RB Kareem Hunt - Kansas City Chiefs
|5-10, 216||Born: 8-6-1995||College: Toledo||Drafted: Round 3|
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Recent Game Summaries
2017 Week 18 vs TEN (11 / 42 / 1 rush, 3 / 3 / 5 / 0 rec)
Kareem Hunt rushed 11 times for 42 yards and a touchdown, while also catching three passes for five yards. Hunt was effective in the first half, scoring on a one yard touchdown plunge for the game's first points, but was quickly phased out of the game plan by Andy Reid. Stop if you have heard this one before, but Reid and the Chiefs coaches should shoulder much of the blame for the loss to the Titans. While the Chiefs came out with a solid attack, predicated on attacking the edge of the Titans secondary, they also went away from that strategy once they were up 21-3. Hunt only managed to rush for 17 yards after halftime, and this was a big reason why the Chiefs lost the battle of field position, and allowed the Titans to score 19 unanswered points in the second half. Had the Chiefs just stuck to giving Hunt the ball, they would have surely been able to grind out at least a second half field goal, which would have been the difference between winning and losing this playoff game. As the NFL's leading rusher, Hunt at least deserved the chance to put the Chiefs on his back after Travis Kelce was injured, however Reid did not give him that chance.
2017 Week 17 vs DEN (1 / 35 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Hunt had a 35-yard touchdown on his one carry, which was good enough to win the rushing title.
2017 Week 16 vs MIA (29 / 91 / 1 rush, 4 / 4 / 15 / 0 rec)
Kareem Hunt rushed 29 times for 91 yards and a touchdown while also catching all four of his targets for 13 yards. Hunt went through a tough stretch in the middle of the season, most likely hitting the rookie wall in weeks nine, 11, 12 and 13. He has recovered nicely in the last three weeks and it is mainly due to the volume that the Chiefs have given him. In weeks nine through 13, Hunt totaled 47 touches for 157 yards and no touchdowns in four games. In his last three games, Hunt has totaled 78 carries for 362 yards and three touchdowns. It is no surprise that the Chiefs have won the last three games, so you don't have to be an NFL head coach to see the correlation between the Chiefs establishing the run and their ability to win games. Hunt's long gain of the day came on an option play where Smith lined up in the shotgun and then took off running to the right side of the formation. Smith drew in the defenders perfectly and then pitched the ball to Hunt who got around the edge, broke a tackle and took the ball all the way down to the three yard line for a 24 yard gain. Hunt was then given two more carries, the first going for two yards, and the next one for an easy one yard touchdown where Hunt hopped through the formation and crossed the goal line.
2017 Week 15 vs LAC (24 / 155 / 1 rush, 9 / 7 / 51 / 1 rec)
Kareem Hunt rushed 24 times for 155 yards and a touchdown, while also catching seven passes for 51 yards and a touchdown. Hunt's 206 total yards were the most he's gained since his week three game against, you guessed it, the Chargers (183 yards from scrimmage). Hunt's longest play of the game went for 23 yards, so unlike the first four weeks of this season, he didn't' do most of his damage through long gains. Instead, the Kansas City offensive line did a great job of beat the Chargers defensive line at the line of scrimmage, and Hunt did the rest. He made several nice one-cut and go runs, where he recognized a hole and hit it hard, getting to the second level of the Chargers defense and forcing several defenders to bring him down. The Chiefs coaches also did a great job of confusing the Chargers by sending players in motion, as well as using play-action to keep the defense off balance. On one such play, Alex Smith took the snap in shotgun formation and the entire Chiefs offensive line set up their blocks while shading to the right side of the formation. With Hunt floating through the line it looked as though it would be a screen play to Hunt the entire way. Instead, Hunt broke his route off and ran directly to the left sideline allowing Smith to hit him in stride, which set up a 21 yard first down. When the Chiefs can spread opposing defenses out and get their playmakers in space, they are as dangerous an offensive team as there is in the league.
