Here are 3 goals for Kareem Hunt for the Cleveland Browns in 2020
In the upcoming season, the Cleveland Browns should have quite the duo at running back with Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt. Chubb established himself as arguably the league's best running back in 2019, even with sub-par offensive line play at times, too.
Chubb was second in the NFL in rushing in 2019, and he clearly is a home run hitter. Next season, though, one would figure Kareem Hunt to have more of an impact. Hunt was suspended for eight games in 2019, in relation to a video of him pushing and kicking a woman.
That's not something that the league took lightly, and they absolutely should not have. The severity of that suspension should've been how they responded, and that awful incident was not okay.
On the bright side, Hunt does seem to have learned from that incident, and hopefully, a strong locker room around him makes sure he is staying right mentally and aiding him in his growth off the football field.
Hunt seems better from a character stand point and while one was right to perhaps be skeptical, he seems to be moving in the right direction.
Moving forward, next season, he should shine in year two with the Browns. Hunt did again only appear in eight games for the Brown and Orange in 2019, but there were glimpses of his big-time ability at times down the stretch of the season.
Here, we'll stress three goals for Hunt to aim for in 2020 with the Cleveland Browns.
The first of these three goals has to do with both the rushing and pass-catching element for Hunt in his second season in Cleveland.
Goal No. 1 for Hunt: Have 1,000 all-purpose yards for the Cleveland Browns
Kareem Hunt is such a talented back, and that's evident. In 2017 as a rookie, he led the NFL in rushing with the Kansas City Chiefs with 1,327 yards, and he had 4.9 yards per carry.
Hunt always finishes runs with authority and can generate his share of yards after contact. That's both on the inside and on the perimeter.
That said, Chubb is again going to get the bulk of all the carries and rightfully so for the Browns. Albeit, the bigger focus for Hunt in 2020 will likely be his pass catching. Hunt runs very crisp routes for a running back, and should be a really high-quality target out of the backfield for Baker Mayfield.
Now, Baker Mayfield's key pass catching targets of Odell Beckham Jr., Jarvis Landry, Austin Hooper, and David Njoku will get theirs, and Browns fans know that. Hunt did have 37 receptions for 285 yards in 2019, though, and with him more in the fold, he should have plenty of opportunities as a pass catcher throughout contests in mismatch situations.
That's in relation to the red zone and on third down, in particular. So combining for 1,000 yards for Hunt is clearly the first goal, and that does seem to be attainable, due to a better offensive line with Jack Conklin and Jedrick Wills Jr. at the starting tackles.
Even with Cleveland's other playmakers, with Hunt's versatility, he's capable of hitting this goal. Hunt had 1,202 yards all-purpose in 2018 with the Chiefs, too, in only 11 games active.
The second goal for Hunt relates to scoring.
Goal No. 2 for Hunt: Score five touchdowns for the Cleveland Browns
The second goal for Hunt is to score five touchdowns. Now, the Browns again have Odell Beckham, Jarvis Landry, Austin Hooper, David Njoku, and Nick Chubb as key options.
Those players will get their share of scoring opportunities, and Chubb is arguably the NFL's best running back going into 2020 that will excel in head coach Kevin Stefanski's "zone running scheme," of which DPD's Justice Sunderland hit on.
Even factoring in those options, though, Hunt getting five touchdowns would be great to see and seems feasible. He again should have his chances in the red zone singled up on linebackers, and also, Hunt is highly capable of busting big runs, too.
Considering his run and pass impact, but with the other weapons, this second goal of five touchdowns again seems reasonable for Hunt. He had 25 touchdowns combined in two seasons in Kansas City, and three with Cleveland last season.
He will be a complementary piece/option for the Cleveland Browns, too. However, with Hunt's talent level and likely not drawing the majority of attention from defenses in the red zone often, he could still very well make a significant impact by having five touchdowns, which he's capable of doing in 2020.
Lastly, the third goal for Hunt has to do with his efficiency when his number is called.
Goal No. 3 for Hunt: Average 6.5 yards per touch for the Cleveland Browns
The third goal for Kareem Hunt during the 2020 season is to see him averaging 6.5 yards per touch. Hunt's career average in this category is 5.6 yards per touch, for context, according to Pro Football Reference.
So along those lines, and with him operating as the second back, him averaging 0.9 yards more per touch doesn't seem outrageous. It may be a tad lofty, but with Hunt realistically having a higher share of passing game touches than Nick Chubb, it seems attainable. He's generally going to be the third-down back so those passes thrown his way should help to increase that average.
More importantly, this would also show that Hunt is taking full advantage of the room generated by the Cleveland Browns' other weapons around him.
Hunt should again benefit in a sizable way from the attention Odell Beckham, Jarvis Landry, and feasibly Chubb in some instances on the field together will draw.
From there, with Hunt's speed, quickness, power, and elusiveness, him averaging what would be a career-high in yards per touch, albeit on a smaller volume, doesn't seem far-fetched.
That's if he can stay healthy this upcoming season for rookie head coach Kevin Stefanski and company.
It could end up signaling the end as Hunt hitting all these goals will surely lead to someone offering a huge contract but that's a risk this staff should be willing to take.