Kareem Hunt

Cleveland Browns
Running Back #27
Cleveland Browns
Running Back #27

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Heads to free agency

Hunt, who returned to Sunday's game after being evaluated for a head injury, finished with four carries for 13 yards and caught three of four targets for 15 yards in a 28-14 loss to Pittsburgh in Week 18.

Analysis: In terms of combined yards, the 28 were Hunt's most since Week 13. Coming off a three-touch, minus-1 yard performance in Week 17, it seems Hunt was given a chance to showcase his wares in advance of the free-agent market this offseason. The year began as an effort to make Hunt and Nick Chubb work as a tandem backfield, but the plan devolved as Cleveland's season went sideways. A healthy Chubb was expected to cap Hunt's opportunities, but the Deshaun Watson-less Browns fell into a funk, and the Ohio native saw his touches diminish over the second half of the season. Hunt averaged 12 touches per contest over the first eight weeks but dropped to seven over the final nine games. The six-year veteran enters free agency this offseason, and there's a strong chance Hunt hits the open market beginning March 15 at 4:00 PM.

Jan 9, 2023 6:14 AM EST

Returns to Sunday's contest

Hunt (head) returned to Sunday's game against the Steelers, Scott Petrak of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram reports.

Analysis: Hunt briefly left Sunday's game to get evaluated for a head injury, but he's presumably cleared concussion protocol and has returned to the contest. Before leaving, he totaled three rushing attempts for 10 yards and caught all three of his targets for 15 receiving yards.

Jan 8, 2023 12:17 PM EST

Exits Sunday's game

Hunt is questionable to return to Sunday's game against the Steelers due to a head injury, Jake Trotter of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Prior to exiting the contest, Hunt had carried three times for 10 yards and caught all three of his targets for 15 yards while working behind Cleveland's top back, Nick Chubb.

Jan 8, 2023 11:33 AM EST

Three touches in win

Hunt had two carries for zero yards and caught is only target for minus-1 yard in Sunday's 24-10 win over the Commanders in Week 17.

Analysis: This was a season-low in touches and yards for Hunt, who played 18 snaps for a 32-percent share in what could have been his penultimate game in a Browns uniform. His contract is up after this season, and the organization appears to have shifted to the future after it was eliminated from the postseason in Week 16. Rookie running back Jerome Ford was given a season-high seven snaps and had five carries for nine yards.

Jan 2, 2023 5:44 AM EST

Limited to 22 total yards in loss

Hunt rushed seven times for eight yards and brought in all three targets for 14 yards in the Browns' 17-10 loss to the Saints on Saturday.

Analysis: The weather was conducive to a big workload for the ground attack, but Hunt still logged 17 fewer carries than backfield mate Nick Chubb. The veteran back's carry total was his second highest since Week 5 and his catch tally a high-water mark since Week 8, but Hunt's game-to-game workload is anything but trustworthy heading into a Week 17 road matchup against the Commanders on Sunday, Jan. 1.

Dec 24, 2022 6:30 PM EST

Twenty-seven total yards

Hunt had four carries for 24 yards and caught his lone target for three yards in Saturday's 13-3 win over the Ravens in Week 15.

Analysis: Hunt's five touches were the second fewest of the season, and he was held to under 30 combined yards for the third time in the last four games. The 27-year-old back hasn't found the end zone since Week 7.

Dec 18, 2022 5:53 PM EST

Six touches in loss

Hunt rushed four times for six yards and caught two of four targets for another six yards in Sunday's 23-10 loss to Cincinnati in Week 14.

Analysis: The Bengals did a good job of taking away the running game, Hunt had just 12 combined yards, the second fewest 13 games. He had three red-zone carries and a target, giving him 24 carries and six targets inside the opponents' 20-yard line, so the backup could still be a fantasy factor going forward while the Browns still have faint playoff hopes.

