|Date of Birth:||08/06/1995|
|Drafted:||2017 | Round 3 | Pick 86|
|Depth Chart:||2nd string|
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Kareem Hunt (ankle) is inactive for Week 18.
Hunt will miss the final game of the year, and D'Ernest Johnson will step into the No. 2 role once again—potentially with a heavy workload if Nick Chubb doesn't get fed with Cleveland out of playoff contention. As for Hunt, injuries limited him to just 100 touches this season, but he was still very effective with 560 total yards and five touchdowns. He'll be a low-end RB2/FLEX option if back with the Browns in 2022.
Kareem Hunt is being activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list.
Cleveland is getting big-time reinforcements back this week, and they are actually still in decent position to win the AFC North if they beat Pittsburgh and Cincinnati over the final two games (while having a little help). The team would be wise to give Nick Chubb at least 20-25 carries next Monday night, but Hunt will be an upside FLEX if he's healthy.
Kareem Hunt (ankle) is unlikely to play in Week 15.
The Browns play on Saturday, giving Hunt even less time to heal up and play; but overall it's not a great sign that Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski is saying this so early in the week. Hunt can probably be considered week-to-week at the moment.
Kareem Hunt (ankle) is officially questionable to return for the Browns.
Hunt appeared to take a shot to the knee/lower leg area, and he went to the locker room to get checked out. It's probably a good sign that Hunt is being called questionable, but this has the look of a potential high-ankle sprain. We'll see if he's able to return for today's Week 14 matchup versus the Ravens.
The Browns officially activated Kareem Hunt (calf) from injured reserve.
Hunt missed the past five games with his calf injury, but he's officially back for tomorrow night's Week 12 matchup against the Ravens. Hunt will be a boost for the Browns offense as they look to run the ball a lot down the stretch with the weather getting colder.
Kareem Hunt (calf) has been designated to return from injured reserve.
Hunt is expected to return on Sunday night against the Ravens, and the team could also get right tackle Jack Conklin (elbow) back this week. Assuming Hunt is in the lineup, he'll be a low-end RB2/FLEX behind Nick Chubb, and D'Ernest Johnson would likely see very limited work as Demetric Felton also handles some snaps.
Kareem Hunt (calf) expected to miss at least a few weeks.
For Hunt, this is better than what it looked like it could have been yesterday. He's headed to injured reserve, which would force him to miss at least the next three games. Hunt will be eligible to return in Week 10, but he's expected to miss more time than that. Nick Chubb is also dealing with a calf injury and is not expected to play in Week 7 on a short week, so the Browns might be shorthanded at running back on Thursday night.
Kareem Hunt leaves game with apparent leg injury.
It's unclear how Hunt was injured, but he was down on the field surrounded by teammates and had to be helped off the field without putting any pressure on his right leg. Hunt was reportedly grabbing for the back of his leg, and we'll see if this is a serious injury. Before leaving, Hunt had 14 carries for 66 yards and three receptions for 12 yards in the Week 6 matchup with the Cardinals.
Kareem Hunt (groin) is officially active against the Cowboys.
Hunt’s Week 4 status was not in much doubt, and he’ll again complement Nick Chubb in a potential shootout between the Browns and the Cowboys today.
The Browns are signing Kareem Hunt to a two-year extension.
This is a bit of a surprise and a head-scratcher, as Cleveland has stud running back Nick Chubb already in the mix, and you'd think Hunt would want to go to a team where he might be a clear starter and potential workhorse. However, the former league-leading rusher obviously feels comfortable with the Browns, and Cleveland is likely going to run the ball a ton with the duo of Chubb and Hunt. The extension is somewhat of a concern for those with Chubb on their fantasy teams, but there might be enough carries to go around for Chubb to continue pushing for rushing titles.
The Browns have placed a second-round tender on Kareem Hunt.
Hunt is fully expected to remain in Cleveland, and this tender likely locks that in, as it would be a surprise if another team was willing to give up significant compensation considering his past. Unfortunately, Hunt staying with the Browns would put a considerable dent in Nick Chubb's outlook as a high-end RB1, but hopefully the new coaching staff runs the ball as much as we expect them to.
Kareem Hunt apparently pulled over for speeding, weed found in car.