2017 Week 14 vs OAK (25 / 116 / 1 rush, 3 / 3 / 22 / 0 rec)
Kareem Hunt rushed 25 times for 116 yards and one touchdown, while also catching three of five targets for 22 yards. This was Hunt's most rushing yards and yards from scrimmage since week three against the Chargers. Hunt also scored for the first time since week three, after going nine straight games without a touchdown. The biggest difference in this game was the Chiefs ability to pass the ball down the field, which forced the Raiders to drop back men in coverage. Hunt has been facing stacked fronts for most of this season, and the Chiefs opponents have keyed in on him and forced the offense to beat them through the air, something that Alex Smith has not been able to do. Hunt's biggest weapon is his vision and ability to create angles once he gets to the second level of the defense. The Chiefs offensive line did a good job of beating the Oakland defense at the line of scrimmage and Hunt just continued to churn out yards. His longest run of the game went for 17 yards on an off-tackle right where Hunt leapfrogged a defender and then proceeded to gain 11 more yards on the play. Hunt's 25 carries in this game was his second most of the season, and the Chiefs will need to continue to give him this type of volume if they want to beat the Chargers next week and win their division.
2017 Week 13 vs NYJ (9 / 40 / 0 rush, 5 / 3 / 23 / 0 rec)
Kareem Hunt rushed nine times for 40 yards, while also catching three of five targets for 23 yards. Despite the fact that the Chiefs scored two quick touchdowns in the first quarter, the game script was not one where he was able to get involved. The Jets caught up to the Chiefs quickly in the first half and then came out firing in the second half, forcing Kansas City to abandon the run and match them touchdown for touchdown in the passing game. It is easy to look at his stat-line and say he didn’t have an impact, but that would be foolish. Even with limited touches he was someone the Jets had to account for. Three of Alex Smith’s four touchdown passes came on play action fakes to Hunt, and allowed Hill and Kelce to beat their defenders deep down the field in one on one coverage. Hunt’s touchdown drought is now at nine straight games, which seems nearly impossible after he scored six touchdowns in his first four games as a pro. The Chiefs are still in the playoff hunt after losing six of their last seven games, and will a solid rushing attack to fend off the Chargers (6-6) and Raiders (6-6) as the season progresses into its colder parts. Hunt is still the Chiefs best option at running back, but his volume is way down, something that is not uncommon for rookies as they hit games 10-14. He will look to bounce back against a Raiders team that was responsible for his last 100+ yard game from scrimmage.
2017 Week 12 vs BUF (11 / 17 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)
Kareem Hunt rushed 11 times for 17 yards while catching one pass for nine yards against the Bills. Hunt was continuously stopped at the line of scrimmage and only once broke through to the second level of the defense. That run went for nine yards and was his long carry of the day, with his other ten carries resulting in only eight yards. There is no doubt that defenses are starting to put more men in the box which, has bottled up Hunt and kept him without a touchdown in six straight games. The Chiefs offensive line has battled injuries which has had a direct effect on Hunt's ability to create big plays, something that the Chiefs depended on during their hot start to the season. Hunt has stated that he needs to be more patient and let the play develop in front of him. While there are several reasons why Hunt has not been the same player he was in the first half of the season, much of that has to do with defenses putting more men in the box and challenging Alex Smith to beat them with his arm, which he has not been able to do. The Bills came into the game ranked 26th in rushing yards allowed, so this was supposed to be a matchup that would get Hunt back on track. Now fantasy owners have to wonder whether starting Hunt is optimal, a question that would have seemed ludicrous through the first five games of the season when he was one of the top fantasy running backs.
2017 Week 11 vs NYG (18 / 73 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 4 / 0 rec)
Kareem Hunt rushed 18 times for 73 yards, while also catching three passes for four yards. His stats against the Giants are a far cry from the numbers he was putting up in the first half of the season, where he was equally dangerous in both the running and the passing game. Has he hit the rookie wall, or do opposing teams just have enough tape on him now and understand how to limit his effectiveness? It is a good question, and one that is not necessarily easy to answer, because the Chiefs have lightened his workload over the last five games, but not enough to the point where you would expect his average yards per game to drop from 155 to 86.6. The one thing missing over the last five games has been Hunt's ability to generate big plays, as his two longest gains from scrimmage were 34 and 37 yards over that span. In his first five games, he had four plays of 53+ yards, with three of them going for touchdowns (53, 69 and 78). Of Hunt's 21 touches, 13 of them went for three yards or less, and that is credit to the Giants defensive front who stopped him from reaching the second level where Hunt is most dangerous. Hunt didn't play poorly, it was more of a case of giving what the defense took him and nothing more. If Alex Smith is the driver of the Chiefs offense, Hunt is most certainly the engine.
