If you're playing in a league where catches don't count, Nick Chubb is a surefire first-round pick and could be selected as high as No. 5 overall. But the fact that he has 27 receptions in 20 career games with Kareem Hunt does limit Chubb's PPR upside. He would need a season like Derrick Henry's to justify a first-round pick in that format. Chubb has Henry's incredible efficiency (5.2 career YPC) and he scores nearly as often, but the volume seems unlikely as long as Hunt is on the roster. Last year, Henry averaged 23.6 carries per game; Chubb has two games in his career (and zero in 2020) with that many rush attempts.
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. 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.
Chubb said Tuesday he wants to remain a member of the Browns after his rookie contract expires following the upcoming season, Jake Trotter of ESPN.com reports. "It would mean a lot," Chubb said. "Cleveland is where I want to be. Hopefully everything can work out in that direction." 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 wasn't until he played behind one of the NFL's best lines in a run-heavy offense in 2020 season that his desire to remain with the Browns was solidified.
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. 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.
Chubb ran for 76 yards on 18 carries and hauled in all four of his targets for 69 yards and a receiving touchdown during Sunday's 48-37 wild-card win against the Steelers. 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 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 on the next play. He also 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.
Chubb carried the ball 14 times for 108 yards and a touchdown in Week 17 against the Steelers. 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.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|1||09/12||@Kansas City Chiefs||25||19.32|
|5||10/10||@Los Angeles Chargers||14||16.75|
|10||11/14||@New England Patriots||22||18.88|
|15||12/19||Las Vegas Raiders||29||22.38|
|16||12/25||@Green Bay Packers||27||20.33|
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|3 Year Avg||227||1186||9||24||192||1||195|