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Kareem Hunt

Cleveland Browns
Running Back #27
Cleveland Browns
Running Back #27
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Kareem Hunt News

Productive against Kansas City

Hunt carried the ball six times for 33 yards and a touchdown while catching all three of his targets for 33 yards in Sunday's 33-29 loss to Kansas City. He also ran in a two-point conversion.

Analysis: While Hunt didn't see high volume, getting nine touches to Nick Chubb's 17, he was able to do some damage against the club that drafted him back in 2017. The Browns have once again made the ground game the focus of their offense, which should have Hunt poised for another productive performance in Week 2 at home against the Texans.

Sep 12, 2021 7:43 PM EST

Quiet in preseason debut

Hunt rushed twice for five yards in Sunday's 19-10 preseason win over the Falcons.

Analysis: Hunt was on the field for the Browns' first drive, but only received two touches before handing things off to the backups. The 26-year-old was not targeted in the passing game, which is an area he figures to be heavily involved in as part of one of the best running back tandems in the league alongside Nick Chubb. The latter is the more desirable fantasy option, but as we saw last year, Hunt can have value even as a "backup" (1,145 combined yards and 11 combined touchdowns). The Browns will have to rely on all of their horses in what should be a high-scoring affair against the Chiefs in Week 1 of the regular season.

Aug 29, 2021 9:18 PM EST

Wants team to keep Chubb

Hunt says he's happy sharing backfield work with Nick Chubb, even noting that the Browns should give his teammate a big contract, Zac Jackson of The Athletic reports. "Pay that man," Hunt said. "He's a freak of nature. He's like a brother to me ... hope we can play together for a long time."

Analysis: Chubb's presence may relegate Hunt to a reserve role, but that could also help prolong his career, especially if the Cleveland offensive line maintains its high level of play from 2020. Hunt is entering the first season of the two-year, $12 million extension he signed last September, while Chubb is entering the final year of his rookie contract and figures to eventually land a much larger deal. The Browns might use a franchise tag on Chubb next offseason if they still haven't worked out a long-term contract.

Jul 6, 2021 1:00 PM EST

Finds end zone in playoff loss

Hunt rushed six times for 32 yards and a touchdown while catching his only target for two yards in Sunday's 22-17 loss to the Chiefs in the AFC divisional round.

Analysis: Hunt didn't register a touch in the first half, as the Browns took a 19-3 deficit into the locker room. He continued to play second fiddle to Nick Chubb in the third quarter, then took the spotlight himself early in the fourth with a three-yard rushing touchdown. Cleveland's offense got the ball only one more time after that and gained just 12 yards before punting the ball back to Kansas City, and the Chiefs ran out the clock from there. Hunt should continue to work as the 1B to Chubb in Cleveland's run-heavy offense next season after scoring 14 scrimmage touchdowns between the regular season and postseason.

Jan 17, 2021 4:12 PM EST

Gets pair of first-quarter TD runs

Hunt registered 48 yards and two touchdowns on eight carries, adding a 13-yard reception during Sunday's 48-37 wild-card win against Pittsburgh.

Analysis: Hunt was contained to single-digit rush attempts for the fourth time over his past five outings, but the back's two first-quarter rushing scores against the Steelers matched his total from 51 carries between Weeks 12 and 17. His contributions are undeniable, as Hunt posted 841 yards for Cleveland's No. 3 rushing offense during the regular season. However, it appears as a rusher he'll continue to play second fiddle to Nick Chubb, who garnered 18 carries in the wild-card win and who has exceeded Hunt's rush-attempt total 133-83 since his Week 10 return from an MCL injury. Hunt always has the potential to break off an explosive play, and he carries 13 total TDs into an AFC divisional-round matchup against his former team in the Chiefs.

Jan 10, 2021 9:13 PM EST

Held quiet again

Hunt carried the ball 10 times for 37 yards in Week 17 against the Steelers. He added one reception for four yards.

Analysis: Hunt earned 11 touches in comparison to Nick Chubb's 14, though he was out-gained 108-41. Disappointing performances have become the norm for Hunt, as he logged 35 or fewer rushing yards in six of the team's final seven games. He's salvaged some value by totaling four touchdowns, though there is little doubt that Chubb will lead the backfield heading into a playoff matchup against the Steelers.

Jan 3, 2021 5:20 PM EST

Scores TD in upset loss

Hunt rushed four times for 11 yards and a touchdown while catching three of five targets for 41 yards in Sunday's 23-16 loss to the Jets.

