The Cleveland Browns have traded running back Carlos Hyde to the Jacksonville Jaguars for a 2019 5th-round pick. So, what does this mean for the Cleveland Browns? Overall, this means that the Todd Haley and Hue Jackson will have to give the ball to Nick Chubb and Duke Johnson.
I think this is a good thing, obviously, it is not good to trade one of your top playmakers in Hyde, but having Chubb and Duke in the backfield will help smooth things over. We saw Chubb make a name for himself against the Oakland Raiders when he had three carries for 105 yards and two 40+ yard touchdown runs, and he has looked great in the two games since then against the Baltimore Ravens and Los Angeles Chargers. Chubb has the ability to turn a small run into a big one and take to the house on any play. He is averaging 10.8 yards per carry and looks to come in and be the bell-cow back that this team has been looking for, for several years. With the trade of Hyde, it shows that the Browns are trying to develop their young talent and let them learn through playing experience rather than let them sit and learn. Also, for Nick Chubb, it was past due for him to get his time and be the starting back.
Before the Chargers game, Duke Johnson Jr. came out and said that he is getting frustrated with the lack of touches he is getting. With this trade, he no longer has to worry about that being an issue. Duke will be the primary third-down back and will get most of the receptions out of the backfield. Johnson is averaging 11.7 yards per reception this season and last season he led the team in receptions and receiving yards. It will be exciting to see Duke be more involved in the offense, although it is Hue Jackson so who knows what will happen. Johnson should get about 20-30 touches a game now whether that be from carries or receptions. Duke Johnson has just 19 total carries on the season and those numbers will see a massive jump now that Carlos Hyde is gone.
Now that one of the top leaders in rushing touchdowns in Carlos Hyde is gone, Nick Chubb and Duke Johnson Jr. will take over as the two primary backs. The plan for the future was always to have Chubb starting with Duke being the secondary back, and it looks like the future is now!