Kareem Hunt’s Boom Ability

 

 

 

We often talk of rookie players in the National Football League as having “Boom or Bust” abilities. The Kansas City Chiefs traded up in the third round of this year’s draft to take a running back in small school Kareem Hunt out of Toledo so many fans were immediately wondering about his boom-or-bust-ness… if you will. Since Hunt has already shown he can play with the big boys after three solid preseason outings, it’s time to talk about Kareem Hunt’s boom ability.

 

First of all, running back coach Eric Bieniemy said this group of running backs was likely his best group and that was two weeks ago prior to the time Spencer Ware was injured:

 

 

 

 

Having the respect of your running back coach is critical for a rookie coming in and wanting to contribute. There are aspects to Kareem Hunt’s game that stand out. It’s his elusiveness, vision, touch to bring down, and his receiver-like hands. Let’s take those one art a time.

 

Hunt’s Elusiveness

 

Pro Football Focus has a rating system for elusiveness. They define it as: a runners success beyond of being helped by his blockers. When watching tape on Kareem Hunt in the spring, I noticed his ability to actually sit down low in the hole that was created by his line, then make a move using his powerful thighs. While it somewhat reminded me of Barry Sanders (and I don’t think Kareem Hunt is in his category at all), I don’t believe we’ve seen Hunt display his ability and patience to… sit down in the hole and wait top make up his mind which way he’s going… yet.

 

 

 

 

Kareem Hunt’s Vision

I watched the play of Kareem Hunt making the wrong decision on “one” play in the Seattle game several times over… and I believe that Hunt saw a defender, a defensive lineman, in that hole leaning that way… so he went into the pile where he often finds a way to wiggle through… but not this time. People are making way to much of that one play. He’s obviously had many other plays that show he does have good vision… which I think he has… and I also think is one of the main reasons JARD moved up and drafted him. There are many other examples of Hunt making the right call about where to head in a hole. Here, Seth Keysor shares a good example of Kareem Hunt’s vision:

 

 

 

 

No one should confuse what I’m saying about Kareem Hunt because I don’t think he’s a perfect running back at all. For instance, he lacks any of the speed that Jamaal Charles had (or any of the other backs that the Chiefs have right now) so he’ll never be confused with a “breakaway runner.” However, there’s more to running a football than speed and we have seen many a running back come and go in NFL who had great speed but none of the other critical qualities needed to become an excellent back. It’s all those other qualities that I believe Kareem Hunt does have… to ONE DAY… become a star in this league.

 

Being Tough to Bring Down

While Kareem Hunt is not a huge running back with the ability to steamroll defenders, ala Christian Okoye, he does possess great leverage and an understanding of how to lower his pads at the moment of impact, remaining in the downhill position, and then picking up yards after contact. Hunt also twists, as opposed to spinning, when he makes contact, a skill that is undervalued by everyone except running backs. Ask them and I’m sure they will confirm. Hunt also turns around backwards to use his thigh muscles, like he’s lifting a car bumper, at the end of runs. You use a completely different set of muscles and the leverage is batter as well. No, I’m not suggesting that RBs start running backwards… there would never be any break away running backs in that world. However, I have often wondered why they down measure the 20-yards dash running backwards at the NFL Combine, especially for defensive backs.

 

 

 

 

There were at least five defenders who had their hands on Kareem Hunt on that play. That not only shows you a running back who is tough to bring down, but one who is tough, period. Which is a little deceiving on his part because to look at him, he has a little bit of that pretty-boy look about him. But, he’s shown us that he is one tough cookie when it comes to bring him down.

 

 

Hunt Has Receiver-Like Hands

At Toledo, Kareem Hunt had 41 catches in his senior season for 403 yards. A running back in an Andy Reid offense… gee, I wonder what that might looks like? I can see that Hunt will get split out wide on occasion and once he catches the ball and only has to go through DBs to get to the end zone… well, that should have many happy results for Chiefs fan.

