The Cleveland Browns can unwell afford to lose one other operating again, nevertheless it seems the crew is likely to be searching for options — not less than for the preseason — following an damage to Dontrell Hilliard that saved the second-year again off form.
Hilliard is reportedly coping with a hamstring damage he suffered throughout Wednesday’s observe. He was seen icing the damage following the primary joint observe with the Colts and wasn’t on the sphere once more Thursday.
Hilliard is slated to be the Browns No. 2 again on the depth chart behind Nick Chubb to open up the season with Kareem Hunt serving an eight-game suspension. he’ll probably fill in on most of the third down conditions the place Duke Johnson Jr. — who was traded to the Texans — was so deadly catching the ball.
Browns RB Nick Chubb Seems to be in Mid-Season Type
Fortunately for the Browns, their prime again has been wholesome for all of coaching camp and has appeared to be in stellar type.
The newest instance got here in opposition to the Colts within the joint observe, when he did a fast leap lower and scampered 65 yards for a landing.
Freddie Kitchens complimented Chubb, saying: “He’s bought among the best leap cuts I’ve ever seen.”
Kitchens has been complimentary of Chubb all offseason, particularly the Georgia operating again’s skill to shake off the frustration of developing simply in need of 1,000-yard season. The ultimate carry of his rookie season went for adverse yardage and he completed with 996 yards.
“Let me let you know one thing about Nick Chubb, and it sums it up for him. He went over 1,000 yards after which the subsequent carry was for a lack of three or 4 – I have no idea the specifics – and never a phrase was talked about about it, not a phrase. I even apologized to him, however not a phrase was talked about about going up and below 1,000 after he had 1,000,” Kitchens mentioned. “That tells you what Nick Chubb is, what he’s right here for and the way he approaches the sport, and what the sport is about for him. It’s about profitable. It’s about profitable a championship. It’s about placing your self in the perfect place potential to succeed individually and collectively as a crew.”
A Take a look at the Browns Working Again Depth
The Browns signed undrafted rookie D’Ernest Johnson this offseason after his stint within the AAF. He completed his yr with the Orlando franchise ranked third within the league in speeding with 372 yards on 64 carries and two scores. Johnson performed at USF and is this system’s all-time chief in all-purpose yardage (4,186).
Johnson led the Browns in speeding of their first preseason recreation in opposition to Washington, completely simply 24 yards on 5 carries.
Rookie Trayone Grey was lately activated from the energetic/non-football damage checklist. He was coping with a calf damage. Grey appeared in 10 video games for the Miami Hurricanes final yr, speeding for simply 83 yards and two touchdowns. He had two carries for 16 yards agains the Redskins.
The Browns signed Ohio native A.J. Ouellette throughout coaching camp to assist fill the depth chart when when Hunt, Johnson and Grey had been all sidelined. He was beforehand an undrafted free agent who was initially with the Saints. He performed his faculty ball at Ohio College. Ouellette managed simply 5 yards on three carries in his Browns preseason debut and is a really lengthy shot to make the roster.
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