3. Kareem Hunt
After signing an extension before the season started, Kareem Hunt showed his worth in the season opener. Hunt was arguably the best player on offense, as the run game looked really good at the beginning of the game. If the defense was able to limit how often the Ravens scored, the Browns really could’ve controlled the game with their running attack.
Hunt carried the football 13 times for 72 yards in week one, also getting six targets, catching four of them for nine yards. He was really given a large role in the offense this past week, which was kind of surprising considering the other weapons that the Browns had available.
The most underrated part of a running back’s game is his pass protection. Hunt looked really good in pass protection throughout the whole game, which was really surprising. It seemed like this Ravens defense was going to be able to get after Baker early and often, but that really wasn’t the case. Hunt did a great job keeping Baker clean and picking up blitzes, and it’s going to be exciting to watch him continue to play this well throughout the season.
If the Browns can continue to get this type of play out of Kareem Hunt for the duration of his contract, then they will have gotten him at a pretty nice bargain.