Dec 12, 2022 4:49 AM EST

Tallies 74 total yards

Hunt rushed the ball nine times for 56 yards in Sunday's 27-14 win over the Texans. He added two receptions on three targets for 18 yards.

Analysis: While a modest total, Hunt's nine carries marked his highest total since Week 8. He made the most of his opportunity by ripping off gains of 15 and 11 yards to also tally his highest yardage total on the ground since Week 2. Hunt has only three total touchdowns on the season, which makes him difficult to trust on a weekly basis combined with his relatively limited involvement in the Browns' offense.

Dec 4, 2022 7:17 PM EST

Six touches in win

Hunt had five carries for 15 yards and caught one of two targets for six yards in Sunday's 23-17 overtime win over Tampa Bay in Week 12.

Analysis: While it was a day for the ground game as a whole -- 189 yards, 5.6 YPC -- it was another quiet game for Hunt, who has 21 combined yards or fewer in the four of the last six games. He opened the season with double-digit carries over the first five games but has achieved that just once in the subsequent six contests. His role as a receiving back could improve beginning Week 13 at Houston, the first game that quarterback Deshaun Watson is eligible to play.

Nov 27, 2022 5:09 PM EST

Quiet day in loss

Hunt carried five times for 32 yards and caught both of his targets for 22 yards in Sunday's 31-23 loss to the Bills in Week 11.

Analysis: Buffalo stifled the Browns' vaunted rushing attack, although Hunt found some room on his limited touches as a runner. While it's been mainly the Nick Chubb show in the backfield, a gifted receiver like Hunt could experience a renaissance when Deshaun Watson becomes available Week 13.

Nov 21, 2022 5:30 AM EST

Minimal impact in loss

Hunt rushed six times for nine yards and secured his only target for 10 yards in the Browns' 39-17 loss to the Dolphins on Sunday.

Analysis: Hunt's disappointing afternoon saw him partly limited by game script, as even backfield leader Nick Chubb logged only 11 carries. Hunt's single-digit rushing yardage tally was his second of the last three games, but he'll hope for more opportunity overall in a Week 12 road matchup against the Bills.

Nov 13, 2022 3:14 PM EST

Larger workload ahead of deadline

Hunt rushed 11 times for 42 yards and caught all four of his targets for 30 yards in Monday's 32-13 win over the Bengals.

Analysis: Perhaps being showcased for a trade before Tuesday's deadline, Hunt tied his season high with four receptions, all in the first half. By the end of the game, he also tied his season high of 15 touches while coming two scrimmage yards short of his season best from back in Week 2. Hunt could see an uptick in value if he's traded to a team searching for a lead back. Otherwise, he'll continue to settle for change-of-pace duties behind Nick Chubb after Cleveland's Week 9 bye.

Oct 31, 2022 9:07 PM EST

Browns willing trade?

The Browns are willing to trade Hunt prior to Tuesday's deadline, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Hunt, who is on the final year of his contract with Cleveland and seeking a new deal, requested a trade back in August. Schefter reports that the Browns are now open to Hunt's request to be dealt, and that the team expects to receive either a 2023 fourth-round pick or an asset better than the 2024 compensatory pick that would come their way if the running back were to depart in free agency. Hunt logged double-digit carries in the first five games of the season, but he's combined for just nine rushing opportunities in the Browns' last two contests. If trade talks are truly heating up, it could impact Hunt's involvement in Monday's contest against the Bengals.

Oct 30, 2022 3:28 AM EST

Salvages day with TD

Hunt rushed five times for four yards and a touchdown and secured one of two targets for four yards in the Browns' 23-20 loss to the Ravens on Sunday.

Analysis: Hunt produced his lowest rushing yardage output of the season but was able to punch in a two-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter to prevent his afternoon from being a complete fantasy washout. Hunt now has just 16 rushing yards on nine carries in the last two games after logging double-digit attempts at least 46 rushing yards in each of the first five games of the campaign.

