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Mike Zimmer believes Margus Hunt can make “big jump”

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The Bengals used a second-round pick on defensive end Margus Hunt last April, but they were in no rush to give him a major role right off the bat. A former discus star, Hunt played in 10 regular season games and one postseason game as a reserve for Cincinnati in 2013.

However, the 27-year-old Hunt could see more playing time in his second NFL season. With Michael Johnson departing for Tampa Bay, there are more reps to be had at defensive end.

New Vkings head coach Mike Zimmer, who was Cincinnati’s defensive coordinator a season ago, is confident Hunt will show improvement. In a story published Monday by Bengals.com, Zimmer indicated he believed the Bengals would continue to field a strong defense — and that Hunt could become more of a contributor.

“I think Margus Hunt will take a big jump,” Zimmer told Geoff Hobson of Bengals.com.

Hunt, Carlos Dunlap, Wallace Gilberry and Robert Geathers are currently the Bengals’ top four options at defensive end. Another end could be added via the draft, as Cincinnati is never shy about stocking up on defensive linemen. No matter how the Bengals proceed, getting more production from Hunt would be quite helpful.

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26 Responses to “Mike Zimmer believes Margus Hunt can make “big jump””
  1. ajgreenhof says: Mar 24, 2014 9:42 PM

    When you’re talking about Margus Hunt you have to keep in mind his background. The guy came to SMU from Estonia as a discus athlete but the program was cut short after Margus arrived. He then tried out for the football team and made the team. He has far less experience then a lot of his peers in the NFL. The guy is a freakish athlete and seems really intelligent I think he will be a force to be reckoned with once he gets more experience under his belt.

  2. f1restarter says: Mar 24, 2014 9:44 PM

    Mike Zimmer ought to pay more attention to his new team than his old one. The Vikings really suck.

  3. thepftpoet says: Mar 24, 2014 9:49 PM

    Best coach in the NFL.

    No one evaluates talent better than Mike.

    He will transform the Vikings into a top 5 defense like he has the previous years with the Bengals.

  4. pgolf3 says: Mar 24, 2014 9:59 PM

    he just cant help himself. he thought mj 93 would be in minn also

  5. filthymcnasty2 says: Mar 24, 2014 10:10 PM

    I wish the Packers had a coach like Zim. We need someone the players can actually learn from.

  6. raiderapologist says: Mar 24, 2014 10:17 PM

    27 and going into his second season? I guess he can share cake with Weeden at the retirement center. Those second contracts are going to be tough.

  7. jcmeyer10 says: Mar 24, 2014 10:26 PM

    Margus and Zimmer were some of the best parts of Hard Knocks.

  8. norwegianwud says: Mar 24, 2014 10:46 PM

    Just happy that Zimmer is on Viking soil. Should make a difference. Let’s go get QB to school under Norv and Cassel for a year or two. Open our new stadium with a team of hungry, happy players that want to work for a common goal. I wish the same for the Bengals squad. Tough to lose a leader like Zim.

  9. tangysizzl says: Mar 24, 2014 10:58 PM

    That’s the rub with Hunt, he’ll be 30 by the time his rookie contract is up. Better hope he gets good quickly, time is ticking.

  10. southpaw79 says: Mar 24, 2014 11:04 PM

    Ah yes, the “Eastern Block”. My favorite nick name from last years draft.

  11. nwfisch says: Mar 24, 2014 11:43 PM

    Hunt can make a big jump…by playing for a legit organization, compared to the Vikings, the most pitiful franchise in the history of the NFL.

    #0Rings

  12. smartanis says: Mar 24, 2014 11:48 PM

    In what might be the weirdest tampering case ever, the Bengals go after Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer for making comments about Margus Hunt…on the Bengals own website…

  13. Dream_Machine says: Mar 25, 2014 12:03 AM

    Domata Peko. Period

  14. filthymcnasty1 says: Mar 25, 2014 12:03 AM

    Why does Zimmer always look like he has a drinking problem?

  15. pftpoetdisciple says: Mar 25, 2014 12:35 AM

    Zimmer will be the coach that will help the Vikings turn the corner. Along with acquisition of one of the finest offensive minds in recent memory, the Vikings will be right back in the running this year, and will be a force for years to come.

  16. mclovin07 says: Mar 25, 2014 12:44 AM

    Zimmer is a class act..

  17. taintedsaints2009 says: Mar 25, 2014 1:06 AM

    I don’t understand why simmer is going to take a year or two with cassel. Just put the rookie in and go go go. Get the kinks out early.

  18. coachbeck says: Mar 25, 2014 2:57 AM

    Zim was great. Vikings fans will love him.

    Trust In him.

  19. sdchicken says: Mar 25, 2014 4:22 AM

    Hunts nickname in college was “The Eastern Block” since he is from Estonia, and had like 17 blocked kicks in his college career. Fun player to watch

  20. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Mar 25, 2014 6:41 AM

    Sounds like he regrets leaving. Can you blame him?

  21. bengalguy says: Mar 25, 2014 7:50 AM

    Are you listening Putzberg……..this is how you build a successful franchise!
    Old, Slow team!

  22. trezzyt says: Mar 25, 2014 8:45 AM

    Mark my word M. Hunt will be a late bloomer until he see 80% of his snaps he will not be able to showcase his full potential he’s a big freak and need time to devolop he’s no JJ watt but has the size to be disruptive

  23. doctorrustbelt says: Mar 25, 2014 9:07 AM

    Margus Hunt has shown promise… but… he has a ways to go.

    Hunt is a hard worker, athletically talented, and very intelligent.

    If anyone can work and think their way into a 10 year NFL career… it would be Margus Hunt.

  24. filthymcnasty1 says: Mar 25, 2014 9:43 AM

    I get the impression that Zimmer is a heavy drinker. Maybe it’s that ruddy complexion.

    He should fit well in MN.

  25. filthymcnasty2 says: Mar 25, 2014 11:15 AM

    Packers fan here. If we had Zimmer we would be winning Super Bowls left and right. Get rid of that double-quarter pounder McCarthy. Go Pack Go.

  26. whatjusthapped says: Mar 25, 2014 12:03 PM

    Zimmer had talent to work with on the Bengal defense. Regrettably, the same can’t be said with the current Viking roster.

    I don’t know who said it originally but Lombardi used to say it all the time; You can’t make chicken salad out of chicken $hit.

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