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Author: Jon Kuzma
When you think about Kareem Hunt’s style of play the thing that comes to mind is his power. Hunt has been a downhill runner ever since his junior and senior years at Willoughby High School (Ohio) when he rushed for 43 touchdowns. That power was on display again at the University of Toledo when he tied an NCAA record (Barry Sanders) by rushing for 271 yards and 5 touchdowns in the GoDaddy Bowl. Hunt would go on to win MVP of that event and eventually that caught the attention of Andy Reid. From there Hunt led the National Football League in rushing yards (1,327) so there’s no doubts about his ability to pound the rock. However what’s really surprising is Hunt is becoming so good at catching the ball out of the backfield. He recorded 455 receiving yards and 3 touchdowns as a rookie. Then he came back strong this season with 312 yards and 6 touchdowns. There’s still seven games left in the season and Hunt already has more touchdowns than Le’Veon Bell had a year ago. Who is also a power runner who can make plays on wheel routes, checkdowns, and swing passes. Proving that we need to stop overlooking Hunt as a dual-threat player. By not giving him his proper dues we’re essentially limiting him to just a ball carrier. It’s not like Hunt has always been this type of player either. He only caught 1 touchdown during his four years in college but when you become a pro you have to find different ways to provide value to your employer. Being in Andy Reid’s system definitely helped but Hunt worked hard to develop himself into a much more versatile football player. Between Patrick Mahomes and Hunt Kansas City has some of the best offensive weapons in the league. Which obviously bodes well for their future.
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Dual-threat running backs. Why we shouldn’t overlook Kareem Hunt.