RB Kareem Hunt - Cleveland Browns
|5-10, 216||Born: 8-6-1995||College: Toledo||Drafted: Round 3, pick 2017|
Week 21: bye week
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs RB 1, RB 12, RB 24, RB 36
Kareem Hunt's percentile rank in each category, among RB with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2019 Week 17 vs CIN (3 / 4 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 32 / 0 rec)
Hunt did most of his damage in the passing attack, gaining just four yards on three carries. His first target fell incomplete when Baker Mayfield attempted a short dump-off but Hunt hadn't gotten his head around to see the ball. The pass came close to getting intercepted. In the second quarter, Hunt ripped off a 10-yard reception on third-and-five and then tacked on a five yard run. He wasn't seen much again until the fourth quarter where he grabbed an 11-yard pass. He also saw a red zone carry from the Cincinnati 16-yard line on that same drive but he slipped at the line of scrimmage, resulting in no gain. His final catch was an 11-yard pickup where he fought for some extra yardage before going down. Hunt is a restricted free agent this offseason so it remains to be seen whether he returns to Cleveland in 2020.
2019 Week 16 vs BAL (3 / 0 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 33 / 0 rec)
Hunt struggled to get much going on the ground but made an impact in the passing attack. He also absorbed several big hits from the Baltimore defense on the afternoon. His first touch was a two-yard carry where he took a big hit. On the third drive of the game, he had an eight-yard catch on third-and-nine. He leapt in the air to try to split two defenders and was hit in the air, spinning him around before he fell to the ground one-yard short of the first down. It was a great effort by Hunt to try for the first. In the second quarter he gained six yards on a run to the left and picked up a six-yard reception where he was hit hard yet again. On the following possession, he lost eight yards on a run where he was holding the ball dangerously in the air with one hand. He was lucky not to have fumbled on that play. In the third quarter, Hunt made a leaping grab for a seven-yard gain on third-and-six for a first down. His final touch was an impressive sideline catch for a 12-yard gain in the fourth quarter.
2019 Week 15 vs ARI (4 / 14 / 0 rush, 9 / 8 / 62 / 0 rec)
Hunt didn't do much on the ground but he finished second on the team in receiving. He caught two passes for a total of 16 yards on the team's first drive of the game. In the third quarter, Hunt added another catch, this time a four-yard gain that gave the team a first down on third-and-four. It appeared he was going to get stopped just short of the first down marker but an excellent second effort out of Hunt got his team a new set of downs. On the following drive, Hunt added a two-yard catch on a quick pass to the left. He finished up the third quarter with a seven-yard reception to the right side. Hunt saw plenty of snaps in the fourth quarter with the offense shifting into comeback mode. Hunt had a nine-yard catch on the final drive and appeared to have another nine-yard gain shortly after, but the second catch was nullified by an offensive holding penalty. His last two catches came on the team's final drive. The first was a 16-yard gain up the middle where he broke a tackle to gain some extra yardage. His final touch went for an eight-yard gain for the team. Cleveland continues to find creative ways to utilize Hunt in the passing game, an area where he is clearly thriving.
2019 Week 14 vs CIN (9 / 28 / 1 rush, 3 / 2 / 40 / 0 rec)
Hunt continues carve out a role as a breather back for Nick Chubb and as Cleveland's No. 3 option in the passing game behind Jarvis Landry and Odell Beckham, Jr. Hunt ripped off a few long gains in the Week 14 win. On his second touch of the game, Hunt caught a short screen and galloped down the left sideline for a 29-yard pickup. He broke a tackle and carried another Cincinnati defender along the way. He was credited with a target in the red zone at the end of that drive but it was more of a throw-away out of bounds by Baker Mayfield. Hunt found the end zone to cap off Cleveland's first drive of the third quarter. From the Cincinnati three-yard line, he bounced his run outside to the left and raced into the end zone untouched. On the following drive, Hunt pulled in an 11-yard reception on a nice grab.
