Kareem Hunt is setting the bar high for Cleveland in 2019.
The 24-year-old running back is confident the Browns’ offense can go toe-to-toe with Kansas City this season. That’s saying a lot considering the Chiefs led the NFL in scoring in 2018, averaging 35.3 points per game. This would be a significant jump for the Browns as they ranked 13th in points per game last season (22.4).
Hunt is very familiar with the Chiefs’ system, as he played for Kansas City the last two seasons before was released for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy. Despite his upcoming eight-game suspension, Hunt seems sure the Browns have what it takes to reach the top of the league in offensive production.
“I believe so, definitely,’’ Hunt told reporters Thursday. “We’ve just got a number of receivers, running back talent, a great quarterback, the same thing K.C. has, so there’s similarities. Yeah, definitely. It’s a lot of big pieces to this offense. It’s hard to really find or point out a weak spot on this team, offensively and defensively.”
The Chiefs have reigning MVP Patrick Mahomes under center, an elite tight end in Travis Kelce and speedy wideout Tyreek Hill. But Cleveland is no slouch and has assembled some top-tier talent of its own.
Browns second-year quarterback Baker Mayfield broke the rookie touchdown passing record in 2018, throwing for 27 in 13 starts. His production could rise in 2019 given the weapons he’ll have at his disposal.
The Browns surprisingly acquired star receiver Odell Beckham Jr. from the Giants in a trade over the offseason to pair with wideout Jarvis Landry and tight end David Njoku.
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The addition of Hunt makes their haul even more impressive.
Hunt scored 14 touchdowns in 11 games last season and was one of the league’s most dynamic dual-threat weapons out of the backfield before he was released. When he returns from suspension, he’ll split a workload with second-year running back Nick Chubb, who rushed for 992 yards and eight touchdowns as a rookie.
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“No drop-off,” Hunt said when addressing how he and Chubb will fit together. “He’s definitely a great running back, and I consider myself one, too.”
Hunt will likely get his first taste of action as a member of the Browns in their Saturday preseason game against the Colts.