Freddie Kitchens won’t rule out using Kareem Hunt and Nick Chubb together
When the Cleveland Browns signed running back Kareem Hunt during the offseason, some wondered if Hunt would ultimately take Nick Chubb’s starting job once he returned from his suspension.
Given that Chubb has been one of the Browns’ few bright spots through the first nine weeks of 2019, that probably won’t end up happening, but head coach Freddie Kitchens is toying with the idea of using both halfbacks together:
“I definitely think that both of their skill sets offer you plenty of opportunities to do a lot with those guys,” Kitchens said, according to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk. “They are both excellent runners, and they both catch the ball very well out of the backfield. They are good protectors. That makes them good all-around running backs.”
As for how Chubb might react to having his touches reduced? Kitchens thinks he will handle it just fine:
“I think Nick is about one thing and one thing only,” Kitchens said. “Winning. Nick gives us a great opportunity to win. I think we are adding another chip to the puzzle to increase those chances, too. I do not think either of those are very selfish at all so whatever gives us the best chance to win.”
Hunt spent the first two years of his NFL career with the Kansas City Chiefs, but was released by the Chiefs in November 2018 after a video surfaced of him assaulting a woman outside of a Cleveland hotel in February 2018.
The 24-year-old, who made the Pro Bowl during his rookie campaign, then signed with the Browns this offseason and was hit with an eight-game suspension for his domestic violence incident.