Browns head coach Freddie Kitchens on what Kareem Hunt signing means for Nick Chubb
The Cleveland Browns took a chance recently and signed former Kansas City Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt. The signing raised a lot of speculation of what it means for promising rookie running back Nick Chubb. Head coach Freddie Kitchens addressed exactly that on Wednesday.
#Browns HC Freddie Kitchens on what Kareem Hunt signing means for Nick Chubb: "Nick Chubb's our running back. We're always looking for good football players to come in and compete. Nick Chubb's not going to back down from any competitive situation."
— Keith Britton (@KeithBritton86) February 27, 2019
Chubb showed unbelievable promise throughout the 2018 season after the Browns decided to trade former running back Carlos Hyde to the Jacksonville Jaguars. After the trade, Chubb was brilliant and tormented defenses with his tough run style and bursts of speed, so it would be incredibly unwise for the team to completely turn to Kareem Hunt.
While Hunt has been given a second chance in the NFL, it’s clear he faces some form of punishment and might not even play next season at all. Chubb appears to be the team’s running back for the foreseeable future and could be for the entire 2019 season. Once Hunt steps foot on the field for the Browns for the first time and all controversies aside, it’s scary to think what he and Chubb could do together.
The Browns are a fantastic up and coming team, so it’ll be interesting to see if they can sway any other free agents over to the team next season. It’s likely the Browns’ days of being at the bottom of the division, and the NFL overall, are over for a while now. If it weren’t for a slow start to the season, Cleveland may have seen themselves in the playoffs for the first time since 2002.