Cleveland Browns: 3 reasons to give Nick Chubb the ball more

John Suchan
Sep 19, 2021; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Cleveland Browns running back Nick Chubb (24) runs the ball into the end zone for a touchdown against the Houston Texans during the fourth quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Galvin-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 19, 2021; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Cleveland Browns running back Nick Chubb (24) runs the ball into the end zone for a touchdown against the Houston Texans during the fourth quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Galvin-USA TODAY Sports /
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Browns, Nick Chubb (24) during the second half at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports /

No. 2: He’s the Browns best offensive weapon

Entering Week 8, Nick Chubb leads the league in several rushing categories. That includes rushing yards (740), yards after contact (510), and rushing touchdowns (8). He’s the team’s best offensive player and should be used that way. While he’s been given many opportunities and produced it still seems as if he could help this offense out even more if used more.

Right now, Cleveland has a backup quarterback in Jacoby Brissett filling in as the starter until Deshaun Watson returns from an 11-game suspension — which will be in Week 13 against Houston. Brissett shouldn’t be expected to win games for the team via his arm but that’s what it seems the Cleveland coaching staff plans to do week in and week out. That may be the formula to win games by many teams in the NFL, but for the Browns, it’s the run game that should dominate a game with passing sprinkled in.

That’s not to suggest that Chubb be handed the ball 40 times a game for the team to have a chance. But it is a strong suggestion that giving him more than 20 carries in a game would probably be a better way to get a victory.

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