Independence Day is here and Cleveland Browns fans have plenty to celebrate. Here we look at four things to get excited about with this 2021 team.
The Fourth of July is a celebration of the independence of America and what better way to celebrate this than to gush about America’s Team, the Cleveland Browns.
Sure, that moniker gets thrown around for some other club, but those of us who are already on the orange and brown train know which team really has the pulse of America — and that’s our Brownies.
So to honor the love our country has for this team, we dive into four things to be thankful about on this July 4, 2021 — starting with arguably the deepest position on the roster, running back.
4. One, two punch
Not everything that John Dorsey did while running the Cleveland Browns worked out, but the former general manager did have his share of massive hits. Two of those are players at the same position — Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt.
Chubb was added in the 2018 NFL Draft and as a rookie, he had 996 yards and it would have been more if Hue Jackson and Todd Haley weren’t intent on keeping him on the bench early in the season. Despite him being capable of carrying the load, Dorsey then added the 2017 NFL rushing champ, Kareem Hunt, in 2019.
Hunt was released by the Kansas City Chiefs for an off-field incident that involved an altercation with a female but Dorsey was willing to give his former draft pick from K.C. another shot. Hunt served an eight-game suspension but then had 37 receptions in the second half of the season. That was a solid contribution while Chubb had 1,494 yards and came in second in the NFL in rushing yards.
In 2020, Chubb had 1,067 yards and 12 touchdowns but missed four games. With him out, Hunt carried the load and finished with 841 yards rushing, 304 receiving, and 11 total touchdowns.
These two form the best running back duo in the NFL and it’s not even close.