New Browns running back Carlos Hyde checked in at No. 97 on NFL Network’s list of the league’s top 100 players.
Hyde, who signed with Cleveland in free agency following four seasons in San Francisco, is coming off perhaps his best season as a pro, combining for 1,288 all-purpose yards (938 rushing, 350 receiving) and eight touchdowns in 2017.
The former Ohio State standout has garnered a reputation for being one of the league’s most punishing runners.
“He tries to run through people,” former teammate and 49ers defensive end DeForest Buckner said. “He kind of reminds me of that old-school running back.”
“I got a chance to play against him twice a year virtually every year and he's one of those hard-nosed runners,” added Texans safety Tyrann Mathieu said.
“He’s a bruiser,” former Colts safety Darius Butler said. “Seeing him on film, you know he's a real tough runner, downhill runner.”
Hyde is part of a backfield that includes the dynamic Duke Johnson Jr. and rookie/former Georgia standout Nick Chubb, whom the Browns drafted 35th overall this past week.
A former second-round pick, Hyde has combined for 2,729 yards and 21 touchdowns rushing in addition to 634 yards and three touchdowns receiving in four years.