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Margus Hunt | Defensive Lineman

Team: Cincinnati Bengals
Age / DOB:  (27) / 7/14/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'8' / 290
College: Southern Methodist
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Bengals coach Marvin Lewis believes sophomore DE Margus Hunt has made a "huge, huge, huge leap" in his second training camp.
"He’s one of the guys I’m excited to see play next Thursday night in Kansas City," said Lewis, referring to Cincinnati's preseason opener. A workout freak in last year's draft, Hunt played just over 150 snaps as a rookie, struggling mightily. He'll have a chance at more playing time with Michael Johnson gone to Tampa Bay. Jul 31 - 11:09 AM
Source: bengals.com

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The Bengals are hoping for a second-year jump from DE Margus Hunt.

"I can’t wait to see him, at 291 pounds and hunting guys," DL coach Jay Hayes said. "I think it’s going to be a very good improvement." Hunt was active for 10 games and played just 170 snaps as a rookie. The Bengals are optimistic he'll be a key contributor this season, but haven't committed to him as a starter. With Carlos Dunlap moving to Michael Johnson's old role, Hunt is competing with Wallace Gilberry and Robert Geathers at left end.
Source: bengals.com
Jun 21 - 6:59 PM

The Bengals want Margus Hunt to learn left end exclusively before moving him around the defensive line.

Hunt, the 53rd pick in last April's draft, played just 170 snaps as a rookie and admittedly struggled mightily to adjust to the NFL after just four years of organized football. DL coach Jay Hayes said Hunt would come to the sidelines and confusingly ask "What was that?" at times. Hunt is expected to compete with Wallace Gilberry for snaps at left end with Carlos Dunlap moving to right end.
Source: bengals.com
Apr 28 - 8:25 PM

The Bengals are "optimistic" DE Margus Hunt will be a key contributor this season.

A 2013 second-round pick, Hunt was active for 10 games and played just 170 snaps as a rookie. He's a candidate to replace Michael Johnson at right end, but will likely open the season in a rotation with Wallace Gilberry and Robert Geathers. Hunt could also see playing time at tackle in nickel packages.
Source: ESPN.com
Mar 29 - 3:19 PM

Bengals declared DE Margus Hunt, CB Brandon Ghee, CB Dre Kirkpatrick, OG Mike Pollak, RB Rex Burkhead, OT Anthony Collins and WR Ryan Whalen inactive for Week 3 against the Packers.

It's Hunt's third straight healthy scratch. As any viewer of Hard Knocks knows, Hunt boasts no shortage of natural ability, but is still too raw to make an impact on a weekly basis. Kirkpatrick left Monday's game against the Steelers with a hamstring issue, and is week to week.
Sun, Sep 22, 2013 11:40:00 AM

Bengals agreed to terms with No. 53 overall pick DE Margus Hunt.

One of the draft's most unique prospects, Hunt is a native of Estonia going on 26 years of age. The SMU product didn't light up the stat-sheet in college, but tore up the Combine, running a 4.60 40-yard dash and 1.62 ten-yard split. A mountainous 6-foot-8, 277 pounds, Hunt managed an eye-popping 38 bench-press reps. Bengals.com believes Hunt could be a frequent inactive as he learns the NFL game as a rookie, but his upside is definitely off the charts. It's just a matter of harnessing it, which is never easy.
Wed, May 22, 2013 02:58:00 PM

Bengals.com suggests second-round DE Margus Hunt could be a weekly inactive as a rookie.

Hunt is short on experience but long on athleticism, and he landed in the perfect situation with the Bengals. The soon-to-be 26-year-old ran a 4.60 forty and repped 225 pounds 38 times at the Combine. The Bengals are loaded up front on the defensive line, and Hunt is no higher than fourth or fifth on the defensive end depth chart. He'll be given plenty of time to work on his craft.
Source: bengals.com
Thu, May 9, 2013 07:48:00 PM

Bengals selected SMU DE Margus Hunt with the No. 53 overall pick.

Hunt (6-foot-8 1/8, 277) blocked an NCAA record 17 kicks at SMU and notched eight sacks with 11.5 tackles for loss as a senior. Hunt's production and tape are not stellar -- and he turns 26 before the season -- but the Estonia native and 2006 Junior Olympics shotput and discus gold medalist is an athletic phenom. At the Combine, Hunt ran 4.6-flat with a running back-like 1.62 ten-yard split and repped 225 pounds 38 times. Concerns on Hunt are his inexperience, upright stiffness, and lack of edge-rushing tools. Hunt will have an opportunity to learn under Mike Zimmer as a reserve on an already loaded Bengals defensive front.
Fri, Apr 26, 2013 08:02:00 PM

CSN Bay Area's Matt Maiocco provides four names to "watch" for the 49ers' No. 31 pick if they stay put: SMU DE Margus Hunt, Florida State DE/OLB Tank Carradine, FIU S Jon Cyprien, and Stanford TE Zach Ertz.

The 49ers are also believed to be interested in trading up, perhaps for Carradine. We expect Carradine and Cyprien to both be long gone by the 31st pick. San Francisco wants an eventual replacement for Justin Smith, and 6-foot-8, 277-pound Hunt could be a candidate to plug that hole. Ertz would probably be a fallback option. Buzz has died on him and he projects as a day-two pick.
Mon, Apr 22, 2013 01:08:00 PM

A source tells NFL.com's Ian Rapoport that SMU DE Margus Hunt "won't get past (the) first round."

Hunt is a freak athlete, packing 4.60 speed onto his 6-foot-8, 277-pound body, but will turn 26 in July. He also had an underwhelming college career, and has raw technique. If Hunt goes on day one, it will be based on his athleticism alone. Hunt has been linked to the Jets in recent days.
Wed, Mar 27, 2013 06:43:00 PM

According to DallasCowboys.com's Bryan Broaddus, the "thought among (scouts)" is that some teams may consider SMU DE Margus Hunt at tight end.

A freak athlete, Hunt has a 6-foot-8, 277-pound frame, and did 38 reps on the bench press to go along with a 4.60 40-yard dash at the Combine. He had a spotty college career, however, and has poor technique. He's already 25 years old. Hunt will be a gamble at defensive end, but an even bigger one at tight end.
Tue, Feb 26, 2013 07:16:00 PM

SMU DE Margus Hunt led all defensive linemen in bench-press reps at the Combine with 38 reps of 225 pounds.

Hunt goes 6-foot-8, 277 with pretty long arms at 33 3/8 inches, so the feat is impressive. Hunt, an Estonia native who turns 26 in July, has a journeyman-type background for an NFL draft prospect. He's a projected day-two selection.
Sun, Feb 24, 2013 07:35:00 PM

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