RB - CLE
RB Kareem Hunt "no question" wants to sign an extension with the Browns, per Scott Petrak of the The Chronicle-Telegram and Medina Gazette. "I would not mind playing for the Browns for a long time," said Hunt.
Hunt will play the 2020 campaign under the one-year tender for $3.2 million as he looks to ink an extension with the Browns in the near future. It was reported that he is cross-training with the Browns wide receivers and that he understands his role as an No 2 RB. Despite forming a 1-2 punch with Nick Chubb, he will have a key role in the Browns offense and plenty of standalone fantasy value. Hunt said "he talks to Nick Chubb a lot, definitely think they can thrive in Kevin Stefanski's wide zone scheme. Points to Dalvin Cook's success under Stefanski with Vikings." The The 24-year-old logged 43 carries for 179 yards and two TDs to go along with 37 catches for 285 yards and a receiving score in eight games with the Browns in 2019. Hunt is an elite handcuff to Chubb and currently 31st among all running backs in the latest expert consensus rankings.
Cleveland Browns WR coach Chad O’Shea told reporters on Wednesday that RB Kareem Hunt has been doing some cross-training with the wide receivers in their virtual meetings.
Hunt has established himself as one of the premier pass-catching backs in the NFL. The three-year pro spent 2019 with the Browns after being released by Kansas City after the 2018 season. In just eight games last season, Hunt caught 37 for 285 yards on 44 targets. His snap % hovered around 60% during those games working in tandem with Nick Chubb. Hunt is very appealing in PPR leagues as a high-upside RB2, and should anything happen to Chubb, he immediately enters into the RB1 conversation. He offers value as both a standalone asset and a handcuff, and thus should be drafted accordingly in the middle rounds of fantasy leagues.
Kareem Hunt understands his role as an No. 2 RB and is "ready to get out there and do whatever they ask' to help Browns win in 2020," per Nathan Zegura of ClevelandBrowns.com.
"They run a lot of two backs," Kareem Hunt said. "I see myself just coming in and being a 1-2 (punch). You know, Nick Chubb and I just coming in and taking over the game every week." Hunt is capable of being three-down back, but is fine being part of a 1-2 punch with RB Nick Chubb. The 24-year-old signed his second-round contract tender in April. He logged 43 carries for 179 yards and two TDs to go along with 37 catches for 285 yards and a receiving score in eight games with the Browns in 2019. Hunt is currently 31st among all running backs in the latest expert consensus rankings.
Browns RB Kareem Hunt has officially signed his 2nd-round tender and will return to Cleveland for the 2020 season.
After two seasons as the starter in Kansas City, Hunt came to Cleveland in 2019 and became a big-time weapon in the passing game, catching 37 balls for 285 yards and a TD in only eight games. Hunt is ranked #29 in FantasyPros consensus RB rankings, but in 1/2 or full PPR leagues he could be considered an RB2. Fellow backfield-mate Nick Chubb still holds top-10 value for fantasy owners in 2020.
Restricted free agent Kareem Hunt has been given a second-round tender by Cleveland, and will likely remain a Brown in 2020.
There’s a high probability that Hunt will remain with Cleveland given the second-round tender that was placed on him. They will get a free second round pick if somebody else should sign him, which could potentially happen, but it’s likely he comes back to Cleveland on a relatively cheap deal. Look for Hunt and fellow RB Nick Chubb to remain a very solid 1-2 punch for the Browns out of the backfield in 2020. Chubb is an RB1 while Hunt, with his pass-catching ability, is more than likely an RB2. Hunt could be the most valuable fantasy RB handcuff in the NFL this year.
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