There were conflicting reports surrounding Hunt's situation, with some saying it was his father that was pulled over. It appears it was indeed the talented running back, though, and he was cited only for speeding and not the marijuana—Hunt reportedly claimed the weed was his brother's and not his. This could turn out to be nothing, but it's not a good look for Hunt considering his past. While the former league-leading rusher is a dynamic player, the Browns would probably be wise not to bring Hunt back to a backfield mix that has star runner Nick Chubb leading the way.
Kareem Hunt has been cleared to practice with the Browns.
As Cleveland returns from their bye week, Hunt will join the rest of his new teammates and is able to practice for the next couple of weeks before he can be activated ahead of Week 10 after his eight-game suspension is concluded. While Hunt is a very talented runner, he's not a must-pickup in fantasy leagues, as Nick Chubb is a stud that's clearly locked in as the workhorse starting running back for the Browns as the team's best player. Just keep in mind, for deeper leagues in particular, that Hunt will be available to play starting in Week 10 against the Bills. And Hunt will arguably be the top handcuff in fantasy when he returns to the field.
Kareem Hunt had sports hernia surgery.
The Browns announced this surgery, and they added that a "full recovery" is expected before his return in Week 10 after his eight-game suspension. Because Hunt is suspended for half of the season, this sports hernia surgery shouldn't be a concern for those that have or plan on drafting the former league-leading rusher late in fantasy drafts.
The Browns placed Kareem Hunt on the non-football injury list.
Hunt is dealing with a groin issue, but it’s probably not too serious. The former league-leading rusher can be taken off the NFI list at any time, and hopefully it’s soon, as he’s banned eight games and could use the on-field work this time of year.
Kareem Hunt was involved in an incident at a Cleveland bar on Saturday night.
TMZ Sports has video of an animated Hunt talking to police officers outside. A witness told TMZ that there was a physical altercation between Hunt and another man, but that they weren't sure if it was an actual fight or just two buddies messing around. And the bar owner told WKYC3 that he thinks it was just "a small argument with one of his friends." This sounds like nothing, but it's worth keeping in mind that Hunt is probably on his last chance in the NFL.
The NFL is suspending Kareem Hunt for eight games, according to ESPN.
Hunt is being suspended for violating the league's personal conduct policy after hitting a woman in February 2018, and he is reportedly accepting the punishment and not appealing. For the Browns and Hunt, they now have clarity on the situation, as the former league-leading rusher as a rookie will miss half the regular season. Hunt will be able to participate throughout the offseason, training camp, and the preseason, but then he'll be away from the team from Weeks 1-8 or 1-9 (depending on when Cleveland has its bye week) and can return for the second half of the year. Nick Chubb is set to be a workhorse to open the season, and we wouldn't be surprised if the second-year back simply runs away with the starting job, making Hunt just a change-of-pace option when he returns—though Hunt has played at a very high level through his first season-plus in Kansas City, and the Browns might give him a sizable workload regardless of how Chubb is playing. Hunt will likely go in the middle rounds of most 2019 fantasy drafts.
The Browns have signed running back Kareem Hunt.
While Browns GM John Dorsey has no issue with taking chances on players with off-field issues (like Tyreek Hill and Antonio Callaway) and was in Kansas City when the Chiefs selected Hunt in the draft, this is a total shock. Hunt—the league's leading rusher as a rookie in 2017—is no doubt a very talented all-around running back, but the Browns appeared to already have a clear-cut stud franchise runner in 2018 second-round pick Nick Chubb, who was a big part in Cleveland finishing the season on a 5-3 stretch over the final eight games. Hunt is facing a certain suspension (likely around six games) for hitting a woman last year, but we would expect other teams might make trade offers for Chubb this offseason. If not, this will likely just be a committee backfield where the workload is split pretty evenly between Chubb and Hunt in Cleveland.
Kareem Hunt is expected to have a job "sooner rather than later," according to ESPN.
Earlier today, it was reported that the NFL's investigation of Hunt, which will almost certainly end with a suspension of some length, is expected to conclude before the start of the new league year in March. Now this ESPN report says that "multiple teams" are interested in signing the 23-year-old running back that led the NFL in rushing as a rookie in 2017. The Bears and head coach Matt Nagy, who was Hunt's offensive coordinator last season, didn't rule out signing the troubled running back, and other team are apparently interested too. It looks like Hunt is going to get a second chance, and it could happen soon, so if you feel comfortable having him on your roster in dynasty leagues, he's worth a pickup if he's been dropped.
