Hunter recorded four tackles, including a sack, in Sunday's 24-16 win over the 49ers in Week 1.
Hunter signed a big-time contract extension with the Vikings in the offseason and he showed his worth early on in Sunday's tilt. He's wracked up 6.0 or more sacks in each of his first three seasons and is well on his way to another strong season in 2018. The quality of the Vikings defense overall gives Hunter plenty of one-on-one matchups and makes him a playable IDP in many formats.
Hunter is signing a five-year, $72 million extension with $40 million guaranteed, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Only 23 years old, Hunter has piled up 25.5 sacks in 46 games since the Vikings selected him in the third round of the 2015 draft. He dropped off from 12.5 sacks in 2016 to 7.0 in 2017, but he was still an integral part of an excellent Minnesota defense, and Pro Football Focus graded him as the 17th-best edge defender against the run. With Hunter and Everson Griffen (undisclosed) joined by Linval Joseph and Sheldon Richardson at tackle, the Vikings have a top-five defensive line. Hunter will turn 24 in October and likely still has his best seasons ahead of him.
Hunter finished the 2017 with 47 combined tackles, seven sacks and one forced fumble.
Hunter saw a slight downtick in production following a tremendous 2016 season in which he recorded 12.5 sacks. However, the talented defensive end was still a vital element of a Minnesota defense that ranked first in both total and scoring defense this season, and his presence opposite Everson Griffen makes the Vikings front four one of the most dominant in the NFL. Hunter is also only 23 years old, meaning he still has potential to grow as a pass-rusher.
Hunter had three tackles (one solo) and one sack Sunday against the Bengals.
Hunter now has 38 tackles and seven sacks through 14 games, a regression from the 56 tackles and 12.5 sacks he posted in a full 2016 season. However, he should have a good chance to take down Packers QB Brett Hundley in Week 16, since he's being protected by an injury-riddled offensive line.
Hunter had one solo tackle and one sack in Thursday's 30-23 win over the Lions.
Hunter now has a sack in each of his last three games, and four of his last five. However, the third-year pro only has 28 tackles (15 solo) through 11 games, making him lean heavily on a sack count that just started to gain some consistency. Against questionable offensive lines, though, Hunter is a solid IDP asset.
|4||9/27/18||@ LAR||8:20 pm|
|5||10/7/18||@ PHI||4:25 pm|
|7||10/21/18||@ NYJ||1:00 pm|
|Bye: Week 10|
|11||11/18/18||@ CHI||1:00 pm|
|13||12/2/18||@ NE||4:25 pm|
|14||12/10/18||@ SEA||8:15 pm|
|16||12/23/18||@ DET||1:00 pm|
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