3. Hunt/Chubb combo is sick
Another thing that stood out was how smooth rookie Jedrick Wills looked at left tackle. The Browns No. 10 overall pick is moving from the right side at Alabama to the left in the pros and in his first practice, he was praised for his footwork. Also drawing praise was Jack Conklin who will be lining up opposite him as the right tackle.
While these two are doing their thing, the real story ends up being the way the skill players were able to excel thanks to the linemen doing their jobs. On Friday we saw this come to fruition as Wills, Conklin, and the rest of the line opened up holes for the running back duo of Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt.
The most impressive play in that regard came on a handoff to Hunt as No. 27 took a hand-off from Baker Mayfield and kicked it into a second gear once he was past the line.
For as much talk as Chubb generates — and rightfully so — it’s easy to forget how dynamic Hunt is. Chubb finished 2019 second in the NFL in rushing yards with 1,494. As for Hunt, the last time he played a full season (and the only time) was in 2017 with the Kansas City Chiefs, and that year, he led the league with 1,327 yards.
Hunt, who has had his off-field issues well-documented, is motivated this season to prove he deserves a long-term contract. Chubb is motivated to get the rushing title that he just missed out on in 2019.
Now, they have a coach dedicated to pounding the rock and two solid tackles on their offensive line. That’s a recipe for a sick ground game that could be one of the best this team has ever had — which is saying something.