Kareem Hunt named Chiefs starting running back
- Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid has announced to reporters that rookie Kareem Hunt will be the teams’ starting running back of the moving forward. This comes after projected starter Spencer Ware is said to have suffered damage to his LCL and PCL in the third preseason game.
- Hunt has played 43 snaps this preseason and has 79 yards on 18 carries. 64 of those yards have come after contact which averages out to 3.6 yards after contact per attempt. That figure ranks fifth among all rookie running backs this preseason.
- In his senior year at Toledo, Hunt’s PFF grade of 95.1 was the highest among all running backs in 2016, and the second highest grade for a running back in the first three years PFF tracked college football. Hunt also fared very well catching passes from the backfield, as his receiving grade of 89.0 was third among running backs in the 2017 draft.
- One major attribute of Hunt’s game is his ability to make defenders miss. On 302 total touches, Hunt forced a total of 98 missed tackles giving him an elusive rating of 112.1. That figure was third among draft eligible running backs. Through his first two preseason games, Hunt had an elusive rating of 141.0 as he forced five missed tackles on 13 total touches.