The Cleveland Browns have sent running back Carlos Hyde to the Jacksonville Jaguars in exchange for a 2019 fifth-round pick according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Jacksonville needed a running back as both Leonard Fournette and T.J. Yeldon have been sidelined with injuries.
Cleveland’s reasoning for trading Hyde must be due to the lack of carries rookie running back Nick Chubb has received in the first six games despite the explosive runs he’s been able to produce when he gets the opportunity.
Chubb has had only 16 carries in six games but has made the most of those averaging 10.8 yards per carry including a 63-yard run and 41-yard run against Oakland that were for touchdowns in the team’s 45-42 overtime loss.
The media has been hounding both head coach Hue Jackson and offensive coordinator Todd Haley about the lack of carries but Haley continued to stick with Hyde.
There is speculation that general manager John Dorsey may have stepped in and wanted to see more of Chubb as well as Duke Johnson who the Browns signed to a contract extension during the offseason.
Johnson and Chubb combined are averaging around nine offensive touches per game and 9.1 yards per touch. The need for them to be on the field was great but for some reason, Haley and Jackson weren’t utilizing them.
Hyde was averaging 3.4 yards per carry, but he was ranked 11th in rushing yards with 390 and tied for 4th with five rushing touchdowns through the six games of the season.
He now goes to Jacksonville with a chance to get plenty of carries with Fournette and Yeldon sidelined and also a chance to potentially play for a Super Bowl as the Jaguars are one of the top teams in the AFC.
As for Cleveland, people wanted to see less Hyde and more of Chubb and Johnson. They both are good running backs each with a strong trait. Chubb can be the power back while Johnson can be the dual-threat out of the backfield as a runner and a receiver.
Starting Sunday against Tampa, the media and the fanbase get their wish of seeing more of #29 and #31 on offense.