2017 Week 9 vs DAL (9 / 37 / 0 rush, 5 / 4 / 24 / 0 rec)
Kareem Hunt rushed nine times for 37 yards and caught four of five targets for 24 yards. After scoring six touchdowns in the first three games of his career, Hunt has not be able to find pay dirt in his last six games. Hunt had eclipsed 100+ total yards in first seven games, but has only totaled 129 yards in his last two games. Hunt's lack of touches (13 compared to 21.75 on average in his first eight games) can be attributed to a games script that favored the Cowboys. The Chiefs were forced to play from behind, and despite only trailing by two scores for most of the game, they abandoned the run because Hunt had been ineffective, gaining less than three yards on six of his nine carries. Hunt's ability to gain big plays has been predicated on him reaching the second level of opposing defenses, something that the Cowboys did a great job of containing in this game. While it is not yet time to panic, it is clear that the Chiefs are trying to keep Hunt from hitting the "rookie wall", especially in games where the outcome is in doubt.
2017 Week 8 vs DEN (22 / 46 / 0 rush, 5 / 3 / 22 / 0 rec)
Kareem Hunt was held to only 46 yards on 22 carries, while also catching three of five targets for 22 yards. The Broncos defense is always going to be a tough matchup for opposing running backs, but you have to wonder whether Hunt is starting to hit the rookie wall due to the insane volume of touches he's seen in the first eight games (146 carries, 28 receptions on 32 targets). 19 of Hunt's 22 carries went for three yards or less. Hunt was unable to get to the second level of the Broncos defense, which is where he has done his most damage this season. While it was a tough day for Hunt, it was obvious that the Broncos linebackers were paying him a lot of attention which enabled Travis Kelce to kill the Broncos in the middle of the field. This is where the balance of the Chiefs offense comes into play, as there hasn't been a game this season where either Hunt, Kelce or Tyreek Hill haven't gained over 100 yards from scrimmage.
2017 Week 7 vs OAK (18 / 87 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 30 / 0 rec)
Hunt got the Chiefs offense on track with three runs for their first first down. The Raiders only let him get one yard on his next two carries and the drive stalled out for a field goal. Hunt got right during the second drive with a long run to get the team on the Raiders side of the field and then a run into the red zone to set up the first touchdown. Hunt ran strong in the second half, but didn't break free for any long gains.
2017 Week 6 vs PIT (9 / 21 / 0 rush, 6 / 5 / 89 / 0 rec)
Kareem Hunt saw his lowest rushing total of the year, gaining 21 yards on nine carries against the Steelers. He was much more effective in the passing game, catching five passes for 89 yards on seven targets. Hunt has been excellent this season, due in large part to his ability to get to the second level and use his quickness and vision to create angles where the opposing secondary cannot get to him. Hunt was unable to get to the second level in the run game, as the Pittsburgh defensive line proved to be too much for the Chiefs offensive line. In the passing game though, Hunt was able to catch the ball in space and gain yards after the catch. Hunt recorded catches of 19, 29 and 37 yards.
2017 Week 5 vs HOU (29 / 107 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 9 / 0 rec)
Kareem Hunt continued the hot start to his rookie season by running for 107 yards on 29 carries, while also catching three passes for 9 yards on five targets. The Texans did a good job of not allowing Hunt to break the big plays that have largely defined his rookie season thus far. He was held to a long gain of 23 yards, but that didn't stop him from have a large effect on the game. In a shootout that totaled 76 points, Hunt's ability to handle a big workload and continue to move the chains proved extremely important for the Chiefs offense. As long as the Texans had to worry about Hunt being fed the ball repeatedly, they couldn't drop as many men into coverage as they would have liked. This was proven even more difficult after JJ Watt left the game due to a serious injury. The Chiefs balanced their running and passing perfectly, keeping the secondary off balance with early down throws, while trusting Hunt to hold onto the ball and giving him a huge workload.
