Texans report: Rookie Hunt could run himself into greater role
By Aaron Wilson
November 30, 2015
Photo: Brett Coomer, Staff
Texans rookie running back Akeem Hunt (33), tripped up by Saints safety Jairus Byrd on Sunday, impressed coach Bill O'Brien by quickly picking up the system.
Rookie running back Akeem Hunt is providing speed for the Texans' backfield.
Hunt runs the 40-yard dash in 4.37 seconds and displayed his explosiveness Sunday during his most extensive action since being promoted from the practice squad.
Hunt rushed for a career-high 27 yards on three carries during a 24-6 win over the New Orleans Saints, averaging 9 yards per rush. He gained 17 yards on a sweep.
"I like my chances in the open field of outrunning people," said Hunt, an undrafted free agent from Purdue previously with the Ravens and Giants. "The offensive line did a great job. They made it easy for me."
This was Hunt's second game since being promoted from the practice squad.
Is an expanded role in the offing for Hunt (5-10, 190) against the Bills?
"He's a smart guy, so he came in here and was able to pick up the system pretty quickly," Coach Bill O'Brien said. "He's got some speed. Whether that applies to Buffalo or not, we'll have to see. He definitely had a couple nice plays."
Hunt finished his Purdue career with over 4,600 all-purpose yards. He rushed for 949 yards and caught 48 passes last year for the Boilermakers.
"I saw him take off running in practice and thought, 'If he can get that kind of space in the game, he's going to be deadly,' " Texans left tackle Duane Brown said. "He didn't disappoint. He's very, very fast."