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Could Kareem Hunt Be The Answer To Our Running Back Questions?

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Sep 24, 2017; Carson, CA, USA; Kansas City Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt (27) runs with the ball during the second half against the Los Angeles Chargers at StubHub Center. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports

2018 was a rough year for Kareem Hunt to say the least. Between an assault charge, being dropped from the Kansas City Chiefs, and ending up on the Commissioner’s exempt list, you could say things didn’t turn out as planned. The real question is, should the Buccaneers take a chance on him, and could he be the spark to the run game they need?

Given the fact that Bucs new head coach, Bruce Arians, is a big believer in second chances, I could see him taking a chance on a guy like Kareem Hunt. It worked out well for Arians with Tyrann Mathieu, who had some issues coming out of college, but with the guidance of Arians, became a star in the league. So say the Bucs do take the leap and sign Hunt, is it worth it? Will he provide that spark to the Bucs backfield, they so desperately need?

The answer, in short, is yes he could. However, there are a lot of factors that will go into Hunt having success in Tampa. Look, Kareem Hunt is already one of the best backs in the league, there’s no denying that. With that said, he won’t have the same success in Tampa as he did in KC unless the Bucs figure out how to fix their offensive line woes. Last season we saw far too many times Peyton Barber and Rojo with no space to run and dropped in the backfield. Much of this could potentially be solved with the new coaching staffs’ scheme. However, it seems as though they will also need to look into better personnel across the OL if they do bring in a guy like Kareem Hunt.

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