Hunt has impressed his coaches throughout OTAs
There may not have been a pick that was more widely praised for the Kansas City Chiefs coming out of the 2017 NFL Draft than running back Kareem Hunt.
Hunt, who was selected in the third round (No. 86 overall) after the Chiefs traded up to get him, finished his college career as Toledo’s all-time leading rusher and was Pro Football Focus’ top-graded running back in the draft.
During his four Jim Kelly Jersey years at Toledo, Hunt accumulated 4,945 yards rushing (6.3 yards per carry) with 44 touchdowns.
But all that success in college wasn’t going to translate to the NFL field, particularly in an offense like Andy Reid’s, unless Hunt demonstrated the mental
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Through rookie minicamp and nine days of OTAs, Hunt has Thurman Thomas Jersey impressed in this way.
“Kareem is a smart kid,” Chiefs running backs coach Eric Bieniemy explained Thursday after practice. “His football IQ is very high. He’s done a good job of retaining a lot of information, and trust me, we’ve been throwing the book at him because we want to challenge him and see exactly what will stick and what won’t stick. He’s done a heck of a job retaining information. On top of that, he’s done a great job of working out there.
“At the end of the day, it’s all about learning how to become a consistent professional. I think one thing that he can take out of this whole experience other than taking reps is just watching these guys work. On top of that, seeing
Men’s 1960 1994 Buffalo Bills 35th Anniversary Thurman Thomas Mitchell and Ness Throwback Royal Blue Jersey how they take care of their bodies, handling things in the training room, the weight room, all the little-detailed things to help you become that professional.”
Luckily for Hunt, there’s a group of running backs in that room with him who have the experience and leadership to help bring him along. It wasn’t that long ago that each of those guys was in the position Hunt now finds himself.
Veterans Anthony Sherman, Spencer Ware, and Charcandrick West Customized Buffalo Bills Jersey have all made an impact on the field for the Jim Kelly Throwback Jersey Chiefs over the past few years, and each of them has had to work for everything they’ve gotten.
Ware initially signed with the Chiefs on a reserve-futures deal after sitting out the 2014 season. West was signed as an undrafted free agent and worked his way up from the practice squad.
Another veteran in that room who signed this offseason, C.J. Spiller—the former top 10 pick of the Buffalo Bills in the 2010 NFL Draft—is looking for a resurgence in his career as well.
It’s a good group for Hunt to follow.
“They know what is expected,” Bieniemy explained of his veterans. “They understand that it isn’t about one individual, it’s about the group. So, whoever’s out on that field, they must represent and do a great job. Because why? Every time we’re out there, the expectations are high, the stakes are high. We want to make sure no matter who is in there, they know what they’re doing. These guys coach each other up. (Anthony Sherman) Sherm, (Spencer Ware) Spence, Charcandrick (West) hold the other guys accountable, as well as each other.”
Just last week, Hunt admitted that there was a learning curve for him coming out of college.
“I was the type of guy that thought they knew everything about football,” Hunt said. “And when I got here, I’ve learned there’s so much more to football, so much more to the game. A lot of college kids think they’ve got football down, but it’s not as easy. There’s so much more to it.”
Through just a few weeks of working with Bieniemy, Hunt already knows he’s in the right place.
“He’s a great coach, and honestly, he’s got more out of Custom Bills Jersey myself than anybody has before.”