The Cleveland Browns have consistently had one of the best running games in the NFL the last few seasons. They have done a great job building up the offensive line, but you still need a running back that can make the most of those holes, and even create some production when things break down, for the running game to have success.
The Browns learned that they have three players capable of doing that. Nick Chubb leads the backfield, as Kareem Hunt can get the job done but is one of the best pass-catching backs in the NFL. D’Ernest Johnson was pressed into duty last season when Chubb and Hunt were sidelined and produced as well.
Since entering the league as a second-round pick in 2018, Chubb has been one of the most prolific running backs in the NFL. He is a tough runner and very tough to bring down. In fact, he is the most difficult running back to tackle in the league.
According to PFF, Chubb has the most missed tackles forced since 2020 with 115. That ties him with Dalvin Cook of the Minnesota Vikings. Josh Jacobs of the Las Vegas Raiders is third with 108, Derrick Henry of the Tennessee Titans is fourth with 107 and Jonathan Taylor rounds out the top five with 106.
Chubb has averaged at least five yards per carry and scored eight touchdowns on the ground in all four seasons of his career. That has resulted in three consecutive Pro Bowl nominations as he has quickly cemented himself as one of the best running backs in the NFL. He could put up even bigger numbers this season with Deshaun Watson under center.
At times with Baker Mayfield as the starting quarterback, opposing defenses would stack the box and dare the Browns to throw the ball. With Watson under center, that will likely occur less as teams know that he is capable of beating them with his arm. Chubb will benefit greatly from that, as he could face the most favorable boxes of his career to date in 2022.