Chuba Hubbard

Carolina Panthers
Running Back
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Running Back

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Tops 20 carries

Hubbard rushed 21 times for 69 yards in Sunday's 10-7 win over the Saints.

Analysis: Hubbard's season high in carries came after teammate D'Onta Foreman was ejected early in the third quarter. Although he wasn't very efficient with his involvement Sunday, Hubbard's importance behind Foreman grew this season after the Panthers traded Christian McCaffrey in October. In 15 games, Hubbard rushed 95 times for 466 yards (4.9 per carry) for two touchdowns, and caught 14 of 17 targets for 171 yards. Despite Carolina facing uncertainty over their coach, quarterback and starting tailback next season -- when it's unclear whether Foreman will return -- Hubbard's dependability through his first two seasons could see him remain involved as a complementary option regardless of the surrounding pieces.

Jan 8, 2023 1:21 PM EST

Stands out as receiver Sunday

Hubbard rushed three times for 12 yards and secured all three targets for 53 yards in the Panthers' 30-24 loss to the Buccaneers on Sunday. He also committed a fumble recovered by Carolina.

Analysis: Hubbard's rushing work unexpectedly dried up, but he did salvage his day somewhat with his solid work through the air. The second-year back's carry total was his lowest since Week 6, but he does have a trio of three-catch efforts over the last four games going into a Week 18 road matchup against the Saints.

Jan 1, 2023 3:19 PM EST

Gets over 100-yard mark in win

Hubbard rushed 12 times for 125 yards in the Panthers' 37-23 win over the Lions on Saturday.

Analysis: The second-year back teamed with backfield mate D'Onta Foreman to consistently rip off chunk plays against what had been an improving Lions run defense, although 65 of Hubbard's yards actually came on his first two carries of the contest. Hubbard's yardage total was a career high and marked only his second time eclipsing the century mark, and he'll aim to once again play a key role when the Panthers visit the Buccaneers for a critical Week 17 matchup on Sun., Jan. 1 that could decide the NFC South title.

Dec 24, 2022 2:46 PM EST

Impact as receiver

Hubbard rushed four times for 10 yards and caught all three of his targets for 57 yards in Sunday's 24-16 loss to the Steelers.

Analysis: Hubbard actually led the Panthers in rushing yards, evidencing their struggles in the ground game. Despite that situation, he still made a strong impact as a receiver, going for a game-long gain of 45 yards at one point. Without a double-digit touch count like in his two games prior, however, Hubbard's output came from fewer opportunities.

Dec 18, 2022 1:25 PM EST

Nearly 100 from scrimmage

Hubbard rushed 14 times for 74 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 30-24 win over the Seahawks. He also caught all three of his targets for 25 yards.

Analysis: Hubbard scored from two yards to begin the second quarter. The tailback tied teammate D'Onta Foreman for Carolina's lead in rushing yards, although Hubbard did so from seven fewer carries. With the Panthers totaling 46 rushing attempts, there were plenty of opportunities to go around, as third-stringer Raheem Blackshear even carried four times for 32 yards and a score. However, thanks to his contribution in the passing game, Hubbard was the most productive member of the backfield, turning in an impressive Week 14 performance.

Dec 11, 2022 4:50 PM EST

Earns 17 carries

Hubbard rushed the ball 17 times for 65 yards in Sunday's 23-10 win over the Broncos.

Analysis: Hubbard saw a relatively even split in workload with D'Onta Foreman, which led to his first game of the season with double-digit rushing attempts. Hubbard was still the secondary back, however, and benefitted from an extremely run-heavy offensive game plan for the Panthers. Moving forward, Carolina will likely have to throw the ball more often to remain competitive, in which case Hubbard's role can be projected to shrink.

Nov 27, 2022 8:16 PM EST

Plays second fiddle again

Hubbard rushed four times for no gain and brought in two of three targets for 25 yards in the Panthers' 13-3 loss to the Ravens on Sunday.

Analysis: Hubbard played a clear second fiddle to D'Onta Foreman again , logging nine fewer carries than his backfield mate. The second-year pro did make an impact through the air with his pair of catches, but his fantasy prospects remain muted going into a Week 12 home date against the Broncos.

