Cleveland Browns Key Player No. 3: Running Back Kareem Hunt
The Browns running game has to have a bigger role than it did two weeks ago when they were beaten by the Ravens. Kareem Hunt and Nick Chubb only were handed the ball 15 times in a game that was 16-10 and never out of hand for the team to come back. There has been chatter this week that the Browns have looked at playing Hunt and Chubb more together on the field at the same time, which would be a nice wrinkle that could help the offense find a spark.
Why these two running backs haven’t been worked into the game plan more before now is baffling. Hunt’s pass-catching talents along with Chubb’s bulldozing running and planting defenders in the ground is a winning formula. If it’s not, so be it, but at least try more plays with these two powerful running backs to help your offense.
Hunt’s been sidelined for part of the season due to injury, but the energy he can bring back to the team now can be good for a team seeking identity on offense. This season he sits at 381 rushing yards and 161 yards receiving, a bit off from last year but he’s only played in seven games thus far.
Last season he had five touchdowns via the pass catch. Several of those were little screen passes that Hunt took for six with his extra efforts. Two weeks ago, against the Ravens Hunt didn’t even get a pass thrown his way and only had seven carries on the ground.
Hunt has to get the football more on Sunday. If that doesn’t happen, then the Browns coaching staff hasn’t learned much over the bye.