2019 Week 13 vs PIT (7 / 46 / 0 rush, 5 / 5 / 19 / 1 rec)
Hunt has established himself as the team's de facto No. 3 receiver thanks to his slick pass catching. The Steelers, however, were ready for him this time, often waiting to meet him as soon as he pulled in the reception. Hunt did almost all of his damage in the first half of the game as he had just two touches in the second half. His first touch of the game was a seven-yard carry up the middle. He followed that up with a one-yard catch where he was hit immediately. On the second drive, he had carries go for two and four yards before losing two yards on a shovel pass. Hunt found the end zone on the third drive of the game. Hunt took a short pass, broke two tackles, and crossed the goal line for a 15-yard score. His tackle-breaking was impressive on the score as one Steeler defender simply bounced off of him. On the final drive of the half, Hunt had a nice run up the middle for a 16-yard gain and followed that up with another 16-yard gain, this time to the right. Hunt's lone touches in the second half came in the fourth quarter. He had a reception for no gain on the fourth drive of the half and then a five-yard reception on the final drive of the game.
2019 Week 12 vs MIA (8 / 37 / 1 rush, 3 / 2 / 9 / 0 rec)
Hunt continued to operate in a complimentary role alongside Nick Chubb. He wasn't used much in the passing game because Cleveland got out to a big lead but he did score his first touchdown as a Brown. His first carry was a five-yard run. On that same drive he saw a red zone target from the Miami 18-yard line but he dropped the pass. In the second quarter he caught a six-yard pass and on the next drive he found the end zone on a six-yard run. He bounced the run outside and got a nice lead block to find his way across the goal line. He was mostly quiet in the second half with the Browns nursing a big lead.
2019 Week 11 vs PIT (6 / 12 / 0 rush, 8 / 6 / 46 / 0 rec)
Hunt's first touch was an impressive leaping reception where he jumped up and reached over a defender for a 20-yard catch. He followed that with another impressive reception on third-and-11. He caught a short pass, broke a tackle, and dragged a defender for a first down. The Browns then lined him up as a wide receiver and he caught a three-yard pass. He was quiet in the second quarter. In the third, however, Hunt was busy. He saw a carry, which went for a two-yard gain. He and Nick Chubb then were both lined up in the backfield and Hunt had a five-yard carry from that formation. He followed that with an excellent route out of the backfield, catching an 11-yard pass in the process on a third-and-five. He converted another first down on second-and-four with a five-yard run. In the fourth quarter, Hunt lost two yards on his first carry as he was met in the backfield. He then caught his final pass, which went for a loss of one. He saw two final rushes on the team's final offensive possession as they attempted to kill the clock.
2019 Week 10 vs BUF (4 / 30 / 0 rush, 9 / 7 / 44 / 0 rec)
It was apparent that Hunt had fresh legs after sitting out of the first eight games of the season. He looked explosive and difficult to bring down in the open field. The Browns were creative in their use of Hunt and made it a point to scheme the ball to him, especially in the passing game. Hunt often lined up in a two-running back set alongside Nick Chubb and even served as Chubb's lead blocker on a few plays. He also lined up split out wide and in the slot on several plays where the Browns were able to take advantage of his pass-catching skills. His first catch came on a play where he lined up wide right and took a short screen for seven yards. He added a two-yard reception on the second drive and a three-yard catch out of the slot on the third drive. In the second quarter, Hunt got a red zone touch from the Buffalo 12-yard line, taking it nine yards down to the three-yard line. On his final touch of the first half, Hunt dragged a defender for nine yards on a carry and followed that up with an eight-yard carry to end the half. In the third quarter, Hunt came out of motion in the backfield and took a short swing pass for a 19-yard gain. On the final drive, Hunt was leaned upon heavily as he tacked on a one-yard, three-yard, and nine-yard reception. It doesn't look like Hunt is going to take many of Nick Chubb's carries but he can be a PPR asset in fantasy if the Browns keep featuring him as a pass catcher.
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