Who Dey Notes: Bengals Bag Minter, Kareem Hunt Pro Day

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Sep 30, 2016; Provo, UT, USA; Toledo Rockets running back Kareem Hunt (3) tries to find a way around the Brigham Young Cougars defense during the fourth quarter at Lavell Edwards Stadium. Brigham Young won 55-53. Mandatory Credit: Chris Nicoll-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 30, 2016; Provo, UT, USA; Toledo Rockets running back Kareem Hunt (3) tries to find a way around the Brigham Young Cougars defense during the fourth quarter at Lavell Edwards Stadium. Brigham Young won 55-53. Mandatory Credit: Chris Nicoll-USA TODAY Sports /
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The Cincinnati Bengals grabbed a young stud in free agency. Kevin Minter is now a piece of the puzzle. Kareem Hunt impresses at his Pro Day.

When the announcement of another Bengals free agent acquisition hit the internet, fans collectively held their breath. Thoughts of another aging veteran caused migraines and threats of forfeiting those coveted seat licenses. But, when the addition was identified as Kevin Minter the clouds parted over Bengals Nation and there were reports of fans actually smiling. For a brief moment, things seem stable in the land of Orange and Black.

After seeing the offensive line deteriorate in a matter of days, Bengals fans received a reprieve with Minter’s signing. The 26-year-old linebacker adds instant swagger to a corps that seemed to lack that added punch last year. While Vontaze Burfict was dealing with a three-game suspension, Vincent Rey played with passion. But, he wasn’t the thumper and enforcer that fans have become used to with Burfict. The Bengals will have another hard hitter with Mr. Minter.

But, as a fan, one can’t help but wonder. Did the Bengals grab Minter in anticipation of losing Burfict? According to Spotrac, Tez is going to be another player heading into free agency next year. Is it a coincidence that Minter’s skill set and physical attributes are reminiscent of Burfict? Don’t cha just love the Bengals drama? Life as a Cincinnati fan wouldn’t be complete without it. Per The Cincinnati Enquirer, Minter’s contract could be worth $4.5 million. That’s more than Tez will be getting in his final year. Is it a trial run or good faith money?  

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Backfield In Motion

It may be against the rules, but the Bengals had a look at one of the hidden gems of the NFL Draft. On Monday, Cincinnati staff was able to see the speedy Kareem Hunt up close and personal.

Most of the pre-draft talk is about Leonard Fournette, Dalvin Cook and Joe Mixon. But, Hunt is a slashing runner that could easily show up on Cincinnati’s big board. Hunt put up (in Donald Trump voice) HOOOGE numbers. Last season, he was able to shred defenses for 1,878 total yards. Of that crazy amount, 1,475 came on the ground and carried a 5.6 YPC. He was able to snag 41 receptions for 403 yards and a 9.8 average.

If the big-name ground monsters are gone by Cincy’s pick at No. 9, Hunt would be a steal. Looking at highlights of his running style is like watching James Brooks all over again.

Hunt was able to improve upon his NFL Combine stats and was pleased with the results.

"“They said I ran a 4.5, so I’m happy with that,” Hunt explained. “I came in today hoping to have a good day, a good performance. I think I got that. I’m happy with how it went.”"

Next: Extension For Tyler Eifert?

He’s satisfied and that should be something the Bengals are giddy about. With Rex Burkhead in New England and Jeremy Hill facing free agency and trade rumors, the Cincinnati running back scenario is truly going to be interesting.

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