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Nick Chubb

Cleveland Browns
Running Back #31
Cleveland Browns
Running Back #31
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Finds end zone twice in loss

Chubb carried the ball 15 times for 83 yards and two touchdowns and caught both his targets for 18 yards in Sunday's 33-29 loss to Kansas City.

Analysis: The 25-year-old found the end zone twice in the first half as the Browns built a 22-10 lead, but the defense couldn't keep Patrick Mahomes down for a full 60 minutes. Chubb saw 17 touches to Kareem Hunt's nine on the afternoon, a ratio that would provide a big boost to Chubb's fantasy potential if it holds for the rest of 2021. He could be poised for another big game in Week 2 at home against the Texans.

Sep 12, 2021 7:39 PM EST

Sits out preseason finale

Chubb did not play in Sunday's 19-10 win over the Falcons in preseason Week 3.

Analysis: Some of the Browns regulars got work Sunday -- quarterback Baker Mayfield, running back Kareem Hunt -- but Chubb was given a pass. Chubb made zero headlines during training camp, which is a good thing. He and the Browns will begin preparations for Week 1 of the regular season at Kansas City.

Aug 30, 2021 5:31 AM EST

Inks three-year extension

Chubb and the Browns agreed to a three-year, $36.6 million extension Saturday that includes $20 million guaranteed, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: The 2018 second-round pick was entering the final year of his rookie deal, but he's now under contract with Cleveland through the 2024 campaign. Chubb played in 12 games last year and ran for 1,067 yards and 12 touchdowns on 5.6 yards per carry after breaking out with 1,494 rushing yards in 2019. He's projected to remain one of the top running backs in the league for the foreseeable future despite Kareem Hunt also being in the backfield mix.

Jul 31, 2021 4:11 PM EST

Wants to remain a Brown

Chubb indicated he wants to remain a member of the Browns after his rookie contract expires in 2021, Jake Trotter of reports. "It would mean a lot," Chubb said. "Cleveland is where I want to be. Hopefully everything can work out in that direction."

Analysis: Chubb added that his agent and the team have already discussed a potential extension this offseason. He's been a key component of Cleveland's offense since he arrived as a second-round pick in 2018, but it was the 2020 season behind one of the best offensive lines in the NFL and as part of a run-heavy offense that solidified his desire to remain with Cleveland.

Jun 16, 2021 5:18 AM EST

Limited impact in postseason exit

Chubb rushed 13 times for 69 yards and caught two of five targets for four yards in Sunday's 22-17 loss to the Chiefs in the AFC divisional round.

Analysis: Chubb was bottled up in the first half, mustering just 12 yards on five carries and three targets. He finally got going on Cleveland's first touchdown drive in the third quarter, ripping off runs of 23 and 18 yards on consecutive plays to set up a Jarvis Landry touchdown catch. Chubb also converted a 4th-and-1 later in the quarter, reestablishing himself as the leading figure in the Browns' offense. Even with Kareem Hunt -- who scored a fourth-quarter rushing touchdown -- siphoning off a sizable chunk of touches in Cleveland's backfield, Chubb has established himself as one of the premier running backs in the league with consecutive seasons over 1,000 rushing yards and over 5.0 yards per carry.

Jan 17, 2021 3:58 PM EST

Notches 40-yard receiving TD

Chubb ran for 76 yards on 18 carries, hauling in all four of his targets for 69 yards and a receiving touchdown during Sunday's 48-37 wild-card win against the Steelers.

Analysis: Having paced the NFL with 4.0 yards per carry after contact this season, Chubb netted his second consecutive 1,000-yard rushing campaign despite missing Weeks 5 through 8 because of a sprained MCL in his right knee. He also entered the playoffs with an astounding seven rushing TDs over his final six regular-season outings. After chalking up 108 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries against Pittsburgh last Sunday afternoon, Chubb rumbled for 17 yards on his opening carry of the wild-card round, following that up with a 20-yard scamper the very next play. He made a vital contribution in the passing game, with his 40-yard receiving score in the fourth quarter shifting the tide back in Cleveland's favor for good. A divisional-round matchup against the Chiefs offers a challenge, as Kansas City held opponents to 90 or fewer rushing yards in five of its final seven regular-season games.

Jan 10, 2021 8:49 PM EST

Tops 1,000 yards on ground

Chubb carried the ball 14 times for 108 yards and a touchdown in Week 17 against the Steelers.

