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Browns to give rookie RB Nick Chubb more carries

Nick Chubb

The Cleveland Browns may have felt cheated out of a win in Week 4. However, they did manage to get a good look at Chubb’s potential moving forward.

The rookie enjoyed a breakout performance against the Oakland Raiders. As a result, head coach Hue Jackson is ready to give Chubb more carries, via Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer:

“Unbelievable,” Browns coach Hue Jackson said. “He has to get some [more touches]. Hyde is playing well, but this guy is scoring touchdowns from long ways away. I was impressed. I watched those two touchdowns on tape, and they were even better than they were on the field. He ran away from some people on the first one and ran away from some people on the second one. It just looked natural and easy. He was gone. They could not touch him.

Jackson’s declaration should come as no surprise. Chubb managed to rush for 105 yards and two touchdowns on just three carries. Of course, he did it in spectacular fashion with his first coming on a 63-yard scamper. His playmaking ability could be of great use to a Browns offense looking to establish its identity.

Cleveland had largely relied on running back Carlos Hyde as their workhorse back this season. The same was true on Sunday when he toted the ball 22 times for 82 yards and a touchdown. However, he came nowhere close to the type of efficiency Chubb enjoyed. That said, it appears his increased role will cut into Hyde’s carries. Meanwhile, running back Duke Johnson figures to remain as their option in passing situations.