Oct 23, 2022 6:55 PM EST

Quiet day in loss

Hunt rushed four times for 12 yards and did not catch his lone target in Sunday's 38-15 loss to New England in Week 6.

Analysis: The Browns vaunted running game was bottled up by the Patriots, and they largely abandoned Hunt and Nick Chubb, even before the game got out of hand. Cleveland entered Sunday's match having rushed 53 percent of the time, but the Browns ran just 29 percent against New England.

Oct 16, 2022 6:31 PM EST

Generates 57 total yards in loss

Hunt rushed 11 times for 47 yards with one touchdown and brought in all three targets for 10 yards in the Browns' 3028 loss to the Chargers on Sunday.

Analysis: Hunt filled his usual complementary role alongside Nick Chubb, and was effective with it, scoring his second rushing touchdown of the season on a two-yard run late in the third quarter. The veteran has double-digit carries and receptions in every game thus far, but the fact he's typically capped under 15 carries limits his upside somewhat. Hunt's next opportunity to add to his solid start to the season comes in a Week 6 home battle against the Patriots.

Oct 9, 2022 3:47 PM EST

Gains 68 yards on 12 touches

Hunt rushed 10 times for 49 yards and caught two of three targets for 19 yards in Sunday's 23-20 loss to Atlanta.

Analysis: Cleveland's rushing attack was headlined by Nick Chubb (19 carries for 118 yards and a touchdown) , with Hunt playing his usual solid complementary role. The 27-year-old is averaging 50.0 rushing yards (4.4 YPC) and 18.3 receiving yards per game (4.4 YPC) to go along with two total touchdowns. Hunt could see extra usage as a receiver against a high-octane Chargers' offense next Sunday.

Oct 2, 2022 4:30 PM EST

Another solid complementary effort

Hunt rushed 12 times for 47 yards and brought in three of four targets for 14 yards in the Browns' 29-17 win over the Steelers on Thursday night.

Analysis: As customary, Hunt was the ideal complement to lead back Nick Chubb, offering the latter a breather on occasion and also contributing in the passing game with the third-most receptions on the team. Hunt has no fewer than 11 carries and has recorded multiple receptions in the Browns' first three games, a reliable workload that can afford him some fantasy success with enough touchdown equity. The veteran back will look to continue building on his successful start versus the Falcons in a Week 4 road battle a week from Sunday.

Sep 22, 2022 9:07 PM EST

Gets 15 touches in Week 2 loss

Hunt rushed 13 times for 58 yards and caught both of his targets for 16 yards in Sunday's 31-30 loss to the Jets.

Analysis: Hunt scored twice in Week 1 while Nick Chubb was kept out of the end zone, but the script flipped in Week 2, as Chubb found the end zone three times on 17 carries. Both running backs saw plenty of usage in a game that the Browns never trailed until Garrett Wilson gave the Jets the lead for good with 22 seconds remaining. Hunt has totaled 15 touches in each of Cleveland's first two games, so he should remain a key part of the offensive game plan Thursday against the Steelers.

Sep 18, 2022 2:32 PM EST

Pair of scores in win

Hunt rushed 11 times for 46 yards and a touchdown and brought in all four targets for 24 yards and another score in the Browns' 26-24 win over the Panthers on Sunday.

Analysis: Hunt played his usual complementary role behind Nick Chubb, logging just half the carries of his teammate. However, he was the only one of the two to find the end zone, crossing the goal line on a one-yard reception and 24-yard scamper in the first quarter to account for Cleveland's first two scores. Hunt notably finished second on the day for the Browns in both receptions and receiving yards, and with Jacoby Brissett's propensity for high-percentage throws, this could well continue to be an even bigger component of the veteran back's offense profile than usual. Hunt and his teammates aim to build on the wild season-opening victory when they face the Jets in a Week 2 home matchup next Sunday.

Sep 11, 2022 3:01 PM EST

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