Report: Jaguars acquire RB Carlos Hyde in trade with Browns
The Cleveland Browns and Jacksonville Jaguars appear to have made a trade that works perfectly for both sides.
The Browns are trading running back Carlos Hyde to the Jags, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. NFL Media’s Tom Pelissero says the Browns are getting a 5th-round pick as part of the deal.
Jacksonville is without Leonard Fournette, who has been out with a hamstring injury. They have been using TJ Yeldon and signed Jamaal Charles after two of their other backs got hurt.
Hyde, 28, has 114 carries for 382 yards and 5 touchdowns this season. His yards per carry is down to 3.4.
Even though Hyde is considered to be a solid running back whom Jacksonville finds desirable, simply getting rid of him should make the Browns better. The numbers have shown that the Browns are a better team when giving the ball to Nick Chubb and Duke Johnson; Hyde was just blocking those two from getting more touches.
On early downs in the 1st half the last 2 weeks, CLE has gone 63% pass (6th most). When they did run, they ran horribly because they can't quit Carlos Hyde. Distribution:
Hyde: 25 att, 33% success, 3.1 YPC
Chubb: 5 att, 40% success, 5.0 YPC
Duke: 3 att, 100% success, 8.0 YPC https://t.co/v4gMvX9xTH
— Warren Sharp (@SharpFootball) October 17, 2018
Not only should Hyde’s absence lead the Browns to put the ball in the hands of better playmakers, but they also are getting a draft pick for doing so. Smart move.