ESPN doesn’t expect Kareem Hunt to make much of an impact for the Browns
Kareem Hunt started off his NFL career as one of the best running backs in the entire league with the Kansas City Chiefs. Unfortunately, his career took a major turn last season after the Chiefs cut him due to off-the-field issues. A video was released of him pushing and kicking a woman in an altercation, which has resulted in an eight-game suspension from the league.
Despite the off-the-field issues, John Dorsey and the Cleveland Browns decided to give Hunt a second chance. He won’t be available for half of the season, but the team is hoping that he can come back strong and make an impact in the second half of the year.
ESPN shared their projections for the Browns’ running back and they are not expecting much at all from him.
In their projections for Hunt’s season, ESPN predicted that Hunt will carry the football just 59 times for 267 yards and two touchdowns. They also think he will catch 10 passes for 107 yards and no touchdowns. That kind of season is not going to make much of an impact.
Granted, missing half of a season would throw a wrench in any players year. It won’t be easy for him to come back at full strength and ready for game speed. Even with that issue, the numbers listed above are surprisingly low for a player with Hunt’s talent.
It will be interesting to see what the 2019 season in store for Hunt. Even if he doesn’t put up big numbers, he should be happy that he is on a roster and still playing.
Nick Chubb will be the opening week starter in the backfield for the Browns and barring an unforeseen turn of events, he will be their long-term starter. He had a huge rookie season and there is a ton of excitement surrounding him. As long as he is healthy and producing, Hunt is going to be stuck as the backup.
Expect to see Hunt come back looking to prove a point. Many people are doubting that he will make a big impact, but Freddie Kitchens and company have other plans.