2017 Week 4 vs WAS (21 / 101 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 20 / 0 rec)
In what was a very tight game throughout, Kareem Hunt set the tone for the Chiefs offense, rushing 21 times for 101 yards, while also catching four of five targets for 20 yards. It was the first game that Hunt failed to make a play of 50+ yards, but the fact that he had shown the ability to make such explosive plays went a long way in softening up the Washington secondary for Alex Smith and his receivers. Hunt's long gain of the night went for 17 yards, but he was very close to breaking it for a 60+ yard touchdown as he was tackled by the last two defenders in the Washington secondary. Hunt took the handoff from Smith five yards in the backfield and hit the hole with a head of steam. In the first eight yards that he gained, Hunt changed his angle of attack four different times. He did a quick jump cut to the right behind the line of scrimmage, and then cut hard to his right again as he broke through his blockers. Seeing that a Washington defender had a poor angle funneling him to the middle of the field, Hunt cut hard again left back to the middle of the field. The Redskins defender just barely managed to wrap a leg around Hunt as he barreled past him. This slowed Hunt down slightly, but he still delivered a big blow to the last defender in the Washington secondary, and managed to spin off the man and gain another two yards before going down. If you only watched one play in order to get a feel for Hunt's skillset, this would be the one to watch, as his incredible vision and ability to cut laterally quickly and with such force makes him a terror when he gets to the second level of the opposing defense. While he is not the biggest or the fastest running back in the NFL, his ability to run hard while simultaneously cutting hard in either direction makes him capable of breaking off big plays any time he touches the ball.
2017 Week 3 vs LAC (17 / 172 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 11 / 0 rec)
For the third consecutive game, Kareem Hunt was the standout player on the field. Hunt rushed for 172 yards on 17 carries, including a 69 yard touchdown run. That run marked the fourth 50+ yard play for Hunt through three games. Hunt may not be the fastest running back, but he is so decisive when he hits the hole, that he is able to get to the second level of defenses with ease. From there, Hunt has great vision and is able to create angles where he can outrun the opposing secondary. He did this beautifully on his 69 yard touchdown. Alex Smith gave him a handoff that was a simple inside run to the right, but Hunt saw how empty the left side of the field was. He hit the hole and immediately cut back to the left and was able to take the perfect angle and beat the entire secondary down the field for a touchdown.
2017 Week 2 vs PHI (13 / 81 / 2 rush, 3 / 3 / 28 / 0 rec)
Kareem Hunt continued his dominant play, rushing 13 times for 81 yards and two touchdowns, while also adding three receptions for 28 yards. Hunt has been a big part of Kansas City's success this season due to the fact that he has been able to break the big plays that eluded this offense in Jamaal Charles absence. He had two touchdowns of 50+ yards in the first game of the season, and added another against the Eagles in week two. Operating out of the shotgun formation, Hunt took a slightly delated handoff from Alex Smith, burst through the line of scrimmage and immediately took a sharp angle up the left sideline. The fact that Hunt was only nipped once on the heels throughout the run, speaks to the holes that the Kansas City offensive line opened up for him, but it also showcased Hunt's explosiveness. This is especially true when he gets to the second level of defenses. He is not a one trick pony though, as Hunt showed off some serious power and balance on his two yard touchdown run in the 3rd quarter. Hunt took the handoff out of the shotgun formation and hit a wall at the line of scrimmage. He was able to keep his legs moving, turn his back and will himself just across the goal line for a touchdown. It was the type of play that will ensure he continues to see goal line carries.
2017 Week 1 vs NE (17 / 148 / 1 rush, 5 / 5 / 98 / 2 rec)
Spencer Ware's injury may have been a blessing in disguise for the Chiefs, as Ware's plodding nature was replaced by Kareem Hunt's bruising running style that was able to wear down the Patriots defense. After fumbling on the first run of his career, Hunt rebounded to rush 17 times for 148 yards and a touchdown, while also catching five passes for 98 yards and two touchdowns. Hunt did not look the part of a rookie, wasting no motion behind the line of scrimmage and routinely getting downhill and attacking the second level of Patriots defenders. His offensive line did a great job neutralizing the Patriots defensive line, and then Hunt made the secondary pay time after time. Considering the fact that Hunt was able to break off a 58 yard run, and a 78 yard touchdown catch, the Chiefs would be wise to get him the ball as much as possible in the coming weeks.
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