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Nick Chubb lands on PFF’s Top 101 players list

Second-year running back is only Browns player honored for 2019.

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Cleveland Browns running back Nick Chubb was one of the few bright spots on offense for the team in 2019.

Chubb finished the season with with 1,494 rushing yards, the highest total in franchise history for a running back not named Jim Brown, and just missed out on the league rushing title on the season’s final day.

For his efforts, Chubb was named to Pro Football Focus’ list of the Top 101 players for the 2019 season, coming in at No. 23:,

Despite not being given the same weight of opportunity as some other backs, Nick Chubb still remains the most efficient runner in the game over his young career. This season, he finished second in the league in rushing, with 1,122 of his yards coming after contact. He averaged more than a full yard after contact than Christian McCaffrey and was second in the NFL in broken tackles (66). Chubb also had 13 broken tackles on his 36 catches out of the backfield, but he saw a fraction of the targets that the most productive receivers did at the position.

Befitting the struggles the Browns had last season, Chubb is the only Cleveland player from the “most-talented roster assembled in decades” to make the list. (Although a case could be made for wide receiver Jarvis Landry and defensive end Myles Garrett, even with Garrett missing the final six games due to a suspension.)

In just two seasons with the Browns, Chubb has rushed for 2,490 yards, which puts him at No. 11 on the franchise’s all-time rushing list, 16 touchdowns (tied for No. 13 all-time) and averaged 5.1 yards per carry.