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, 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, 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 Seahawks Rashaad Penny Jersey
, 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 鈥?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, 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 Cheap Joe Namath Jersey
, 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." PHOENIX — Crack the door, and these days the Arizona Diamondbacks will blow right through.Three times in their last four games, Arizona has made an opponent pay and pay and pay for a blunder here or a miscue there.The Diamondbacks did it again Tuesday, when they took advantage of three throwing errors in a six-run first inning for the impetus needed for a 13-8 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates at Chase Field. The game was not decided until Jon Jay’s three-run homer in the seventh inning, but the decisive first inning helped them build an 8-0 lead. “Those are some of the characteristics of a good team, that when they sniff a little blood, they are going to go out there and execute,” Arizona manager Torey Lovullo said. “When you get second chances in this game, you have to take advantage. Our guys are ready for that.“We talk about them (opponents) being in their most vulnerable state when they are making mistakes, and we have to be ready. It’s not a good feeling when you are on the (other) side of it and it is not going well. But when you are executing and fighting back a little bit Authentic Kyzir White Jersey
, it is very gratifying.”Arizona right-hander Zack Greinke, who has lost only one of his last 25 starts at Chase Field, will oppose Pirates right-hander Jameson Taillon in the final game of the series Wednesday.The Pirates have lost eight straight series, and a failure to execute has hurt in the first two games of this series. They blew a 5-0 lead entering the seventh inning in a 9-5 loss Monday, when the Diamondbacks combined timely hitting and extra benefits, including hit batter, an infield error, two wild pitches and a balk.First baseman Josh Bell and second baseman Josh Harrison had throwing errors and pitcher Trevor Williams made an errant pickoff throw in the first inning Tuesday around two singles and Ketel Marte’s two-out, two-run triple. Five of the six runs were unearned.“We didn’t handle the ball like we needed to handle the ball,” Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle said. “We weren’t able to execute defensively the way we needed to execute defensively. We’ve got work to do. We are not playing at the level we are capable of playing.”Arizona scored six runs in the eighth inning of a 12-7 victory at Colorado on Saturday, capitalizing on a double-error by reliever Bryan Shaw early in the inning. Only one of those six runs was earned.“That’s what you have to do,” said Jay, who had his first three hits in his fifth game with the Diamondbacks on Tuesday. “When you have chances, you have to make the most out of the opportunities. We’ve been able to do that the last couple of days, and we just have to keep it going.“I think that’s the mentality they have here. I saw that last year playing on the other side. That’s just the mentality you have to have.”The Diamondbacks have scored 51 runs in their five-game winning streak, with heavy contributions from Paul Goldschmidt and Marte. Goldschmidt is hitting .477 with five homers and 12 RBIs in the last 11 games Hayden Hurst Youth Jersey
, with six multi-hit games. Marte is hitting .389 with 11 extra-base hits and 11 RBIs in the last 11. He hit his NL-leading seventh triple Tuesday.Greinke (5-4, 3.53 ERA) has won his last two decisions and is 3-2 with a 2.96 ERA and a .229 opponents’ batting average since beating the Dodgers at Chase Field on April 30. He is undefeated at home this season, going 3-0 with a 1.64 ERA in seven starts while continuing the success he had at home last year. Greinke was 13-1 with a 2.87 ERA in 18 home starts in 2017.Greinke took a no-hitter into the eighth inning of a 2-1 victory over Pittsburgh at Chase Field last season, losing it when Gregory Polanco led off with a homer down the right-field line. Greinke struck out 11 and walked one in that game, his lone start against the Pirates last season. He is 7-3 with a 4.59 ERA in 11 career starts against the Pirates, about half of those games coming when he was with Milwaukee in 2011-12.Taillon (3-5, 4.08) has been effective for the most part, but a few rocky outings this season caused his ERA to jump over 4.00. He has given up three runs or fewer in 10 of his 13 starts, but has given up five, seven and six in the other three.After winning his first two decisions and giving up two earned runs in his first 20 2/3 innings, Taillon is 1-5 with a 5.36 ERA. He has not faced the Diamondbacks in his three seasons..