Analysis: Chubb topped 1,000 rushing yards on the season with his third carry of the game -- a 47-yard touchdown. That feat is even more impressive given that Chubb missed four contests with a knee injury, beginning in Week 5. He closed the season strong upon his return, topping 100 total yards in all but two of his last eight efforts. He'll play a key role in the Browns' potential playoff success and will continue to lead the team's backfield.

Jan 3, 2021 2:45 PM EST

Finds end zone in loss

Chubb rushed 11 times for 28 yards and a touchdown while catching all five of his targets for 38 yards in Sunday's 23-16 loss to the Jets.

Analysis: Chubb was bottled up in the first half, mustering only six yards on eight carries as Cleveland fell into a 13-3 hole. The team largely abandoned the run while playing catch-up after halftime, but Chubb managed to salvage his day with a one-yard touchdown late in the third quarter. He also set a new season high with five catches. Chubb should see a heavier workload on the ground in Week 17 as the Browns try to break a 17-year playoff drought against Pittsburgh.

Dec 27, 2020 1:29 PM EST

Scores from in close on SNF

Chubb rushed 15 times for 50 yards and a touchdown while catching both of his targets for 18 yards in Sunday's 20-6 win over the Giants.

Analysis: Chubb punched in a one-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter to salvage what would have been a mediocre outing in a favorable matchup (Giants rank 20th in points allowed to opposing running backs). It was the first time the star back was held under 4.0 yards per carry in a game this season (3.3), which is especially surprising when factoring in that he entered the contest with a league-best mark of 5.9 yards per tote. The fact that Sunday's modest output is considered a "bad game" is a great indicator of the elite level Chubb has been performing at in 2020. The 24-year-old will look to break the 1,000-yard mark in rushing yards (10 starts) when the Browns take on the AFC version of New York's football club Sunday.

Dec 20, 2020 9:03 PM EST

Scores twice in narrow defeat

Chubb rushed 17 times for 82 yards and two touchdowns in Monday night's 47-42 loss to the Ravens. He also caught both of his targets for 21 yards.

Analysis: Chubb set the tone for the Browns in the first half, scoring from seven yards to cap Cleveland's opening drive before punching it in from 14 yards prior to halftime. The tailback kept it going in the second half, although teammate Kareem Hunt scored twice when Chubb came out. Despite Hunt's presence, Chubb has been dominant this season, and has been particularly hot lately. Over his last five outings, the 24-year-old is averaging nearly 110 rushing yards and has scored five times. That puts Chubb in great form ahead of Sunday's game at the Giants.

Dec 14, 2020 9:15 PM EST

Tallies seventh touchdown

Chubb rushed the ball 18 times for 80 yards and a touchdown in Week 13 against the Titans. He also chipped in one reception for 26 yards.

Analysis: Chubb's workload was a bit lighter than past weeks as the Browns jumped out to a 38-7 lead. He still managed to make the most of his opportunity, highlighted by a run of 29 yards as well as a one-yard rushing touchdown. Also positive was Chubb's work as a receiver, converting a screen pass into a 26-yard gain midway through the first quarter. Despite missing four games due to a knee injury, Chubb now has seven touchdowns and 874 total yards. He'll run into a tough Ravens defense in Week 14.

Dec 6, 2020 2:30 PM EST

Dominates Jaguars on ground

Chubb carried the ball 19 times for 144 yards and a touchdown in Week 12 against Jacksonville. He added three receptions for 32 yards.

Analysis: Chubb averaged 7.6 yards per carry on the strength of five rushes that went for more than 10 yards. He added onto his big day with a one-yard rushing score for his sixth touchdown of the season. Uncharacteristically, Chubb also chipped in a significant amount as a receiver, highlighted by receptions of 14 and 13 yards. Though Kareem Hunt continues to cut into Chubb's workload, Chubb has topped 100 rushing yards in all three of his contests since returning from a knee injury. He'll draw a matchup against the Titans in Week 13.

Nov 29, 2020 1:45 PM EST

Records fourth 100-yard game

Chubb carried 20 times for 114 yards during Sunday's 22-17 win over the Eagles.

Analysis: Chubb was bottled up in the early going but padded his stat line quite a bit with an explosive 54-yard run in the fourth quarter. He was held out of the end zone and wasn't targeted in the passing game, giving him a respectable yet mundane fantasy line despite the strong effort in a tough matchup. Chubb has surpassed the 100-yard mark in four of his six games this season, scoring five touchdowns as well, and he should thrive on the ground next Sunday against a hapless Jaguars defense.

Nov 22, 2020 2:35 PM EST

Shines in return

Chubb (knee) rushed 19 times for 126 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 10-7 win over Houston. He failed to catch his lone target.

