Kareem Hunt is just another running back in a line of running backs that will grow as a player in Kansas City.
The most recent star is Spencer Ware who took over when Jamaal Charles was suffering injuries. Charles is now with the Denver Broncos and now Spencer Ware is the go to back.
Why do I bring up Kareem Hunt?
Because the backups in Kansas City seem to come out of nowhere and overtake the starter in astounding fashion.
In this latest string that has run for 15 years, the Chiefs have had some big name backs that were amazing in KC. They had Priest Holmes, whose backup was Larry Johnson. Larry Johnson overtook Priest Holmes after injuries took their toll on Holmes’ promising career. Holmes was the only back other than Emmitt Smith in NFL history to rush for at least 20 touchdowns in back to back seasons.
Larry Johnson was very good right out of the gate. When he took over at the top back he rushed for 1,750 yards. The success was short lived as he did top that season the following year, but that was it. He suffered a foot injury the following year that sidelined him for the year. Then he started having conduct issues and was sent packing. Jamaal Charles was next.
Jamaal Charles was the ideal of longevity considering the brief runs by the previous two backs.
When Charles took over for a full season, he played well. In fact, he kept his role for years to come. He was considered their number one back from 2009-2016; unfortunately, Charles was another in the line of injured star backs in KC.
In his third season as the top option, he suffered an ACL tear in week 2 and was out for the rest of the year, but he came back strong to string together 3 straight seasons of 1,000+ yards rushing.
Unfortunately for Charles, in 2015 and 2016 he suffered injury again. In 2015 he tore the ACL in his right knee and was placed on IR. In 2016 he hadn’t fully recovered and suffered a setback when making an appearance in a game. Then he had surgery to trim his meniscus and was sidelined for his final season in KC.
Spencer Ware took over for Charles and rushed for 921 yards in the 2016 season in 13 games. He is primed for a huge run in 2017.
Hopefully the injury bug won’t rear its ugly head for Spencer Ware. If it does, it has a college star from Toledo whom the Chiefs took in the third round of the NFL Draft.
Kareem Hunt rushed for 1,400 yards in two seasons at Toledo and averaged at least 11 total touchdowns per season in his four years in college.
This sleeper will be waiting in the wings for his shot. Granted, Hunt isn’t from a large school like the other four, but he still has a shot in the Andy Reid offense.
Holmes went to Texas, Johnson went to Penn State, Charles went to Texas, and Ware went to LSU. Look for Hunt to put Toledo on the map in the next few years.