 

 

 

 

 

Here (below) is a gif of Hunt catching a long one from Patrick Mahomes in training camp. One happy experience I’ve had repeatedly while covering the Chiefs in training camp is occasionally getting… a glimpse of the future. Mahomes and Hunt. That could turn out to be a formidable duo. Then when you think about Tyreek Hill’s upside, that becomes quite a dynamic trio. The there’s always Kelce… ad nauseam.

 

 

 

 

I’ve been around long enough to see many preseason wonders, turn into regular season flops. I don;t think that will happen to Kareem Hunt but you can never rule out that possibility until you see the skills displayed with your own eyes during the regular season.

 

Following is a 2:00 minute compilation of every run Kareem Hunt had in the Seattle game along with the Seattle announcing team giving their impressions of the Chiefs rookie running back. Hunt had 9 carries for 39 yards with a 4.3 yards per carry average.

 

 

 

 

 

 

What do you think of the Chiefs third round running back?

 

 

 

If you are viewing this in Apple News and would like to join the Discussion, [GO HERE.](http://arrowheadone.com/kareem-hunts-boom-ability/#disqus_thread)

 

Digiprove sealCopyright secured by Digiprove © 2017

Related posts

  • freshmeat62

    We’re not going to see any of those Jamal Charles type 60-70 yard breakaways from Hunt, unless they fake the defense out and they’re all on the other side of the field, but I think we’ll see lots of short gains where he takes multiple hits. That long run he had I noticed the d-lineman, I think 96, was outrunning him.

    Over all I’m not worried about the RB position. W/ Hunt, Spiller, and West, I think they are fine.

    One negative of Hunt’s running style, and bouncing off tacklers is that it opens him up to more hits, and more opportunities for injury.

    I didn’t notice his blocking, how was that? I know Ware got a good lick in that they showed on replay.

    • berttheclock

      While, he was not known for blocking at Toledo, Bieniemy has worked hard with him. As a result on the crucial 4th down pass for a 1st down to Sherman by Smith, Hunt wiped out two defenders.

      • freshmeat62

        Speaking of Sherman, did you see that the NFL is looking at a block on Sherman by Burfict in last weeks game as being dirty/illegal. I watched it several times, and I doubt if it wasn’t Burfict, they probably wouldn’t even notice it. I thought at first it might be an interference call, but Smith hadn’t released the ball yet, and it was almost on the LOS. Also he didn’t really lay him out like he could have, but it looked to me like he just braced himself for the hit.

        • berttheclock

          I saw nothing wrong with it. But, then, I believe firmly the NFL should monitor the calls and the many missed calls by their so-called refs far more.

          • berttheclock

            I just spelled the word defenseless with a c. Must be watching far too many Brit TV programs.

          • ladner morse

            If the NFL is going to use not-on-site refs to make calls on contested plays… why can’t they monitor illegal hits on an “ongoing basis” so instead of waiting until three days later to levy a fine, they could call personal foul and warn the player of a possible ejection if there is a second P/F.

    • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

      I’ve noticed the kid seems to have great elusiveness in the first 10 yards, but if he breaks through, he try’s to bust his way through the secondary also rather than go horizontal. His open field elusiveness isn’t near as impressive. It seams north/south or nothing.

  • berttheclock

    Once again, I will bring up my concern about his missing that hole. Why? Because of this. In 2012. Seattle drafted Robert Turbin, RB from Utah State in the 4th round (111) just ahead of KC selecting the wide out from Fresno State, Devon Wylie. Turbin is five ten and goes 225 pounds. In college, he gained 3315 yards on 565 carries and scored 40 TDs. He caught 67 passes for 845 yards and scored 11 TDs. He ran a 4.44 40, but, was not known for pass protecting blocking.