Analysis: In his first action since Week 4, Chubb was involved from the get-go, rushing four times for 19 yards to help set up a field goal on the opening drive. Those were the only points scored by either team until Chubb extended Cleveland's lead to 10-0 with a nine-yard touchdown early in the fourth quarter. Kareem Hunt was the preferred option with the Browns running out the clock on the final drive and finished with 132 scrimmage yards on 19 carries and three catches, but this game was further proof that it's possible for both of Cleveland's running backs to be productive simultaneously, even on a modest day for the offense as a whole. Last season's second-leading rusher has been fantastic when healthy, as Chubb has 461 yards and five touchdown on the ground in less than five full games played this season.

Nov 15, 2020 1:22 PM EST

Should lead Week 10 backfield

Chubb (knee) is expected to handle the bulk of the carries for the Browns in his first game back from injured reserve Sunday against the Texans, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: After missing four games with a sprained MCL in his right knee, Chubb proved his health upon rejoining the Browns for practice this week. He was notably able to take part in all drills during Thursday's workout, prompting the Browns to activate him from IR on Saturday. Though Kareem Hunt was effective in Chubb's stead and remains on hand as a high-quality change-of-pace option, the Browns apparently aren't planning on putting Chubb on any sort of "pitch count" in his return to the lineup. With heavy winds in the forecast for Cleveland on Sunday, expect the Browns to favor a run-heavy game plan that will seemingly be headlined by Chubb.

Nov 15, 2020 9:47 AM EST

Activated off IR, will play

Chubb (knee) will be activated off injured reserve and play in Sunday's game against the Texans, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Coach Kevin Stefanski suggested Chubb would need to receive approval from the medical staff to play so Saturday's designation should give fantasy managers plenty of confidence to insert the star running back into their lineup. It's entirely possible the Browns could still be cautious with Chubb's workload, particularly with Kareem Hunt's more-than-adequate foray as the starter, but it's hard to believe the team would activate Chubb if they didn't plan to play in some capacity. The matchup certainly couldn't be much better to get Chubb some confidence as the Texans allow the most rushing yards per game in the NFL.

Nov 14, 2020 9:45 AM EST

Status for Week 10 still TBD

Coach Kyle Stefanski said Friday that he'll wait until meeting with Cleveland's medical staff to decide whether Chubb (knee) will play against the Texans on Sunday, Scott Petrak of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram reports.

Analysis: Stefanski added that Chubb, who shed his right knee brace Thursday and participated in all individual drills, has hit all necessary milestones and avoided any setbacks. The Browns could still opt to take a cautious approach to Chubb's recovery and allow him another week of rest, but the 24-year-old's chances of returning Sunday at least look encouraging. In order for Chubb to be available against the Texans, the Browns would need to officially add him to the 53-man roster by Saturday afternoon. Through the first four games of the season, Chubb scored four rushing TDs and was averaging an outstanding 5.9 YPC.

Nov 13, 2020 1:50 PM EST

Participates in all drills

Chubb (knee) executed several individual drills during Thursday's practice, Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

Analysis: The news that Chubb shed the brace on his right knee was encouraging, and the running back looked good while participating in individuals, including catching passes, running in short bursts and making cuts. The quick cut ability is generally a good indicator of back's readiness for game action. Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski is hopeful Chubb will play Week 10 against the Texans' 32nd-ranked rushing defense (159.5 YPG).

Nov 13, 2020 3:47 AM EST

Sheds knee brace

Chubb is practicing without a brace on his right knee Thursday, Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

Analysis: Chubb has by all accounts looked good since returning to practice Monday, and that he's now managed to shed his knee brace is another positive sign. The Browns are expected to decide whether to activate Chubb from injured reserve in time to play Week 10 on Friday, per Jake Trotter of An MCL sprain in his right knee has kept the Pro Bowl running back off the field since Week 4.

Nov 12, 2020 12:03 PM EST

Call on status expected Friday

Coach Kevin Stefanski indicated that Chubb (knee) is "progressing," while adding that the Browns will make a call Friday on whether the running back will play Sunday against the Texans, Jake Trotter of reports.

Analysis: Chubb, who the Browns have designated for return from IR, is slated to continue practicing Wednesday and it looks as though he could be added to the team's active roster ahead of Week 10 action. If so, he'd rejoin a backfield that also includes Kareem Hunt, who's handled the bulk of the team's running back duties while Chubb has been sidelined, particularly over the past couple of contests.

Nov 11, 2020 8:44 AM EST

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