Nick Chubb should post RB1 numbers for the first half of the season and probably longer, as the team begins to incorporate Hunt into the offense over the second half of the season. Duke Johnson remains in limbo, but he should serve as Chubb's primary backup while Hunt serves his suspension.
Hunt joins an already talented backfield featuring Nick Chubb and Duke Johnson. Chubb was shaping up to be a top 10 pick at his position, though Hunt's arrival throws some cold water on Chubb's upside. Johnson was already being underutilized and speculation has already begun that the team may look to move him. At this point, we're assuming that Hunt will compete with Johnson for backup duties behind Chubb. Keep in mind that the NFL has yet to announce Hunt's suspension, so that will play a factor as well.
Nick Chubb, the Browns' second-round pick out of Georgia, had his first career 100-yard game in Oakland, despite carrying the ball only three times. He scored on touchdown runs of 63 and 41 yards, the latter putting the Browns up 42-34 with 4:20 left in the game.
"Unbelievable,'' said Jackson. "He has to get some. Hyde is playing well, but this guy is scoring touchdowns from long ways away. I was impressed. I watched those two touchdowns on tape (Monday), 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.
"He made a guy miss, broke a tackle. It was impressive. We have good backs. We know that. Sometimes it is going to be hit and miss where some other guy is making it happen and then the other guy goes in and does it.''
Heading into the game, Chubb had only seven carries for 41 yards. On the season, he has only 10 carries compared to Carlos Hyde's 83. That will change, beginning Sunday against the Ravens, the story said. The story added the team will likely continue to use all three backs, but for Chubb to get more work it may mean Hyde loses some touches.
Browns coach Hue Jackson said we've got to get Duke Johnson opportunities and we will, he's one of our better players.
So far this season Johnson has carried the ball eight times for 20 yards but what's really eye-opening is that he has just three receptions for 15 yards. He was targeted six times in sloppy conditions in Week 1, but he had just two targets last week against the Saints.