Kareem Hunt went unclaimed on waivers, according to multiple reports.
This isn’t surprising, as no team wanted to claim Hunt after his actions. Hunt must prove to NFL teams he deserves a second chance, so it’s not likely to come until the offseason. Hunt’s forthcoming suspension quite honestly made it an easier decision for teams not to claim him. Now the league’s leading rusher from the 2017 season is free to sign with any team, and he has to hope someone will give him a second chance. It’s up in the air whether it’ll actually happen at some point.
The Chiefs are releasing Kareem Hunt.
The franchise released a statement reading: "Earlier this year, we were made aware of an incident involving running back Kareem Hunt. At that time, the National Football League and law enforcement initiated investigations into the issue. As part of our internal discussions with Kareem, several members of our management team spoke directly to him. Kareem was not truthful in those discussions. The video released today confirms that fact. We are releasing Kareem immediately." This is a bit of a shocker, though not that surprising. The Chiefs say they were lied to by Hunt, so they have decided to release him. Hunt will now hit waivers, and it'll be interesting to see if anyone claims the talented second-year running back. Last season as a rookie for Kansas City, Hunt led the NFL in rushing with 1,327 yards, and he had 2,151 rushing yards, 15 rushing touchdowns, 833 receiving yards, and ten receiving touchdowns in one-plus seasons with the team. 27-year-old and former starter Spencer Ware will lead the backfield for the rest of this season and potential beyond, and the Chiefs will rely on Patrick Mahomes and the talented receivers around him to keep the offense clicking without one of its best players since last season.
The NFL has officially placed Kareem Hunt on the Commissioner’s Exempt List.
The NFL says it will now launch an investigation including the new information (the video) released today. It was really only a matter of time before this was going to happen, as there was not much of a chance that Hunt would be allowed to play this Sunday versus the Raiders. Being on the Exempt List basically means Hunt will still be paid, but he will not count against the 53-man roster for the Chiefs and he cannot practice or play with the team. Considering the presence of a video with definite proof of Hunt’s terrible act, we’d say his season is probably over. Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott was suspended six games last season in a situation where he fully denied any wrongdoing throughout, so that might be the low-end of any potential suspension for Hunt, who might just stay on the Exempt List for the rest of the season. Spencer Ware is obviously a must-add as at least an excellent RB2 option over the final five weeks of the season, so pick him up if he’s somehow still available in your league.
Video emerges of Kareem Hunt physically assaulting a young woman.
TMZ Sports obtained a video, said to be from February in a Cleveland hotel, of Hunt shoving and then aggressively going after a 19-year-old woman. Apparently Hunt shoved the woman, who then hit Hunt in the face, and then the video shows Hunt basically out of control with people having to hold him back as he went after her. Hunt eventually showed the woman and another person—presumably one of his friends—hard to the ground. Hunt then kicked the woman—though it did not appear to be an extremely hard kick from the video (but obviously completely unacceptable either way). At the time of the incident, there was not enough evidence for charges, but this video could certainly lead to some discipline from the NFL. The behavior is simply terrible for anyone and should not be tolerated. Especially if you have Hunt on your fantasy roster, you should try to pickup Spencer Ware if he's available in your league. It would be a shock if Hunt is not suspended for his actions.
Kareem Hunt scores in Chiefs' loss.
Hunt carried 14 times for 70 yards and caught three passes for 41 yards and a touchdown in tonight's loss to the Rams. The score was on basically a walk-in screen pass. The second-year running back ran the ball well, but this turned into a shootout with 95 pass attempts between the two teams. Hunt has a bye week this week, so make sure you get him out of Week 12 fantasy lineups before firing him back up as an excellent option against Oakland in Week 13.
Kareem Hunt gets 18 touches in Week 10.
Hunt carried 16 times for 71 yards and caught two passes for 25 yards in the Chiefs' win against the Cardinals. The second-year running back played well, but next week he'll look to have a bigger game to match Todd Gurley and the Rams on the other side. Hunt obviously remains an RB1 option in Week 11.
Kareem Hunt scores three touchdowns against the Browns.
