground for the Georgia Bulldogs and brings an old-school style of running to the Browns offense.
After a slow start in Week 1, he’s turned it on. In their final preseason game, he showed out on the opening drive. Chubb went for 30 yards and a touchdown on just five carries. He’s going to enter the season behind veteran Carlos Hyde but proved that he deserves to get plenty of touches once the regular season kicks off.
Austin Corbett, Offensive Guard
Like Chubb, Austin Corbett was picked in the second round by the Cleveland Browns. He also started a bit slow in Week 1.
Judging him on that game wasn’t fair though. Corbett played left tackle in college while at Nevada and had to move inside to guard.
That’s not an easy thing to do as he was learning the game at a higher level as well as a whole new position. In time, it was believed he would improve and so far he has.
Every week, Corbett has been just a little better and Thursday was another example. Corbett was solid in pass protection but really stood out in the run game, especially on pulls where he got out in space and helped open holes for the running backs who looked so good.
Of course, Corbett’s job was never in jeopardy but his strong showing gives him — and the team— plenty of confidence as they prepare for Pittsburgh next week.