Akeem Hunt: “I can surprise a lot of people”

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Akeem Hunt could break out for the Houston Texans in 2017.

The Houston Texans bolstered their running back corp by selecting former University of Texas star D’Onta Foreman in the 2017 NFL Draft.

But there’s one player that’s ready to make some noise this coming season.

Texans’ third-year back Akeem Hunt says he believes he’s going to surprise some people this year.

From the Houston Chronicle:

"“I feel great,” Hunt said. “If I get the opportunity, I can surprise a lot of people. I won’t surprise the people on our team. I’m a role player and I love my role.“Whatever I can do to help the team. I really focus on special teams. When they need me on offense, I’m ready. Just being versatile, they can put me at multiple positions.”"

The 24 year-old Hunt signed with the New York Giants as an undrafted rookie free agent back in 2015, but ended up getting released that year and then signed with the Baltimore Ravens that same year. But he was shortly released by the Ravens as well and then Hunt signed with the Texans.

Hunt carried the ball 17 times for 96 yards as a rookie in 2015 and had 20 attempts for 109 yards last season.  He’s averaged 5.5 yards per carry so far during his NFL career.

Hunt only had a grade of 46.6 from Pro Football Focus for the way he played last year.  But I wouldn’t put too much stock into that since he played sparingly.

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Even though the Texans drafted Foreman, I’m sure Hunt will have a chance to prove himself during training camp and the preseason.

While we really haven’t seen enough of Hunt to make an accurate assessment as to whether he can be a very good NFL back, he certainly has a lot of potential from what we’ve seen form him so far during his career.