Hunt started the game hot with an early 50-yard touchdown reception on a screen pass where he broke a couple of arm tackles and was off to the races, then he later added a couple more scores on the ground. Overall, Hunt had 17 carries for 91 yards and two touchdowns along with one reception for 50 yards and a touchdown. The second-year running back is simply an exceptional runner in arguably the league's best offense, so he's a great RB1 every week. He next faces a Cardinals team that has given up ten rushing touchdowns this season.
Kareem Hunt scores in Chiefs' win.
Hunt carried 16 times for 50 yards and added five receptions for 36 yards and a touchdown against the Broncos. The highlight of the game for Hunt was a 23-yard touchdown on a shuffle pass where the second-year running back hurdled a defender and then powered into the end zone for six. Through half the season, Hunt is on pace for 268 carries, 1,184 rushing yards, ten rushing touchdowns, 40 receptions, 524 receiving yards, and ten receiving touchdowns. Andy Reid says he can't imagine any other running back is playing better than Hunt, who should be fed a lot in the second half of the season.
Kareem Hunt scores three touchdowns in Chiefs' rout of the Bengals.
Hunt carried 15 times for 86 yards and a touchdown along with five receptions for 55 yards and two touchdowns. Both receiving touchdowns were on passes where he dove and got the ball in within the front pylon, and the rushing score came at the goal line. Hunt was simply a load for the Bengals to tackle all night, and his highlight was probably a play where he looked to be tackled for no gain but spun out of it and then broken more tackles and hurdled a defender. The second-year running back is playing extremely well in a near-unstoppable offense, so he's obviously an RB1 every week.
Kareem Hunt totals 185 yards in SNF loss to the Patriots.
Hunt rushed ten times for 80 yards, also adding five receptions for 105 yards and a score. The highlight was the touchdown, as it came on a 67-yard throw by Patrick Mahomes down the right sideline to get Kansas City going on their first drive of the second half. Hunt isn’t getting as many touches as he did last season when he led the league in rushing, but he’s still been great for fantasy owners with 80+ rushing yards in each of the past three games. He will look to make it four in a row when the Chiefs repeat on Sunday Night Football against the Bengals in Week 7.
Kareem Hunt scores in Chiefs' win.
Hunt grinded out yards against a tough Jaguars defense, carrying 22 times for 87 yards and a touchdown along with one reception for seven yards in the Week 5 win. Next week, Hunt faces the Patriots, the team he faced in his NFL debut and totaled nearly 250 yards with three touchdowns in the season opener last season. New England might attempt to make Hunt the guy they scheme to shut down in the game, but he's still an RB1 option for Week 6.
Kareem Hunt totals 175 yards and a touchdown in Chiefs' win.
After a relatively slow start the first three games of the season, this was more like the type of game we saw from Hunt during his outstanding rookie year. Hunt had 19 carries for 121 yards and one touchdown along with three receptions for 54 yards in the Monday night victory against Denver. The second-year back consistently broke tackles and moved forward for positive yardage, and his effort was needed with a slow start by the lethal passing attack. Through four games, Hunt is on pace for 284 carries, 1,156 rushing yards, and 12 rushing touchdowns with a 16/236/4 receiving line. Expect him to remain more involved as a receiver moving forward.
Kareem Hunt scores twice in Chiefs' win.
The Niners did a nice job of limiting Hunt on the ground throughout the game, but a couple of scores made it a very productive day for the second-year running back. Hunt had 18 carries for 44 yards and two touchdowns in the win. Last year's league-leading rusher has been held under 50 yards in two of the first three games this season, but he's a great buy-low candidate in an electric offense if an owner is worried about his lack of yardage.
Kareem Hunt gets 19 touches in Week 2.
Hunt carried 18 times for 75 yards and added one reception for five yards and a touchdown in the victory against the Steelers. Patrick Mahomes and his ten touchdowns have been the focus through two weeks, but teams will soon have to start focusing on the pass, which could really open things up for Hunt. Keep Hunt locked into lineups for Week 3 against the Niners.
Kareem Hunt contained as the rest of Kansas City's offense goes wild.
Hunt rushed 16 times for just 49 yards and was held without a reception, and he didn't get a chance to convert from the one-yard line twice, as Andy Reid called a couple nifty pass plays to get the ball in the end zone. Fantasy owners should expect a bounce back in Week 2 against the Steelers in the potential shootout, keeping Hunt in RB1 territory.
Kareem Hunt says he's "running a lot more routes" this year.