    Turbin was supposed to be the heir apparent to Beast Mode and over 3 years played fairly well doing so. However, when, it came time for him to take the reins, the Seahawks discovered he had major problems using his vision to hit open holes in short yardage situations. So, they cut him. He was claimed by the Browns, cast off, went to the Cowboys, cast off and is, now, with the Colts.

    I don’t wish to see Hunt emulate the path of Turbin with the Chiefs.

    • freshmeat62

      I thought at first Hunt was already past the point of no return and didn’t have a chance to see the hole, but I watched that play again, and it looked like he had time to react to it. Just hope that was a one time thing.

    • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

      If it was a small hole, I would say no cause for concern, but that hole was big enough to drive a small car through and he missed it.
      My thoughts are, it’s just freshman jitters, he will relax and find those holes as he becomes familiar with NFL speed.

      • freshmeat62

        As I remember, wasn’t t hat a short yardage for 1st down play? Maybe he was just concentrating so hard on just making the 1st down. I guess his reaction reflexes aren’t as quick as you, bert, and me!

        • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

          Lol—yeah I guess not

        • berttheclock

          The proper word is “twitchy” reflexes.

      • Laurels and limitations

        He’ll be fine, at this stage of the game Hunt is more worried about running to the correct hole instead of staying home to block because he brain-farted. We all want the next coming of Priest or JC but those two took their lumps also, iirc.

        • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

          Yeah I agree, One missed hole does not a Running Back make.

          With Ware going down, he is going to get plenty of snaps.

        • one would have to judge that Jamaal Charles never missed a hole and I know that he did. Missed opportunities sometimes glare as those glaringly great runs. 🙂

          • Laurels and limitations

            this is factual.

    • ladner morse

      One missed hole? One?

      • berttheclock

        This bert hombre runs a very tight ship. No quarter asked. No quarter given.

        • larry mckinney

          But you’re not giving the kid…a penny.

  • berttheclock

    Hey freshmeat, thanks for that pickup on the NFL looking into the hit by Burfict. I really had missed that story and just went back to review it. You are very correct. Burfict should draw a suspension.

    • berttheclock

      The Cincy paper which covers the Bengals is saying the Bengals are supporting the appeal by Burfict of the 5 game suspension. They are trying to contend it was not helmet to helmet, but, shoulder to chest.

    • drwillez37

      Burfict needs to be run out of this league before he kills someone. The guy is a disgrace

  • berttheclock

    With Scott Tolzien proving he is not ready to step in for Andrew Luck with the Colts and Luck not ready to begin to practice, will Ballard put in a SOS call to Veach and work a deal for Bray?

    • larry mckinney

      And wouldn’t we take a 2025 7th round pick in exchange?

      • Frank Rodela

        We can’t talk them out of a 2024 7th rounder?

        • larry mckinney

          Suspect talks are on-going.

  • berttheclock

    Kudos to J J Watt for starting a fund to help those caught in the Houston flood. He kicked in $100,000 of his own money to begin the fund. So far, the fund has raised $200,000. Watt’s goal is for at least $500 thou.

  • berttheclock

    If anyone is still interested in the upcoming game against the Titans, look for Adoree Jackson being picked on my Mahomes II quite often. The Titans decided they really needed to see him in live action and used him a great deal against the Bears. He made rookie mistakes in coverage. Plus, they used him as a wide out and as a kick off returner. That did not work out well as he decided to bring one out from 3 yards deep and was stuffed. He will, probably, just take a knee for awhile.

    • freshmeat62

      When I see stories like this about Adoree Jackson and other young players that I and others were so hot on pre draft, it kind of makes me think that maybe Dorsey knew what he was doing after all.

  • berttheclock

    Speaking of Chris Ballard, he has proven he is very much of a “What have you done for me lately” type GM. This past March, he signed the former UCLA and VIkings punter, Jeff Locke, to a 2 year deal with a $1.5 M guaranteed contract. He has just cut him in favor of keeping an UDFA walk on.

