The Cleveland Browns have a bright future in their offensive backfield. Baker Mayfield and Nick Chubb both had terrific rookie seasons, and their efforts have been rewarded with two jerseys now honored at the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
The Cleveland Browns have been lacking major playmakers at the game’s most important positions for decades. Now, they’re set to have an embarrassment of riches in their offensive backfield, with two of football’s bright young offensive stars: quarterback Baker Mayfield and running back Nick Chubb.
The Pro Football Hall of Fame seems to agree, as they displayed jerseys for Mayfield and Chubb, honoring their iconic moments during the season.
For Mayfield, the Hall of Fame chose his jersey from his first NFL start. 10 days after coming in for an injured Tyrod Taylor against the Jets, and leading the Browns to their first win in two years, Mayfield took on the Raiders in an offensive shootout. Although he did suffer a couple of rookie mistakes in his first full game, throwing a pair of interceptions, he still impressed with 295 yards and two touchdowns.
Mayfield would go on to throw 25 more touchdowns, setting the rookie passing touchdown record in just 13 starts. The record previously held by Russell Wilson and Peyton Manning now belongs to Mayfield, and he is absolutely deserving of such an honor at the Hall of Fame.
Nick Chubb’s defining moment of the season came when he set a new Browns record against the Atlanta Falcons. With a 92-yard rushing touchdown that showcased his surprising amount of burst, Chubb wrote himself into Browns history, with the team’s longest rushing touchdown ever. Chubb rushed for just under 1,000 yards in his rookie season, even though the majority of his playing time came in just the second half of the season.
As the offseason begins, it’s nice to know that the Browns are set with two studs at important offensive positions. Mayfield is Cleveland’s franchise quarterback, the cornerstone they’ve been missing for so long. Chubb is an electric power back that fits the exact mold that a Cleveland Browns running back should. Hopefully, for both Mayfield and Chubb, this isn’t their last induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.