Tony Hunt Cut

The Eagles third round pick from the 2007 draft has been released. Tony Hunt, the pride of Penn State, but his lack of athletic ability really makes me wonder why he was drafted so high.

I had serious doubts about Hunt as rookie in the preseason. I remember seeing him break off a 13 yard run, and thought he looked terrible doing it. Great blocking supplied a huge hole for Hunt to run through, and with the wide open field in front of him, he looked like he was running in slow motion. I knew right then that drafting Hunt was a mistake, and that he would most likely not pan out.

Hunt never really had a home at RB, but a long touchdown run this preseason and an opening at FB spared him from being cut. The Eagles tried to go into the season with Hunt at FB, but he was unable to play the position. Hunt is not a good lead blocker, and really just did not fit well in that role.

Tony was stripped of his FB duties, and they were given to Dan Klecko.

The Eagles signed linebacker Tracy White to replace Hunt’s spot on the roster. White has mainly played on special teams during his 6 year career. White has played with the Packers, Jaguars, and Seahawks.

Topics: Dan Klecko, Green Bay Packers, Jacksonville Jaguars, Penn State, Philadelphia Eagles, Seattle Seahawks, Tony Hunt, Tracy White

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  • Phil

    At Penn State Hunt was always a game player and got better as he got more carries during a game.  At Penn State he was never a burner, he ran over people and through tackles. So your expections of Hunt at draft time were already wrong.  Westbrook is one of the best back in the NFL and Hunt wasn’t going to succeed carrying the ball a few times a game.   If he gets 20 carries a game he will be a solid running back for some NFL.

  • http://insidetheiggles.com/ Ian

    Phil – I respectably disagree.

    While Hunt did get better with more carries at Penn State, he was thriving on college level talent. Some prospects translate well to the pros, and some don’t. I think Hunt is a guy who maxes out his ability in college.

    One thing I noticed about Hunt, is he is pretty soft for a big back. Many times he got the ball in space, and instead of running through a defender, he acts scared and tries to be something he is not.

    When he was given a chance to play FB, you saw that he does not have the physicality to play the position, and really does not have that edge you would like from someone his size. Blocking takes a mean attitude, and Hunt seems to shy away from sticking his nose in there and taking contact.

    I know Tony Hunt was tremendous in college, but I think he was never meant to play in the NFL.