Welcome back to another installment of Decoding Backfields. If you’ve been tuning in for the last few pieces, you know this goes. If not, here’s the quick version. My goal is to decode a backfield with question marks surrounding a specific player value and anticipated production for this coming season. If you’d like to read my previous pieces, they are listed here:
As we shift our attention to Cleveland, the Browns are once again treating us to exciting offseason. The offense is loaded with potential, and quarterback Baker Mayfield is entering his third season. The backfield has a definite starter, at least according to past production and current ADP, but there’s an argument to be made for pivoting.
Just missing out on a rushing title in 2019 to Derrick Henry, Nick Chubb has solidified himself as one of the best pure rushers in the league. In his first two seasons, he’s totaled 490 carries, 2,490 rushing yards, and 16 rushing touchdowns. He’s efficient, durable, and doesn’t miss games.