The second-year back, who led the NFL in rushing last season, says he's been working on his entire game and was happy to have a normal offseason instead of having to go through interviews and all the rookie stuff last year. Hunt says he's "catching the ball more and running a lot more routes" after catching 53 passes for 455 yards in 2017. New Chiefs starting quarterback Patrick Mahomes II might want to air it out to Tyreek Hill, Sammy Watkins, Travis Kelce, and his other targets, but Hunt would obviously do well to exceed the very good receiving numbers he put up last season.
A young woman says she was "shoved and pushed" by Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt.
According to cleveland.com, a 19-year-old woman accused Hunt of assaulting her around 3:45 AM on Saturday, but one of Hunt's friends says she was assaulted by the woman accusing Hunt. It's unclear what exactly happens, but what does appear to be clear is that the woman making the accusations against Hunt and her friend were kicked out of the running back's apartment—the Hunt camp says because it was found out they were only 19 and could not legally drink. The entire report can be read in the link below, and it's possible the NFL launches its own investigation into the matter.
Kareem Hunt scores in shocking playoff loss.
Hunt rushed 11 times for 42 yards and a touchdown, also adding three receptions for five yards. The league's leading rusher probably didn't get the touches he should have with the Chiefs up 21-3 at the half, and Tennessee was able to chip away with three touchdowns to win 22-21 and end Kansas City's season. Hunt impressive rookie campaign ends in disappointing fashion, but his future is bright, and he should be considered a great RB1 in fantasy drafts next summer.
Kareem Hunt wins rushing title on one carry in Week 17 win.
Hunt took his only touch of the game 35 yards for a touchdown, capping off a sensational rookie season in which he rushed 272 times for 1,327 yards (4.9 yards per carry) and eight touchdowns. He also caught 53 passes for 455 yards and three more scores, and became the second-straight rookie to lead the league in rushing. Hunt should be the focal point of Kansas City's offense in January, and that starts next Saturday against the Titans.
Kareem Hunt gets fed 33 touches against Miami.
Hunt continued to work as a big-time workhorse for Chiefs, carrying 29 times for 91 yards and a touchdown while adding four receptions for 15 yards in the Week 16 victory. The impressive rookie keeps running downhill with great force, and he's not going to be fun for defenses to tackle in January. With the division locked up, Hunt might be getting some rest in Week 17.
Kareem Hunt explodes for over 200 total yards in win over the Chargers.
Hunt rushed 24 times for 155 yards and one touchdown, adding seven receptions for 51 yards and another score through the air. The rookie basically looked how he did to start the season when he took the league by storm, and fantasy owners have to be glad that it's happening in the fantasy playoffs. Hunt nearly had a third touchdown in Saturday night's 30-13 win, but he couldn't haul in a pass before it touched the ground in the end zone. He looks like an elite (or at least solid) RB1 for Week 16 against Miami.
Kareem Hunt handles 28 touches in Week 14 win.
Hunt rushed 25 times for 116 yards and one touchdown, adding three receptions for 22 yards. The rookie had struggled and failed to find the end zone in recent weeks, but he got back on track and went over 1,000 rushing yards in the win. Hunt should handle at least 22-25 touches next Saturday night against the Chargers, but that might not happen if Kansas City isn't up big again. Still, he should be back on the RB1 map for Week 15.
Kareem Hunt gets 12 touches in Week 13.
Hunt carried nine times for 40 yards and added three receptions for 23 yards versus the Jets. Kansas City likely would have ran the ball more with their stud rookie runner, but they were having so much success through the air in the game. Hunt will look to snap his nine-game scoreless streak in Week 14 against Oakland, and he needs to remain in fantasy lineups.
Kareem Hunt doesn't get much going in Week 12.
The Bills shut down the running game of the Chiefs, as Hunt had 11 carries for only 17 yards and added one reception (on one target) for nine yards. The fantasy superstar from early in the season hasn't scored a touchdown since Week 3, and the offense is just struggling overall. Hunt should remain in fantasy lineups against the Jets next week, but expectations should be tempered a bit.
Kareem Hunt gets 21 touches against the Giants.j
Hunt carried 18 times for 73 yards and caught three passes for four yards in the Week 11 loss. As has been the case all season, Hunt has been a load to bring down as he gained positive yardage after contact. However, the Giants did a good job of limiting him overall. While he's cooled off after the scorching start to the season, a matchup against a struggling Bills team in Week 12 could get the talented rookie back on track as a high-end RB1.
