Phillip Hunt is a curious case. His first run in the NFL didn’t quite work out the way he had hoped. So he took his talents to Canada and tore it up in Winnipeg. Now, he’s back with the Eagles, hoping to land a spot in the Eagles’ deep and talented defensive end rotation. Apparently, Football Outsiders thinks it would be a wise move to keep Hunt around.
Hunt left the University of Houston in 2009 and when he couldn’t stick on the Cleveland Browns as an undrafted free agent, he went north to Winnipeg and led the CFL with 16 sacks in 2010. The Eagles brought him back down south last year, hoping to get Cameron Wake Part II. They didn’t get that, partly because Hunt was deep in the defensive end rotation. However, in limited time, Hunt had two sacks, 6.5 hurries, four quarterback hits and drew two holding flags. Scouts might be confused because he’s built like a 244-pound square, not like the athletic stud suggested by his workout numbers. But he’s a good power and leverage guy, and he’s flashed a bit as an inside crasher. The strange thing is that there may not be room for Hunt on the roster after the Eagles drafted Vinny Curry and picked up Monte Taylor off waivers. If they cut him, there’s going to be a very promising pass-rusher out on the open market for almost no cost. Anybody looking for one of those?
This is definitely one guy you want to keep an eye on throughout training camp and preseason.