Cleveland Browns Team Awards: MVP, Rookie of the Year, more handed out
Offensive Player of the Year: Nick Chubb, Running Back
There can be an argument for Baker Mayfield to win this award as well, but the Offensive Player of the Year finds a different home as Nick Chubb takes the award. The No. 35 overall pick. Chubb was actually the third guy selected by general manager John Dorsey — after Mayfield, Denzel Ward, and Austin Corbett.
Like Mayfield, he was also held back by Jackson and Haley who believed a veteran was the better option — even when he wasn’t. The displaced duo continually used Carlos Hyde despite Chubb outperforming him at every opportunity.
Eventually, Dorsey shipped Hyde to the Jaguars to force the coaches’ hands. Chubb immediately made them look smart for the move as he ran all over opponents for the second half of the season. He set a franchise record for a single rush with a 92-yard run against the Atlanta Falcons and missed the 1,000-yard mark by just four yards.
Chubb was the guy who kept the team ahead of the chains and went for a total of 10 touchdowns on the season. He was a workhorse, but also proved he can take it to the house with his multiple huge runs — as he had in Oakland when he ran for 105 yards on just three carries. For that reason, he takes the Offensive Player of the Year award.