Kareem Hunt has quiet game in loss to the Cowboys.
Hunt rushed nine times for 37 yards and caught four passes for 24 yards. The rookie played about half the snaps for Kansas City, which was a surprise in a mostly close game. We'd expect him to be featured when the team returns from their Week 10 bye to take on the collapsing Giants. Hunt remains a high-end RB1.
Kareem Hunt gets 25 touches against the Broncos.
It was great to see the rookie get another big workload in this game, but Denver did a nice job of limiting him throughout the night. Hunt carried 22 times for 46 yards and added three receptions (on five targets) for 22 yards. With an easier matchup against the Cowboys in Week 9, you can feel great about keeping Hunt in your lineup as a great RB1 option. Through eight games in his first NFL season, Hunt is on pace for 292 carries, 1,526 rushing yards, eight rushing touchdowns, 56 receptions, 614 receiving yards, and four receiving touchdowns. That'd be over 2,100 total yards, and for perspective, Ezekiel Elliott did not reach 2,000 yards total yards as a rookie last season.
Rookie Kareem Hunt goes over 100 total yards again.
Hunt carried 18 times for 87 yards and added four receptions for 30 yards against the Raiders. Toledo's all-time leading rusher continues to rack up the yardage in his first NFL season, as he has over 100 yards from scrimmage in each of the first seven game, continuing his own rookie record. Even in a difficult matchup against Denver in Week 8, Hunt is a good bet to top 100 total yards for the eighth straight game—he's simply an excellent player that's getting the ball a lot in one of the league's best offenses.
Kareem Hunt has quiet game on the ground; still totals 110 yards as Chiefs lose first game of the year.
Hunt rushed nine times for 21 yards, but he led the team in receiving with five catches for 89 yards. It's now been three-straight games without a rushing score for Hunt, but it's nothing to be concerned about. He'll look to break that drought on Thursday night against the Raiders, when he'll obviously be a high-end RB1.
Kareem Hunt goes over 100 yards against the Texans.
Though the game didn't start off great for the rookie back, who couldn't find much room to run against Houston, he ended up with another excellent game, rushing 29 times for 107 yards while adding three receptions for nine yards. Charcandrick West caught two touchdowns, and scoring was the only thing missing from Hunt's fantasy day, but he's rushed for over 100 yards in four of his first five NFL games. Hunt is obviously an RB1 next week against the Steelers.
Kareem Hunt goes over 100 yards again.
The rookie running back carried 21 times for 101 yards along with four receptions (on four targets) for 40 yards versus the Redskins. It was Hunt's third 100-yard rushing game in his first four-career games, as he continues his scorching start to his NFL career. Hunt is on pace for 272 carries, 2,008 rushing yards, 16 rushing touchdowns, 52 receptions, 628 receiving yards, and eight receiving touchdowns. Obviously, he's one of the top running back options each week, including in Week 5 against the Texans.
Kareem Hunt continues to make history in win over the Chargers.
Hunt became the first player in NFL history to score a 50-yard touchdown of any kind in three-straight games to start a career with his 69-yard score in the fourth quarter of a 24-10 win. He finished the game with 17 carries for 172 yards and one touchdown, adding and 11-yard reception. We are three weeks into the 2017 season, and the rookie is already a fantasy superstar, and he's probably the favorite to be the highest-scoring non-quarterback this year. Hunt is a high-end RB1 for Monday night's matchup with the Redskins.
Kareem Hunt goes off again in his second-career game.
The rookie running back had 13 carries for 81 yards and two touchdowns while adding three catches (on three targets) for 28 yards. The first touchdown was on a carry near the goal line where he kept driving and turned to reach the ball into the end zone. His second touchdown was a 53-yarder where he ran up the middle and got to the second level before showing his speed and running away from the defense—making it his second 50+ yard touchdown in his first two games. Hunt again showed superb balance and power, with the ability to move forward after contact and keep driving forward. The Chiefs got a good one in Toledo's all-time leading rusher. He'll be a top-ten option again next week against the Chargers.
Kareem Hunt goes off in first career game.