Analysis: Hunt had just six scrimmage yards in the first half, but he was more involved in the second half with Cleveland playing catch-up. After watching Nick Chubb score from one yard out late in the third quarter, Hunt found the end zone himself from four yards out on the next drive for his sixth rushing touchdown of the season. With the Browns needing a win over the Steelers in Week 17 to clinch a playoff berth, expect Hunt to play a prominent role as both a rusher and a receiver out of the backfield.

Dec 27, 2020 1:54 PM EST

In line for significant role Sunday

Hunt could be more heavily involved in Sunday's game against the Jets, after the Browns placed several receivers on the COVID-19 list, Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

Analysis: Cleveland will operate without Jarvis Landry, Rashard Higgins, KhaDarel Hodge and Donovan Peoples-Jones, all deemed to be close contacts of linebacker B.J. Goodson, who tested positive for the virus. The obvious reaction could be the Browns relying heavily on the running attack behind Hunt and Nick Chubb. However, when they do throw the ball, quarterback Baker Mayfield is likely to rely on known commodities that he's been practicing with all season. That means Hunt, who is fourth on the team with 45 targets and second among Sunday's available receivers behind tight end Austin Hooper (50), could play a significant role as a receiver against the Jets.

Dec 27, 2020 3:27 AM EST

Worst fantasy outing this year

Hunt had seven carries for 21 yards and three receptions (three targets) for seven yards in Sunday's 20-6 win over the Giants.

Analysis: Both Hunt and starter Nick Chubb struggled to establish their usual dominance over opposing defenses. Both of talented backs averaged less than four yards per carry despite facing a Giants defense that surrendered 4.13 YPC entering Sunday's contest. Hunt was especially disappointing, as his lack of production as a receiver was also accompanied by the second consecutive week of single-digit carries. Baker Mayfield's elevated play this season has begun to shift the Browns' offensive gameplan towards a more balanced approach, as opposed to a heavy reliance on the team's two star backs. Hunt has been able to stay fantasy relevant as a backup with his ability to contribute as a receiver and a nose for the end zone, but managers are left with occasional clunkers when he fails to hit pay dirt. Hunt will look to get back on track in Week 16 when the Browns take on a hot Jets team fresh off a win.

Dec 20, 2020 9:24 PM EST

Gets in end zone twice

Hunt rushed six times for 33 yards and a touchdown in Monday night's 47-42 loss to the Ravens. He also caught six of seven targets for 77 yards and another score.

Analysis: Hunt played second fiddle to Nick Chubb as usual, but still matched his running mate with a pair of touchdowns. Although Chubb did his damage in the first half, Hunt waited until after halftime to strike. He first scored on a five-yard rush during the third quarter, then caught a 22-yard pass to tie the game with just over a minute remaining. Along with giving him his tenth touchdown of the season, that catch also gave Hunt Cleveland's team lead in receiving yards Monday. Such a well-rounded performance showed just why Hunt remains so valuable despite his second-string position, and he'll look to keep his momentum going in Week 15 versus the Giants.

Dec 14, 2020 9:26 PM EST

Limited to 57 total yards

Hunt carried the ball 14 times for 33 yards in Week 13 against the Titans. He added three receptions for 24 yards.

Analysis: Hunt received only four carries in the first half, with Nick Chubb handling 12 touches as the primary back. With the Browns up multiple scores for nearly the entire second half, Hunt did see his volume increase, though he was unable to turn that into significant yardage. The bright spot of Hunt's performance came as a receiver, as he hauled in all of his targets and tallied receptions of 13 and 11 yards. Hunt continues to trend down since Chubb returned in Week 10, racking up 210 yards on the ground and 71 yards as a receiver across four contests. He and the Browns will draw a tough Week 14 matchup against the Ravens.

Dec 6, 2020 3:26 PM EST

Clear for Week 13

Hunt (thigh) doesn't have a designation for Sunday's game at Tennessee, Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

Analysis: Hunt was limited by a thigh injury on the first two practice reports of Week 13, but the concern wasn't enough to impact his ability to suit up for game day. Working in concert with Nick Chubb again the last three contests, Hunt still has racked up 46 touches for 215 yards and one touchdown while playing between 42 and 58 percent of the snaps on offense.

Dec 4, 2020 11:13 AM EST

Another limited session

Hunt (thigh) remained limited at practice Thursday, Turron Davenport of reports.

Analysis: We haven't heard anything to suggest that Hunt is in any danger of missing Sunday's game against the Titans, with Friday's final injury report set to reveal whether the running back heads into the weekend listed as questionable or free from a Week 13 injury designation.

