Kareem Hunt is a hometown guy who got in some trouble and was bailed out by previous general manager John Dorsey. Hunt led the league in rushing yards as a rookie with the Kansas City Chiefs but then would see his career start to spiral down. After a shocking video led to an eight-game suspension in 2019, look for Hunt to be on a mission in 2020 for his next contract.
Hunt knows he won’t get a ton of carries this season with Chubb on the roster, but look for him to be utilized as the scatback catching a lot of balls out of the backfield and even lining up at wide receiver when needed. While there is no doubt Hunt could run the ball if necessary, the Browns will be in a fortunate position to utilize him elsewhere.
Hunt has shown thus far he is willing to be a team player and had multiple crucial blocks downfield to spring Chub for a long run in 2019. However, he will need to have a huge year and stay out of trouble to find a home next season. While he has been productive on the field, Hunt’s off-field concerns may be too much for some teams to sign long-term.
While 99 percent of the workload will be split between Chubb and Hunt, look for Dontrell Hilliard to be the final active running back. Since being signed by the Browns in 2018, Hilliard has appeared in 25 games with minimal touches. Look for Hilliard to be a contributor on special teams and only appear at running back with an injury. D’Ernest Johnson and rookie Brian Herrien will both be fighting for roster spots as well, likely the better performer on special teams will win out.