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Position Breakdown – Running Backs

The best position group for the 2020 Browns will almost certainly be the Running Backs. Backs returning from last season include Nick Chubb, who finished 2nd in the league in rush yards in 2019; Kareem Hunt, the former Chiefs star who averaged nearly 6 yards per touch in 2019 after missing 8 games due to suspension; and Dontrell Hilliard, who was primarily a returner last season, especially when Hunt came back. A notable addition to the group is Andy Janovich, a Fullback who figures to play a big role as a blocker.

Nick Chubb had the 2019 rushing title for a few hours, only to see it lost from the locker room. Chubb was the best player on the Browns last season and the best Running Back in the NFL according to PFF, leading the league with a grade of 88.7. Chubb will continue to be the focal point of the offense in 2020.

Kareem Hunt fared very well in his first season as a Brown, primarily as a pass catcher, though was an incredibly effective lead blocker as well. With a full training camp and Stefanski’s history of running the ball, Hunt should be more of a factor in the running game in 2020. Look for him to be on the field with Chubb quite a bit again this season.

Dontrell Hilliard ran for 49 yards on 13 carries and caught 12 passes for 92 yards in 2019, with most of his production coming in the first 8 games while Hunt was out. Hilliard likely won’t get more than a few snaps a game in 2020. His primarily role on this team will once again be as a returner.

Andy Janovich was acquired for a 7th round pick this offseason after appearing in 50 games for Denver over 4 seasons. Janovich, PFF’s #2 ranked FB, averaged over 18 snaps per game last season. Don’t expect that number to decrease.

With Stefanski’s zone run scheme and a much improved offensive line, Cleveland’s running game should be even better in 2020. In 2019, Minnesota (who Stefanski called plays for last season) was one of three teams which ran the ball more than they threw it, so expect the overall production for the group to increase as well.

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