At one point during Nick Chubb’s media availability Wednesday at Browns headquarters, defensive end Olivier Vernon shouted, "That’s my running back,” causing the usually stoic Chubb to break out an atypical grin he accents with a hint of laughter.

Vernon will have to get in line.

Chubb’s understated, workmanlike attitude endeared him to Browns fans after his rookie season when he racked up 996 yards [5.2 yards per carry, eight TDs] in 16 games. Starting nine after a trade of Carlos Hyde cleared the way, Chubb hit the 1,000-yard mark in the season finale, but a negative play erased that milestone.

Chubb could be a catalyst for an offense expected to be explosive because he feels more comfortable heading into his second year.

“Everything is just coming to me and it's easier, seeing things a lot faster. It's just more natural,” Chubb said.

Ironically, he sees little difference between last season and the one that begins Sunday at FirstEnergy Stadium against the Tennessee Titans, even though he’s the featured running back.

“It's what I'm used to my whole career, so as far as different, I'm starting,” he said. “That's the only difference, but other than that, I've approached it the same way.”

In other words, the present is what matters most for the 5-foot-11, 227-pound running back taken with the team’s second second-round choice in the 2018 NFL Draft.

“What I always do,” he said when asked what he has to do to have a better season, “put last season in the past and continue to work and get better every day.”

And he knows that will take an effective offensive line.

“I have a lot of confidence in those guys. We only lost one from last year,” he said. “You know, the guy who filled in for him, he's doing a great job and all the guys up front are very experienced, talented and [there's] a lot of great chemistry between them. I look forward to running behind them.”