Nov 20, 2022 7:09 PM EST

Limited role in return

Hubbard (ankle) rushed five times for 14 yards in the Panthers' 25-15 win over the Falcons on Thursday night.

Analysis: Hubbard's minimal role wasn't a complete surprise given he was coming off a two-game absence due to an ankle injury and the fact backfield mate D'Onta Foreman had proven successful in a lead-back role. Interim head coach Steve Wilks continued to afford Foreman the opportunity to helm the backfield Thursday night, a decision that proved to be very prudent considering the latter gained 130 yards and scored a touchdown. Consequently, Hubbard appears set to work in a strict complementary role again during a Week 11 road matchup against the Ravens a week from Sunday.

Nov 10, 2022 9:14 PM EST

Suiting up Thursday

Hubbard (ankle) is listed as active Thursday against the Falcons, Darin Gantt of the Panthers' official site reports.

Analysis: As a result, Hubbard will put an end to a two-game absence due to an ankle injury. Considering he was able to log back-to-back full practices to cap Week 10 prep, he's likely back to 100 percent, or close to it. However, the breakdown of snaps and touches between Hubbard and D'Onta Foreman remains to be seen. Foreman reeled off 100-yard rushing performances Weeks 7 and 8 before falling off to just 23 yards on seven carries this past Sunday in Cincinnati. Meanwhile, Hubbard boasts 6.5 YPC on his 15 rushes this season, so he could be productive if given the chance Thursday.

Nov 10, 2022 3:55 PM EST

In line to play Thursday

Hubbard (ankle) is expected to play Thursday against the Falcons, barring a pregame setback, Jeremy Fowler of reports.

Analysis: After sitting out the Panthers' last two contests due to an ankle issue, Hubbard capped Week 10 prep with full practices Tuesday and Wednesday, only to be tabbed as questionable for Thursday's outing. His availability likely will be tied to a pregame workout, but assuming he gets through that unscathed, he'll rejoin D'Onta Foreman in the team's post-Christian McCaffrey backfield. On the campaign, Hubbard has averaged 6.5 YPC on his 15 rushes, hauled in three of four targets for 11 yards and scored one rushing touchdown in seven appearances.

Nov 10, 2022 2:24 PM EST

Questionable despite full practice

Hubbard (ankle) is listed as questionable for Thursday's game against Atlanta, David Newton of reports.

Analysis: Hubbard seems likely to play after the Panthers listed him as a full practice participant Tuesday and Wednesday. He was the starting running back last time he played and took 11 touches for 73 yards before suffering the ankle injury (Week 7 vs. Tampa), but it's possible Hubbard handles a lesser role upon his return after D'Onta Foreman scored three TDs in a Week 8 loss to Atlanta. The Panthers now face that same vulnerable Falcons defense again, and perhaps with a healthy backfield this time.

Nov 9, 2022 10:17 AM EST

Full practice Tuesday

Hubbard (ankle) practiced in full Tuesday, Darin Gantt of the Panthers' official site reports.

Analysis: Hubbard attempted to give it a go last week, when he logged limited sessions Wednesday and Thursday, but he was a DNP on Friday and ruled out for Carolina's Week 9 visit to Cincinnati. Now with full practice under his belt this week, he's poised to return to the lineup Thursday against the Falcons following a two-game absence. With Christian McCaffrey out of town, Hubbard and D'Onta Foreman are the top candidates for touches out of the Panthers backfield. Whether or not Hubbard can wrest a bigger share of the reps away from Foreman remains to be seen, but Hubbard has reeled off 6.5 YPC on his 15 rushes this season without the benefit of a 20-plus yard run, so he could make a decent impact with a modest workload.

Nov 8, 2022 11:10 AM EST

Seen at practice Tuesday

Hubbard (ankle) was present at the media-access portion of Tuesday's practice, David Newton of reports.

Analysis: In the wake of back-to-back absences due to an ankle injury, Hubbard was listed as limited on Monday's estimated practice report. Now that the Panthers are logging some on-field work during Week 10 prep, he seems in line to be at least a limited participant Tuesday. Still, Hubbard's status is up in the air as the team prepares for Thursday's game against the Falcons. If he gains clearance to play, there's a decent chance he'd play second fiddle to D'Onta Foreman, who has two 100-yard efforts on the ground in the last three contests.

