Browns rookie running back Nick Chubb may be in his first days of training camp Yannick Ngakoue Jersey , but he’s already been given a nickname.
”He’s `Old School,”’ running back Duke Johnson said prior to Friday’s practice as Chubb stood nearby. ”His helmet, his face mask. He doesn’t really wear gloves all the time. He’s in the wrong generation.”
Maybe. But Cleveland feels like a good fit.
The hard-running, but soft-spoken Chubb laughed off his new moniker.
”It’s just my helmet,” the second-round pick from Georgia said. ”It’s just a little bigger.”
His game seems oversized as well.
While the accuracy of Chubb’s nickname is up for debate amongst his teammates, one thing that is for sure is that Chubb has made an immediate impact on the Browns and Cleveland’s coaches in more ways than one.
Certainly, there’s his physical prowess on the field. Linebacker Christian Kirksey called the rookie a ”work horse.” Carlos Hyde, another of the new backs on Cleveland’s roster, called the 225-pounder a ”beast” and both said he has the ability to make a defender miss after making just one cut.
But along with his physical abilities, Chubb, selected with the No. 35 pick in this year’s draft, has also impressed with his willingness to master the mental side of the game in a way that most first-year players don’t always understand.
”I don’t really feel like he’s a rookie,” Hyde said. ”Usually, rookies come in and be all kind of lost John Miller Jersey , just trying to feel their way out. I think Nick understands what’s going on. He understands what being a pro is, and he’s definitely been on top of the playbook, been on top of his game, so he’s been doing a pretty good job.”
Early on, Chubb is at the very least giving the Browns, looking to shake off a 0-16 season, options. Coach Hue Jackson said that given the makeup of the team, he believes the Browns will be able to run the ball more than in the previous two years. It’s possible that Jackson will use a three-headed attack with Johnson, Hyde and Chubb sharing the workload.
Chubb is no stranger to a rotation system – it’s something he did last season with the Bulldogs as he shared playing time and carries with former teammate Sonny Michel, now a rookie with the New England Patriots. Chubb said the two divided the workload play by play or series by series, and played every game together.
In the process, both players racked up big yards. Chubb rushed for 1,345 yards and 15 touchdowns in 2017 while Michele went for 1,227 yards and 16 TDs. Ultimately Josh Gordon Jersey , it was a system that helped catapult the Bulldogs to the national title game.
It also bonded Chubb and Michel.
”Me and Sony are very good friends,” Chubb said. ”We both had success. We both got drafted fairly high. To do that with someone who you started in college with, and lived with four years and did everything with, I don’t think it could get any better than that.”
The Browns hope it can.
If they decide to rotate backs, Chubb is confident they can find success.
”Good competition brings more out of you,” he said. ”I look forward to competing with these guys and learning from them and eventually playing with and winning some games with them.”
Chubb has shown the Browns plenty so far, and Jackson believes there’s still a lot of potential in his game.
”Old School” has more to offer than a catchy nickname.
”I think there’s a lot to him, more so than what people think,” Jackson said. ”He just looks like the guy that comes downhill, and here we go. But he has some versatility to him as well. There’s some instincts, real runners’ instincts that I see. I think he’s a really talented runner.
”We’re going to find out more about him when these pads come on.”
Malcolm Jenkins went back to raising his fist during the national anthem and Chris Long again put his arm around him as the teammates continue trying to raise awareness about racial inequality, social injustices and systematic oppression.
Landry Jones and Josh Dobbs each tossed touchdown passes and the Pittsburgh Steelers beat the Philadelphia Eagles 31-14 Thursday night in the preseason opener.
But Jenkins' decision to resume his demonstration after stopping last December drew most of the attention as the defending Super Bowl champions returned to the field.
"Everybody is waiting for what the league is going to do," Jenkins said. "We won't let it stop what we stand for. I was very encouraged last year with the direction and that obviously took a different turn.
"I think it's important to utilize the platform as we can because for whatever reason, we have framed this demonstration in a negative light and often players have to defend why we feel the need to fight for everyday Americans and in actuality we're doing the right thing."
The league and the players' union have yet to announce a policy for this season regarding demonstrations during the anthem after the league initially ordered everyone to stand on the sideline when "The Star-Spangled Banner" is played Josey Jewell Jersey , or remain in the locker room.
Cornerback De'Vante Bausby also raised his fist during the anthem, and defensive end Michael Bennett walked out of the tunnel and walked toward the bench while it played. It appeared all the Steelers stood.
"Malcolm is always a guy who is doing the work in the community, backing up whatever he's doing," Long said.
The Eagles rested several starters, including quarterbacks Carson Wentz and Nick Foles. Nate Sudfeld threw a pair of touchdown passes and two interceptions.
Ben Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown sat for the Steelers and Le'Veon Bell still hasn't signed his franchise tender.
Jones completed all four of his passes for 83 yards, including a 71-yard TD pass to JuJu Smith-Schuster in the first quarter. Smith-Schuster made a leaping catch over Rasul Douglas at the 33 and ran untouched to the end zone.
Fitzgerald Toussaint had a 3-yard TD run and a 2-point conversion to give Pittsburgh a 15-8 lead. Dobbs threw a 29-yard TD pass to Damoun Patterson late in the second quarter.
"We moved the ball successfully," Dobbs said. "It felt good to be out there."
Sudfeld threw a perfect strike for a 63-yard TD to Shelton Gibson and fired a 15-yard TD pass to rookie Dallas Goedert. He finished 10 of 14 for 140 yards.
"I just ran my route and when I looked back, Nate stepped up and scrambled to my side and was able to hit me," Goedert said. "A great play by him."
Wentz still hasn't been cleared for contact after having surgery to repair two torn ligaments in his left knee last December. Foles, the Super Bowl MVP, has missed a few practices with muscle spasms in his neck and shoulder.
Mason Rudolph, a third-round pick competing with Jones and Dobbs for the backup job to Roethlisberger, was 7 of 12 for 101 yards.
"He did a solid job in all areas," Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said.
Steelers: Safety Terrell Edmunds Randy White Jersey , a first-round pick, had three tackles. Wide receiver James Washington, second-rounder, caught two passes for 44 yards.
Eagles: Goedert, a second-round pick and the team's first selection, had four catches for 66 yards and one TD. He'll get plenty of opportunities as the second tight end.
Ryan Shazier joined the defense in Pittsburgh's pregame huddle, just 11 months after spinal stabilization surgery. Shazier is out for the season.
WELCOME TO FOOTBALL
Eagles rookie Jordan Mailata, an Australian rugby player drafted in the seventh round, got beat for a strip sack on his first series in the NFL. Mailata began the second half at left tackle.
HONORING FORMER EAGLES
Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie announced at halftime that two-time All-Pro defensive end Clyde Simmons and three-time Pro Bowl linebacker Seth Joyner will be inducted into the team's Hall of Fame on Sept. 23.
Steelers: Visit the Green Bay Packers next Thursday.
Eagles: Visit the New England Patriots next Thursday.
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