Carlos Hyde was the clear-cut early down rusher for the Browns, and looked damn strong in the role. He turned 9 carries into 64 yards (7.1 YPC) and 1 TD, and is firmly above Nick Chubb on the Browns depth chart. Though Duke Johnson rotated in on passing situations, Hyde will clearly be involved behind a top-half line and in an offense that should generate plenty of scoring chances. He’s shaping up to be a steal at his 80th overall Price Point.
In other news, the Bills look like they’ll again be a goldmine for opposing running backs — all of Cleveland’s backs churned tonight. But none were more impressive than Hyde, who stiff-armed and churned his way to beastly gains all night. This was especially true on the opening drive, with Hyde serving as the offensive engine and ripping 5 carries for 41 yards and a drive-capping TD.
The Browns offensive line was bullying the Bills’ front seven, and Hyde displayed his usual strong vision and powerful balance throughout his four series with the first team offense. Moreover, Chubb didn’t touch the field with the ones.
If a negative is to be found, it’s Duke Johnson‘s heavy involvement — though this was always expected. As long as Hyde can maintain the early-down and goalline role here, he’s bound to exceed his 7-8th round price tag. This offense is set to explode, and the bulldozing Hyde has always been a beast at the stripe, creating real 10+ TD upside.