Dec 3, 2020 1:24 PM EST

Nursing thigh injury

Hunt (thigh) was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice, Scott Petrak of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram reports.

Analysis: Hunt only played 42 percent of offensive snaps during last weekend's win over the Jaguars, and his 10 carries were tied for a season-low mark. Nick Chubb's return to the lineup has certainly contributed to Hunt's role decreasing, but it appears as though his relative lack of involvement versus Jacksonville could also be partially attributed to injury. Hunt will work to upgrade his practice activity ahead of Sunday's game in Tennessee.

Dec 2, 2020 2:36 PM EST

Role limited against Jaguars

Hunt rushed the ball 10 times for 62 yards in Week 12 against the Jaguars. He did not convert either of his targets into receptions.

Analysis: Hunt matched a season-low carry total and wasn't able to mask the lack of volume by finding the end zone. More troubling was Hunt's lack of involvement in the passing game, as he failed to record a reception for the second time this season. Furthermore, in three contests since Nick Chubb has returned, Hunt has seen his touch-total drop progressively from 22 all the way to Sunday's 10 touches. Game script could be more favorable to Hunt in Week 13 against the Titans, as the Browns more be forced into a more aggressive offensive style.

Nov 29, 2020 3:01 PM EST

Scores despite poor yardage output

Hunt carried 13 times for 11 yards and a touchdown while catching his only target for an additional 10 yards during Sunday's 22-17 win over the Eagles.

Analysis: Hunt managed a dismal 0.8 yards per carry against a tough Eagles front and was uncharacteristically underutilized in the passing game as well. He salvaged a bit of respectability for his fantasy line with a five-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter but still finished with underwhelming numbers by his standards. Meanwhile, Nick Chubb fared much better on the ground as the two backs continue to temper each other's upside on a weekly basis. Nevertheless, Hunt should bounce back in a more favorable matchup with the Jaguars next Sunday.

Nov 22, 2020 3:01 PM EST

Tops century mark in Chubb's return

Hunt rushed 19 times for 104 yards and caught three of four targets for 28 yards in Sunday's 10-7 win over the Texans.

Analysis: Hunt remained a key cog in fellow running back Nick Chubb's (knee) first action since Week 4. Chubb finished with 22 more rushing yards and a touchdown on the same number of carries as Hunt, but Hunt had three more catches on three more targets. This game provided the likely blueprint for Cleveland's backfield distribution moving forward, as both Chubb and Hunt should remain heavily involved, with the former doing almost all of his damage on the ground and the latter contributing as both a rusher and a receiver.

Nov 15, 2020 1:38 PM EST

Back to No. 2

With Nick Chubb (knee) activated off injured reserve Saturday, Hunt will likely go back to splitting work at running back.

Analysis: Considering Hunt averaged 5.5 yards-per-carry in the four games Chubb was active compared to 3.9 as the starter, this might actually be good news for Hunt's fantasy prospects. Expect to see the 25-year-old return to his primary focus as a pass catcher out of the backfield while mixing in a handful of carries in competitive games. Hunt never played more than 49 percent of the team's offensive snaps with Chubb healthy and it's likely fair to expect a similar usage for future weeks.

Nov 14, 2020 11:13 AM EST

Expected to share role

With Nick Chubb (knee) returning to practice Monday, Hunt is expected share the rushing role Week 10 at home against the Texans, Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

Analysis: Hunt filled in for Chubb the last four games, vaulting to first on the team in carries (115), yards (529) and touchdowns (seven). He had been angling for a 1,000-yard rushing season, but Chubb will assume the lead back role while Hunt makes a greater impact in the passing offense. Hunt leads the Browns with four touchdown receptions.

Nov 10, 2020 4:37 AM EST

Held in check by Raiders

Hunt collected 66 rushing yards on 14 carries, adding two catches for seven yards during Sunday's 16-6 loss to Las Vegas.

Analysis: Hunt seemed primed for a big day against the Raiders, having entered the contest with seven total touchdowns since Week 2. Las Vegas in comparison had surrendered the third-most rushing TDs to opposing RBs (eight) coming into Sunday, but the unit proved capable of holding Cleveland to just two field goals on a constricted 22:17 of offensive possession. The Browns will now be afforded the opportunity to heal up over a Week 9 before returning to the field Oct. 15 against Houston's 31st-ranked rush defense. Nick Chubb (knee), meanwhile, seems to have a chance to play Week 10 if he checks out with trainers, as he was given a recovery window of 4-to-6 weeks when he initially went down Oct. 4 against Dallas.

Nov 1, 2020 1:53 PM EST

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