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Expect Kareem Hunt to have a bigger role in the Chiefs passing game

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It felt like Kareem Hunt had a pretty good-sized role in the Kansas City Chiefs passing game already with 53 receptions last year, but believe it or not, there were 11 running backs with more catches than him last season.

Andy Reid said at the NFL Combine this week that Hunt had a decent number of touches this year (325) but that he needed more action in the passing game (fantasy alert!).

“We thought we had a decent number for Kareem this year of plays,” Reid said. “We probably need to increase the pass part of that a little bit more and expand on his role in the pass game.”

Hunt lost some of his third-down snaps to Charcandrick West last season. Spencer Ware will also be returning, which Reid said is a good problem to have as far as splitting up time in the backfield.

“They are best friends, as Kareem has told you before and so that would be a nice tandem to have back there for sure,” Reid said of Ware and Hunt.

Remember Ware was terrific early in the 2016 season before fading down the stretch. If the Chiefs can unlock that early 2016 performance out of Ware and combine that with the NFL’s reigning rushing king, the Chiefs backfield could be even better in 2018.