Eagles turn to CFL for pass rush boost

Today, the Eagles signed Phillip Hunt to their roster from the Canadian Football League’s Winnipeg Blue Bombers. Hunt led the CFL in sacks in 2010 with 16. He doesn’t figure to be a mere training camp body, however. Hunt is about to sign a multi-year deal and be a pass rush specialist. At around 6’1″, 250, Hunt is not an every down player at this point, but is a very instictive pass rusher who is pretty powerful for his size. He’s the attacking, undersized player that the league has seen Jim Washburn mold into big time players time and time again. I haven’t found too much tape on him, but I hear he compares favorably to Elvis Dumervil, who had 21 sacks in two seasons in a 4-3 scheme. Physically, the similarities are obvious, but I won’t be able to get a good read on Hunt until training camp rolls around. At this point, my best guess is that Hunt will be your run-of-the-mill rotational end in 2011 that will continue to develop (he’s only 25) until he can maybe become a starter or a more valuable reserve in 2012 or 2013.

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