Nick Chubb Firmly Behind Carlos Hyde, Looks Sluggish in NFL Debut

Nick Chubb did himself no favors during his preseason debut.

Nick Chubb’s NFL debut was one to forget, with the Georgia product netting a paltry 15 yards on his 11 carries, including a long run of only 4 yards. Contrastingly, Carlos Hyde played exclusively with the ones before getting the “starters-on-ice” treatment after just three snaps. Though only one preseason game, Chubb’s unimpressive debut could further the gap between he and Hyde for the early-down role. 

Our own CJay has long maintained that Chubb is no-good, and the rookie back did nothing to disprove this on Thursday. Yes, Cleveland’s second-string line absolutely blew, with Chubb getting hit behind the LOS on 11-of-15 carries (73%). In fact, he was actually credited with 26 yards after contact by Pro Football Focus despite rushing for only 11 total yards.

Still, the firm placement behind Hyde is even more worrisome than the lack of production, particularly in a rushing attack that plans to “ride a hot hand” this year.  Unless Chubb begins flashing in camp and sees some legitimate time with the ones in coming weeks, I’m assuming he is firmly behind Hyde, and have ranked them as such. Hyde has risen 8 spots to No.83 overall, while Chubb plummets nearly 20 whole spots down the Big Board. This situation remains fluid and could flip at any moment, thus remaining a “Must Monitor,” but tally an early W for Team Hyde.

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