Cleveland Browns: 4 early takeaways from opening days of OTAs
4. Kareem Hunt looks good
This week has been the first chance for Browns fans to see running back Kareem Hunt in action for their team. Sure, it’s no contact which makes it hard to get too excited about running backs, but the good news is he looked to be the player we all remember from his Kansas City Chiefs days. He was quick, decisive, and did very well in one-on-one passing drills.
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With Hunt, there’s always going to be the asterisk. He came to Cleveland on a second chance after being cut following the release of a video that showed him in a physical altercation with a female in a Cleveland hotel.
A trip to the Commissioner’s exempt list followed and he was without a team for the remainder of the 2018 season as an investigation by the league ensued.
After signing with the Browns, it was announced that he would be suspended for eight games. Considering there’s a six-game precedent for domestic violence suspensions, Hunt could have fought the league. However, he wisely took his punishment and began the work toward rebuilding his image.
We’ve seen him reach out to kids and implore them not to repeat his mistakes. He’s also been said to be doing everything asked of him by the coaching staff along the way.
As for on the field, there’s no question how good Hunt can be. He led the NFL in rushing yards as a rookie and was having a fantastic season in 2018 before his incident. Now, he’ll have to watch Nick Chubb run the offense for eight games but if Wednesday was any indication, he’s going to be hard to keep off the field once he is reinstated.