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  1. Browns rookie running back Nick Chubb may be in his first days of training camp Carlton Davis Buccaneers Jersey , 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 Brian O'Neill Vikings Jersey , 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, 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 John Ross Youth Jersey , Hyde and Chubb sharing the workload.

    Chubb is no stranger to a rotation system – 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, Chubb is confident they can find success.

    ”Good competition brings more out of you DJ Moore Youth Jersey ,” 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.”

    ATLANTA — The Atlanta Braves are glad that their four-game series with the San Diego Padres beginning Thursday night is at home rather than in San Diego.

    The Braves swept four games from the Padres in the opening series for new SunTrust Park in April 2017 and have almost nothing but success against the team in Atlanta.

    It has been exactly the opposite in San Diego, though.

    The Padres took two of three from Atlanta in San Diego last week, and the Braves have dropped 16 of their last 19 games in the Padres’ home stadium while being outscored 98-59 over the stretch of futility.

    The Braves have lost eight straight series at San Diego dating to 2011, but own an all-time record of 186-122 against the Padres in Atlanta.

    The Braves (39-28) went 2-4 on their road trip against the Padres and Los Angeles Dodgers, but returned home to sweep a two-game series from the New York Mets and regain sole possession of first place in the National League East.

    The Padres (33-37) have won five straight series after taking two of three at St. Louis and own 11 wins in their past 15 games.

    Anibal Sanchez (2-0, 2.37 ERA) will start the series opener for the Braves Cheap Billy Price Jersey , with fellow right-hander Tyson Ross (5-3, 3.43) going for San Diego.

    Sanchez has made three starts since spending six weeks on the disabled list because of a hamstring strain and is 1-0 with a 1.46 ERA in the past two, allowing just five hits in 12 1/3 innings.

    Atlanta has won Sanchez’s last four starts, with the 34-year-old getting a no-decision in his best outing since signing a minor league contract in spring training after being released by Minnesota.

    In that game, Sanchez worked seven innings against Washington on June 3 and allowed just two hits and two unearned runs while walking one and striking out five.

    “He’s got a great feel for pitching and knows what he’s doing,” Braves manager Brian Snitker said. “I think his stuff is better than what I was led to believe when we signed him. He’s sneaky. He knows what he’s doing. He can change speeds and he locates the fastball well.”

    Sanchez has made five career starts against San Diego, losing his only two decisions but posting a 2.76 ERA.

    The Padres have won the last six games started by Ross and are 10-3 in his outings this season.

    “When it’s your turn to take the ball, you have to believe that you’re the ace,” Ross said. “It’s a rotation of five, but when it’s your turn to go, you have to give the team a chance to win.”

    Ross won a combined 23 games for San Diego in 2014 and 2015 Donte Jackson Panthers Jersey , and was the Padres’ Opening Day starter in 2016. That was his only outing of the season, though, as thoracic outlet surgery forced him to miss the rest of the year as well as the first part of 2017 after he signed as a free agent with Texas.

    The 31-year-old California native made 10 starts and two relief appearances for the Rangers last year, going 3-3 with a 7.71 ERA.

    Ross has faced the Braves four times, with one appearance in relief, and is 0-1 with a 3.38 ERA.

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