Things started off about as bad as possible for the rookie running back, as he lost a fumbled on his first carry after never losing a carry (and only fumbling once) in four years at Toledo. Hunt quickly put the play behind him and balled the rest of the game in a Chiefs' upset. He had 17 carries for 148 yards and one rush touchdown along with five receptions for 98 yards and two receiving touchdowns. Hunt gashed through New England's defense and picked up positive yardage on almost every carry, while he showed he can be a real weapon out of the backfield when he caught a 78-yard touchdown on a deep seam-type route out of the backfield that's become a common route for running backs in Kansas City under Andy Reid. Charcandrick West only received one carry (which he scored on) behind Hunt, so it appears the rookie will be a true workhorse and an RB1 in all fantasy leagues.
Kareem Hunt carries nine times for 39 yards in third preseason game.
The rookie running back was splitting time on the first-team offense with Spencer Ware, but unfortunately Ware went down with a potentially serious knee injury and was carted off. If Ware's injury is as serious as it appears, Hunt will step right in as the clear lead back for the Chiefs. The rookie looked very good this preseason, including tonight against Seattle, and his ADP (which is already in the top 100) might rise a ton in the coming days.
Kareem Hunt impresses in second preseason game for the Chiefs.
The third-round rookie quickly entered the game for incumbent starter Spencer Ware (who had one carry before exiting). He had eight carries for 40 yards, including a long of 25 where he showed great burst and vision. Quarterback Alex Smith was also comfortable looking his way, and Hunt caught three-of-three targets for 23 yards. It's clear Hunt will have some type of role this season, but the question is now the amount of playing time he will get. Hunt's ADP already matches the anticipation of him getting a good amount of work behind Ware this season, but this situation is one to watch in the third preseason game.
Kareem Hunt doesn't do much in preseason debut.
Hunt had one carry for no yards and one catch for nine yards. He appears to be ahead of Charcandrick West and C.J. Spiller as the primary backup behind Spencer Ware, but Ware is the clear starter right now. It also looked like Hunt got some action on special teams, further verifying Ware is the lead running back for the Chiefs. Hunt could force his way into a nice role as the preseason progresses, though.
ESPN Chiefs reporter Adam Teicher thinks it's "unlikely" Kareem Hunt opens the season as the team's starting running back.
Teicher, while he doesn't believe Hunt will overtake Spencer Ware as the starter to open the season, thinks the third-round rookie could get a lot of playing time if he plays well during training camp and the preseason. The Chiefs obviously like Hunt after they drafted him in the third round of the draft, but Ware a veteran presence that averaged 4.3 yards per carry and a robust 13.5 yards per reception last season for Kansas City. Hunt is definitely worth a late-round selection in fantasy drafts in case he takes over at some point, though.
ESPN's Adam Teicher believes Kareem Hunt is "best-positioned to have an immediate impact" of the Chiefs rookies.
Teicher writes that the third-round pick is "versatile enough to be the the all-around player the Chiefs demand from their feature back." He also doesn't think the Chiefs got the production they wanted from Spencer Ware and Charcandrick West at the end of last season. While Teicher thinks Ware will open the year as the starter, he believes Hunt has a chance to overtake him and become the team's leader rusher or receiver out of the backfield as a rookie. The Chiefs are a deep team, but they took Hunt in the third round for a reason and must have seen him as a very good player. He's someone to watch this preseason.
Chiefs rookie running back Kareem Hunt is impressing with his intelligence.
Running backs coach Eric Bieniemy says the team has been "throwing the book" at Hunt to see how well he can retain information. Bieniemy says Hunt is not only retaining the information, but he's "done a great job of working out there" and that his "football IQ is very high." Kansas City obviously likes Toledo's all-time leading rusher, as they selected him in the third round of this year's draft. Hunt's presence, along with Charcandrick West, C.J. Spiller, and others, makes it seem unlikely that Spencer Ware will be a workhorse for the Chiefs. Keep an eye on Hunt throughout the preseason.
The Chiefs select Toledo running back Kareem Hunt with the 86th pick in the 2017 NFL Draft.
Hunt ran for 1,475 yards and ten touchdowns during his final season at Toledo. Hunt also can catch out of the backfield, grabbing 41 passes for 403 yards and a touchdown. As a rookie, Hunt will be behind Spencer Ware and Charcandrick West, so he likely won't offer much fantasy value. If something were to happen to KC's top two backs, Hunt would be an immediate plug-and-play option, however.