The Alliance of American Football is kicking off its second week and there are some former Kansas City Chiefs players that you should be rooting for.
The first week for the Alliance of American Football went better than most people would have anticipated. The TV ratings for the AAF’s first week matched the NBA, something that is no small feat when you look at how little marketing was done leading up to the inaugural weekend.
Fans of the Kansas City Chiefs should be keeping track of when the games are since there are former Chiefs players across all eight teams in the AAF right now. You can cheer for any team and still be supporting a familiar face. Some of these former players performed spectacularly in their first week.
Let’s go ahead and take a look at which Chiefs players we should be trying to watch this weekend.
Akeem Hunt, RB, Orlando Apollos
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Last season anytime you heard the name Hunt most people thought you were referring to former Chief Kareem Hunt. There was another Hunt on the team though who primarily returned kickoffs for Kansas City. His name was Akeem Hunt, and he is currently playing for the Orlando Apollos.
In his first week, he was able to lead the entire league in rushing with 73 yards on only 10 carries. Being able to break off 7.3 yards per carry is a hard thing to do, and it will be interesting to see if he can repeat that performance when the Apollos takes on the San Antonio Commanders this week.
Keith Reaser, CB, Orlando Apollos
On the other side of the ball for the Apollos, we have cornerback Keith Reaser, who looks like he may be getting the practice he needs to make the jump back the NFL next season. Reaser played in two games for the Chiefs, the first of which was Week 17 of the 2017 season—or as most people remember it, Patrick Mahomes’ first start. He stood out against the Denver Broncos, racking up four tackles, one sack, and two passes defended. Reaser also played against the Tennessee Titans in the Wild card game of the same year. His biggest highlight in the game was the fumble he forced that the Chiefs were able to recover inside the Titans 30-yard line.
Reaser was unable to stay healthy in 2018 and was eventually released with an injury settlement before the beginning of the season. With all that production in his two games with Kansas City, it should come as no surprise that he graded out as one of the best players in the AAF per Pro Football Focus last week.
Rashad Ross, WR, Arizona Hotshots
Kansas City loved to be explosive this past year, and one of their former players is taking that same mentality into the AAF. Rashad Ross has played for plenty of NFL teams, and everyone could see why this past Sunday. Ross was just one of two wide receivers to pass the century mark over the four games from last week, and he also able to haul in two touchdowns. The connection between Ross and Arizona Hotshots quarterback John Wolford was apparent. Ross was able to make the PFF team of the week after his terrific performance and will be looking to repeat against the Memphis Express this Saturday.