Nov 8, 2022 9:33 AM EST

Limited on practice estimate

Hubbard (ankle) was listed as limited on Monday's practice estimate, Darin Gantt of the Panthers' official site reports.

Analysis: Hubbard has missed the Panthers' last two games due to an ankle injury, so he's no lock to return to action Thursday night against the Falcons. However, Tuesday's practice should provide added context on that front and if Hubbard is able to return to action in Week 10, he'd bolster a Carolina backfield that has been paced by D'Onta Foreman of late, following the team's trade of Christian McCaffrey to the 49ers.

Nov 7, 2022 2:52 PM EST

Ruled out for Week 9

Hubbard (ankle) is ruled out for Sunday's game against the Bengals.

Analysis: Hubbard did not practice Friday after having been limited Wednesday and Thursday, setting him up for a second straighter missed contest. That positions D'Onta Foreman, who is coming off back-to-back games with 100-plus rushing yards, to lead Carolina's backfield again Sunday versus the Bengals. Hubbard's next chance to play will come on Thursday Night Football against the Falcons in Week 10.

Nov 4, 2022 9:00 AM EST

Remains limited Thursday

Hubbard (ankle) practiced in a limited capacity Thursday.

Analysis: Hubbard emerged from Week 7 with a sprained ankle that kept him off the practice field last week and sidelined him this past Sunday in Atlanta. After two capped sessions to kick off Week 9 prep, he appears to be closing in on a return to action. Ultimately, his listing on Friday's injury report will give a sense of his potential to play Sunday at Cincinnati. If he's able to suit up this weekend, Hubbard may play second fiddle to D'Onta Foreman, who has gone for exactly 118 rushing yards in back-to-back games.

Nov 3, 2022 11:39 AM EST

Limited in return to practice

Hubbard (ankle) was a limited practice participant Wednesday.

Analysis: It was his first participation since spraining his ankle in the fourth quarter of a Week 7 win over Tampa Bay. Teammate D'Onta Foreman then scored three TDs in the Week 8 loss to Atlanta sans Hubbard, who said Monday that he hopes to make it back for the game in Cincinnati this Sunday. Coach Steve Wilks said he'll have a chance, and Hubbard still has two more chances to log a full practice by the end of the week.

Nov 2, 2022 11:53 AM EST

Returns to practice

Hubbard (ankle) returned to practice Wednesday, Ellis L. Williams of The Charlotte Observer reports.

Analysis: Hubbard and coach Steve Wilks both were optimistic Monday that the running back would return for Sunday's game in Cincinnati, after his absence from the Week 8 loss to Atlanta helped D'Onta Foreman score a trio of touchdown. Hubbard actually got more work than Foreman through the first three quarters of Carolina's first game without Christian McCaffrey (Week 7), only to exit early with an ankle sprain. It looks like he may miss just the one game, though it's possible he's now fallen behind Foreman in the backfield pecking order.

Nov 2, 2022 10:17 AM EST

Trending in right direction

Hubbard (ankle) and interim head coach Steven Wilks both said Monday that they feel good about the possibility of the running back playing in Week 9, Steve Reed of the Associated Press and Joe Person of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Hubbard wasn't able to practice during Week 8 prep due to an ankle injury he picked up a week prior. However, it appears the time off did the running back well, and he'll have a shot to play Sunday against the Bengals. With Christian McCaffrey gone, D'Onta Foreman has dominated over the last two games, but if Hubbard is available, expect him to carve out a sizable role against Cincinnati as well.

Oct 31, 2022 1:34 PM EST

Ruled out for Week 8

Hubbard (ankle) is officially ruled out for Sunday's game against the Falcons.

Analysis: Hubbard hasn't practiced in any capacity since injuring his ankle Week 7 versus Tampa Bay, setting him up for at least a one-game absence. That positions D'Onta Foreman to lead Carolina's backfield in Atlanta on Sunday, while Raheem Blackshear could also see increased reps while bumping up to the No. 2 role. Hubbard's next chance to play will come Week 9 on the road against Cincinnati.

Oct 28, 2022 9:01 AM EST

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