Nick Chubb made it clear Wednesday he’s not interested in where he sits in the proverbial power rankings of NFL running backs.
Asked if he gets extra motivated for games like Sunday, when he’ll be on the opposite sidelines of Cowboys star RB Ezekiel Elliott, Chubb said, “I go out there and play my game.”
The follow-up question, which focused on whether Chubb desired to be mentioned among the league’s top running backs, drew an even shorter response.
“Not at all,” Chubb said.
After posting back-to-back 100-yard games, Chubb ranks fourth in the NFL with 292 rushing yards and is tied for first with four rushing touchdowns — all while sharing carries with Kareem Hunt, who also has more than 200 yards. No running back has more 20-yard runs than Chubb since 2018, and only Elliott has more 100-yard games (14 to Chubb’s 13) during that span.
The Browns, of course, know what kind of value Chubb brings to the table, and that, on top of the most important thing — winning — is all that matters to him and his teammates.
“I don’t think any of us get caught up in outside praise,” C JC Tretter said. “I think we want both Nick and Kareem to run for a bunch of yards and be super successful. I don’t think we worry about rankings or anything that kind of is people’s opinions. We want our two backs to be extremely successful running the ball, put up great numbers and continue to do that.
“Nick is the type of guy, too, that does not worry about any of that. He just cares about winning, and we are in the same boat. We just want to perform on the field and not worry too much about where guys stand in the public eye. We are just focused on what happens on the field.”