Outside of Nick Chubb, questions still remain for Cleveland Browns run game in 2023

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The Cleveland Browns have had a good run game led by Nick Chubb but going into 2023 there are questions about the group that remain

For the last five seasons, the Cleveland Browns have had a great run game in large part due to Nick Chubb building on a Hall of Fame career. Obviously, he has benefitted from an outstanding offensive line and that will still be there going into 2023. However, going into this season, there are more questions than answers with this run game. There will be changes in personnel and that will have a bearing on things.

Some believe that the Browns run game is set and has depth going into the season, but that's just not the case. Having Chubb leading the way is always going to be a luxury but besides him there aren't any other set pieces. Let's look at some of these questions that will need to be resolved for this run game to really be set.

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Question No. 1: Will either Kareem Hunt or D'Ernest Johnson be back?

The quick answer is no, neither player will likely be back as Kareem Hunt and D'Ernest Johnson are both free agents. Hunt wanted to be traded in the early part of last season and despite him having a couple of good years alongside Chubb, his past campaign was a real struggle and he will likely look to find a new home elsewhere.

Johnson is also likely to be on the move, but there could be a chance he stays with the team as the primary backup to Chubb. Last season, Johnson barely touched the ball after being a good fill-in for both Chubb and Hunt back in 2021. That year, he ran the ball 100 times for 534 yards and scored three touchdowns.