No 1. Nick Chubb (Offensive player of the year)
Out of all of the guys that I believe have the potential to win an award on the Browns, Nick Chubb has the best chance by far.
Entering a new run-first scheme that Kevin Stefanski is set to implement, he is going to get yet another heavy dose of carries this season. It is pretty clear that ex-head coach Freddie Kitchens’ offense was a mess last season. Amid that big mess, Chubb still finished second in yards, all while being able to make a strong argument that if it weren’t for Kitchens he would have won the title.
Another factor that plays heavily into the factor of Chubb attempting to get an NFL award is that he has two new offensive linemen that should boost the performance of the line as a whole a ton. Jack Conklin was the highest-graded free-agent tackle, and Jedrick Wills was a top tackle in the draft, we just have to wait and see how his transition to the other tackle position goes.
Chubb has averaged 5.1 yards per carry in his first two seasons, and should have been a 1,000-yard rusher in his rookie year — he hit the 1,000-yard mark and then had a run for a loss that put him at 996 for the year.
I believe that it is safe to say that Chubb will rush for 1,000 yards again this season, disregarding any injuries that could occur. Chubb has always been the type of person to keep his head down and work, so you will never hear about potentially winning an award from him.
Stefanski is going to put Chubb in the right system and in the right situations for Chubb to shine again this season, and it is only a matter of time before we get to see him running up and down First Energy again.