Cleveland Browns: Ideal roles for the running back room

Browns, Nick Chubb, Kareem Hunt. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports
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Oct 10, 2021; Inglewood, California, USA; Cleveland Browns running back Kareem Hunt (27) runs the ball against the Los Angeles Chargers during the first half at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports /

Cleveland Browns Ideal Role for Running Backs Kareem Hunt and D’Ernest Johnson

Robin and the 3rd running back

Before we get into the roles of each of these backs, let’s discuss a likely scenario for one or both players; a trade. It is not out of the realm of possibility that either Kareem Hunt and or D’Ernest Johnson could be dealt during the summer months.

Hunt would be the player that would deliver the most value in return, but the Browns remain adamant that they expect him to be a big contributor for them in 2022. He could be a starter on another team, that’s how good he is.

Johnson had a couple of breakout games last season and that could enhance his trade value. He would benefit from being in a true backup or RB2 role, as he would see the field more and have more opportunities to make plays.

Now, if the two remain on the team, their roles, much like Chubb’s, will not change. Hunt will remain the Robin to Chubb’s Batman and the Browns will love every second of it. The duo is arguably the best one-two punch in the game today, and with the addition of Watson, it will be hard to slow that trio down.

Johnson will remain the team’s No. 3 on the depth chart and that’s perfectly fine. He can come in and relive both Chubb and Hunt should either need to come out of the game for any reason, even if it is just for a breather. He recently signed a one-year deal that is the equivalent to his tender, only it guarantees him more money. That is a very trade-friendly contract, so that is still an option.

It is hard to predict which of these two might not be on the roster, but if the right deal comes to the attention of Berry, don’t be shocked to see one or both of these players go elsewhere.