The Cleveland Browns have the best running back in the league, but for how long?
Outside of Jim Brown, there isn’t one running back that Cleveland Browns fans will say was better than Nick Chubb. Brown set the standard, but Chubb has lived up to that standard. In fact, there hasn’t been a running back since Brown on Chubb’s level as a player. Chubb has easily been one of the best players the team has had since 1999.
Chubb, Myles Garrett, and Joe Thomas have been in a league of their own. And much like the other two men, Chubb is being seen as one of, if not the best player at his position as well. Not just by us, but by outlets by PFF.
PFF has tagged Chubb as the best running back in all of the NFL for the 2023 season, saying;
"1. Nick Chubb, Cleveland BrownsChubb takes the top honor here for his consistency. He’s never posted a rushing grade below 80.0, and his most recent grade of 90.7 in 2022 was a career high. Along with being one of the most physically gifted backs, he regularly forces missed tackles at one of the highest rates in the NFL and ranks near the top in yards-per-carry average."
Nick Chubb being the No. 1 running back in the league won’t last long with the Cleveland Browns’ new offense
The Cleveland Browns have leaned on Chubb for years as their feature offensive player and while he’s missed some time here or there, has largely on the workload with ease. He’s the hardest running back to tackle in the league due to a combination of power and shiftiness. Not an overly athletic running back like Christian McCaffery, Chubb has made his name by only giving defenders the worst parts of his body to try to tackle at the last possible moment.
It hasn’t been the most flashy of offenses, and Chubb hasn’t put up LaDanian Tomlinson-type touchdowns, but the Browns have been a tough team to beat with him as the featured player.
Yet, in 2023, the focus will not be on Chubb anymore and will instead be on Deshaun Watson and the passing offense. There is rumor after rumor that says that Chubb will see fewer reps and go from 17 carries per game to about 10. One rumor claims that the way the Browns finished the season against the Steelers is a prototype of how they intend to build the new offense for 2023.
If that ends up being true and Chubb just doesn’t get the same focus, then there’s no way Chubb repeats as the top running back in the league.
- Published on 06/23/2023 at 20:33 PM
- Last updated at 06/23/2023 at 20:38 PM