Cleveland Browns show belief in Nick Chubb with trade of Carlos Hyde

Scott Galvin

Scott Galvin

Throughout his two and a half season tenure with the Cleveland Browns, Jackson has been, to put it lightly, of two minds on a few things.

Hyde joined the Browns this past offseason and has 382 yards rushing and five touchdowns so far in 2018. The trade for Hyde cost the Jaguars only a 5th round draft pick in 2019. He never rushed for 1,000 yards in a season due in part to injuries derailing multiple campaigns.

While the move shores up the Jaguars' backfield with Fournette continuing to rehab an injured hamstring, it also frees up rookie Nick Chubb for more carries in Cleveland. In addition to their own picks in the first six rounds, the Browns acquired a third-rounder from New England, Jacksonville's fifth-rounder, another fifth-rounder from New England and a seventh-rounder from Jacksonville. That makes all the sense in the world, considering the running back position is built on explosive plays and youth.

Chubb hasn't caught a single pass this year, so you'll likely be relying on him in the exact role Hyde held prior to the trade.

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Chubb is averaging 10.8 yards per carry, including touchdown runs of 63 and 41 yards at Oakland in Week 4. He's had just 19 carries this season. While Chubb has shown flashes of upside, he's yet to see more than three carries in a game.

Earlier this week, Browns coach Hue Jackson said it was vital to get Chubb more touches.

The Jacksonville Jaguars are known much more for their defense than their offense.

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