CLEVELAND — The Browns, running back Nick Chap, said they were founded in Northeast Ohio and it’s time to return the favor — and thus their well-attended youth soccer camp at Cleveland Benedictine High School on Friday afternoon.
“I love the city, my team. I love the fans and it is finally time to do a camp and give back to the kids here.”
But even with an eye on camp, Chubb, not known for being talkative, volunteers that it’s good to go back.
“I am pumped. I have a great feeling about entering this season,” he said. “We have made some great changes. It feels good to be back.”
Some of those changes came at the quarterback, with the acquisition of Deshaun Watson and the inevitable departure of Baker Mayfield. Others, like the JC Tretter Center launch, came up front and some fresh blood would be injected via draft picks.
One of Chubb’s backfield teammates, D’Ernest Johnson, received a tender offer from the team he had not yet signed.
“D’Ernest, this is my friend. He’s been through a lot,” he said. “He’s proven himself every year, so he’s definitely worth playing.”
One of the most significant changes became official on Friday when wide receiver Jarvis Landry signed a one-year contract with New Orleans Saints. Landry has been given a great deal of credit for changing the team’s culture around losing since his arrival. Landry was released in March, but the door remained open for a possible return.
Circumstances, including drafting wide receiver David Bell, this year’s top wide receiver, who has a similar skill set as Landry, likely played a role in signing his decision with the Saints.
Chubb said he was sorry to see one of his best friends go to the team.
“One hundred percent. He’s been here since I’ve been here. We’ve been together. We’ve been through everything together—an amazing fellow, a wonderful person.” I won’t play with him anymore, but he’s still one of my best friends, one of my brothers. That won’t change from that perspective.”
His overall evaluation of FSSN?
“I think we’re going in the right direction,” he said.
Chubb said he’s now working on the team’s off-season program. Looking at a video of him squatting 675 pounds that went viral earlier this week, it’s clear he’s worked away from Berea.
He said of the exercise he does once a year, that weight was the most he had ever lifted. He doesn’t know if he will try to reach the limit again.
For now, he said he’s only ready to get back to work.
“It’s great to see the players, to see the team … but we still have a long way to go,” Chubb said.
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