Before the NFL Lockout crashed down, the Philadelphia Eagles were able to persuade and sign defensive end standout Philip Hunt from the CFL, in hopes of bringing a rejuvenated and energetic presence off of the bench.
Hunt led the CFL last season with 16 sacks, and was one of the most looked into free agency targets for other NFL teams. Hunt showed excellent technique as he simply obliterated opposing offensive lines and proved to be a constant force when given the starting role for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. Strangely enough, Hunt is another University of Houston alumni, and was teammates with Kevin Kolb when they were in college.
As far as the role of Hunt on the Eagles defense, he will strictly be a player that comes in to spell the starters. Whether that be Trent Cole, or another one of Philadelphia’s carousel of defensive ends, he will be coming off of the bench. It’s possible that after training camp, or even the pre-season, Jim Washburn quickly finds that Hunt is a better alternative than Brandon Graham, (who may not be ready for the 2011 season following an ACL tear), and Juqua Parker, who both have underachieved greatly last season.
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