The near-1,000-yard man: Nick Chubb
For a brief moment, Nick Chubb crosses the 1,000-yard mark during his rookie campaign, becoming the first Cleveland running back to do so since Peyton Hillis back in 2010. Then, Chubb went backward. He was stuffed for a loss on his last couple of runs and ended up with 996 yards on the season.
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Even though he didn’t officially cross the 1,000-yard plateau on the year, it was quite the season for the No. 35 overall pick out of Georgia. He started out behind Carlos Hyde but showed immense potential. Enough so that the Browns ended up sending Hyde to Jacksonville in exchange for a late-round pick. After that, Chubb got rolling and even set the franchise record for the longest run ever as he took off for 92-yards in a win against the Atlanta Falcons.
Looking ahead to 2019, Chubb will be the top back starting out the season. He will have eight weeks to assert his dominance until Kareem Hint comes into the mix. That will take snaps from him but Chubb has shown an ability to share the backfield and remain successful.
While playing collegiately for UGA, he was on the same team as Sony Michel, who wound up being a first-round pick of the New England Patriots. In that offense, Chubb showed he can get rolling in a hurry and doesn’t lose anything when taken out of the action for a few plays. Even if he doesn’t hit 1,000-yards again this season, he’s still going to be an effective weapon who gets plenty of touches in 2019.