    • berttheclock

      Also, Ballard just traded a long snapper, who used to play very well for Duke, to the Jets for a backup free safety.

    • drwillez37

      I wonder if Ballard was still here, would he have gotten the GM job over Veach

  • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

    Any truth to the rumor of Kaepernick to the Cowboys?

  • drwillez37

    Stuff is crazy today…people over in AP are getting their torches ready for the PM15 bandwagon ride around town…it’s like the kid just got a few preseason snaps and u wanna throw QB ratings around…I still get surprised when this happens, these preseason games are only good for injuries that’s it. They never show u anything you can gauge as concrete proof of level of play

    • Laurels and limitations

      yup.

  • larry mckinney

    Off topic but outta sight. Reggie Ragland.

    • larry mckinney

      Oh yeah. Ten days!

  • Chiefly Bacon

    Hey Bert, Chiefs just traded for Reggie Ragland. Good call.

    • Merlin

      and the Chiefs cut Mauga

      • Frank Rodela

        Wonder if Muaga was brought back just to “coach” the younger guys during camp/preseason

        • berttheclock

          Give a ton of credit to Mauga for surviving all of these years as a Bob Sutton project. Began with the Jets. Say what you will about him anyone, but, he tried his hardest with limited tools.

    • Frank Rodela

      What did we give up?

      • Frank Rodela

        2019 4th round pick

    • berttheclock

      Thanks, but, it’s a gift.

      • berttheclock

        Nah, just got lucky for a change.

        • ladner morse

          Mr. Lucky. Your new nickname. Hehe

  • ladner morse

    The Ragland trade could be a steal. If he fails the risk is low. If he gets back to his dominating Alabama self, it would be a huge move. In future years we could have Veach Boys as our starting ILBs… KPL and Ragland. 😎

    • Frank Rodela

      The Veach Boys, as all players Veach signs or drafts will be known from here on out

  • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

    An injury prone linebacker that was about to be cut by Buffalo anyway.

    • berttheclock

      Ragland did not fit their system. They changed to a 4-3 this year under Leslie Frazier, DC, and McDermott, HC. He fits the 3-4 far better.

      • This is a ooh-rah from me: I like this a lot:

        http://chiefswire.usatoday.com/2017/08/28/chiefs-trade-for-linebacker-reggie-ragland/

        Chiefs wire: Following the release of veteran linebacker Josh Mauga, the Chiefs have traded for LB Reggie Ragland.

        Kansas City sent their 2019 fourth-round pick to the Buffalo Bills in order to acquire Ragland.

        Ragland, 23, was a top prospect coming out of Alabama and was selected in the second round of the 2016 draft by the Bills.

        The 6-foot-2, 252-pound linebacker was a projected first-rounder but
        discovered that he had a heart condition. This negatively affected
        Ragland’s draft stock despite doctors saying it wouldn’t hurt his
        football career.

        After being drafted by the Bills, Ragland later tore his ACL during
        training camp which caused him to miss the entire 2016 season.

    • Frank Rodela

      Has he suffered major injury outside of the ACL last year during training camp?

      • berttheclock

        Not that I’m aware of. In their training camp, he was working with their 3rd team defense and getting back into playing shape. Sean McDermott says he believes his best days are ahead of him. (copied that from a comment over at Rotoworld)

        • berttheclock

          Side note concerning their DC, Frazier. Came up with Philly under both Reid and Childress. Followed Childress to the Vikings where he became his top assistant, then, was both Interim HC and HC of the Vikings after Childress was fired.

        • berttheclock

          Cue Tom Lehrer concerning plagiarism.

        • Frank Rodela

          I remember what it was that cost him some draft spots. Thought by many to be a mid-first round pick, a medical check showed an enlarged aorta. Though it was said to have no effect on his ability to play now or in the future, most teams down graded Ragland on the draft board.

