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Hunter lost all of last season to a herniated disc in his neck that eventually required surgery. There have been no reported issues since that October repair, though. Hunter started camp on time. And he's wowing those near him.
"He's just bigger, stronger, faster, quicker and more skilled than 99 percent of the people out there," said RT Brian O'Neill, who has been facing Hunter directly in drills.
Coach Mike Zimmer says: "I wasn't really closely watching him, but I sure did notice him. "He's one of those guys that, the first time we went 1-on-1 pass rush, he was going against O'Neill, and it was amazing. So I heard O'Neill ask him, he said, 'Danielle, what was that move?' And he said, 'I don't know. It just happened.' He's just slithery and [has] long arms and [is] athletic. It's just different."
Stephen Weatherly played with Hunter through 2019, left in free agency and is now back. Here's what he has to say about his teammate: "D is still D. Freak. Definitely gets off the ball, his technique is great, especially in the pass rush. He looks just like how he did before I left, maybe a little bit better."
Before sitting out last season, Hunter delivered 2 straight seasons of 14.5 sacks, with 12.5+ in 3 of 4 years. He also topped 50 solo tackles and cracked 70 total stops in each of his past 2 years. Hunter led all DL scorers in 2019 and 2016, and ranked 3rd in 2018.
Now 6 years beyond arriving as a 3rd-round pick, he still won't turn 27 until the end of October. That means we might not have even seen Hunter's "prime" yet. He's an easy pick as a DL1 and should come at a discount vs. his historical production because of that year off.
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