          • berttheclock

            What I like about this move is the fact both teams made it prior to the final cut downs. I was afraid of him being cut and having to go through waivers.

          • Frank Rodela

            We saved him from having to be a Jet, he should remember that if it comes down to a contract dispute down the line

        • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

          It was minor, but he also had surgery on his shoulder.

      • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

        No…. The same injury…..the one that has been hindering him getting back into football shape…….ive read where he has struggled with the rehab.

        • Frank Rodela

          From what I’ve read (in the last 5 minutes) is that it wasn’t as much rehab issues as it was not fitting the scheme. Ragland is a 3-4 Will LB and they were asking him to be a drop back, coverage 4-3 MLB

          • berttheclock

            Plus, Frazier really wanted him to be in top shape so he could move his excellent LB from Louisville to the outside. But, If not, then, Burton would be his staring middle linebacker.

        • berttheclock

          Frazier was asked about this earlier in the week. He said Reggie does not yet the same burst, but, he sees progress in him. He, also, noted that no two players come back equally and that is takes more time for some. That said, he noted he would look at him closely and if he thought he was fit to play, he would use him in the 3rd preseason game. He did put him in during the second half and Reggie had one tackle.

          • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

            Well…let’s cross our fingers, there is no doubt the guy was a stud in college……he has all the awards to prove it and a second round pick in the NFL to confirm it.
            Can’t help but be concerned……we haven’t had the best luck with guys returning to 100% after knee surgery.

          • Laurels and limitations

            hehe, I ain’t giving the draft spot any credence, man, Tebow, Baldwin, Russell (the Raider’s QB..is that right..to hell with it, I’m not looking it up) were all high end draft picks also.

            But I do hope Ragland pays out…the fourth round wager is one I’m fine with even if I don’t believe that KC really is looking for a traditional Thumper type.

          • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

            If Ragland gets anywhere near back to the guy he once was, this move will be pure genius….if it doesn’t we will think we have been Veach Slapped.

          • Laurels and limitations

            hehe, “Veach slapped”, I love it.

          • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

            If you say it with a Russian accent it makes more sense

          • Laurels and limitations

            lol, I did it in my best Arnie voice when I first read it.

  • Roswell Incident

    Hunt really doesn’t go down on first contact. I rewatched the Sea game (I know, but I did it) and KH keeps moving forward, is hard to bring down. Took the one Sea LB to do a wresting style take down. I like that about KH.

  • Friend, Scott West and 7 teams from Sheepdog impact assistance are headed to Houston area to assist.
    attached photo of Scott taken about a year ago in NC. Scott was recently married as well. His story, severely wounded in a humvee in Iraq, multiple amputee is a wonderful story altogether, his recovery and what he has accomplished. I am very proud to be Scott’s friend. Here is the link to the crew headed to Tx and asking for support. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/ed5f4c4734d671be48d60f271d7dc16f4ae04e485e49c3208d656fca64686182.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/d4598f6084e142ef98016d9363e75e4b8dc50d257e5507ada3bc1f74b99da981.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/a069d768152ab46323862af1fd0fb39cb74131540d5f9db41e426f9b7582ceaa.jpg

    https://www.facebook.com/SheepDogIA/?hc_ref=ART0wUq8UUyNAl8vedhFpnsO3XtRMSPUw2QEWQe9eQOild-JO7HgkBDmGHJavuL3G20&fref=nf&pnref=story

    • Laurels and limitations

      that’s awesome, man!

  • Chiefly Bacon

    NFL lists the 2019 4th-rd pick the #Chiefs traded to the #Bills for LB Reggie Ragland as conditional.— NFLTradeRumors.co (@nfltrade_rumors) August 28, 2017

    • Chiefly Bacon

      This has me fully on board with the trade. If he’s great it’s a 4th, if not could be less.

  • ladner morse
  • Roswell Incident

    Just picked up an OL from CLE for a 5th round. Seems versatile and lord and Veach knows we need the depth.