Indianapolis Colts Connections: Week 8 at Cincinnati Bengals

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - SEPTEMBER 17: Carson Palmer
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - SEPTEMBER 17: Carson Palmer /
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The Cincinnati Bengals host the Indianapolis Colts at Paul Brown Stadium this Sunday. This week our Colts Connections could only dig up one name, defensive lineman Margus Hunt.

Hunt is currently a backup defensive end for Indianapolis.

He spent his first four seasons playing alongside Carlos Dunlap, Michael Johnson and All-Pro defensive tackle Geno Atkins. He was drafted by the Bengals in the second-round of 2013 and never really lived up to his draft position. Hunt was a rotational player who never started a single game for the Bengals from 2013-2017.

Hunt, a native of Estonia, came to the United States in 2007. He originally began to attend Southern Methodist University in order to train with well-known track and field coach, Dave Wollman. After the track and field program was dropped by the university shortly after Hunt’s arrival, he turned his attention to football.

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At 6’8″, Hunt is one of the tallest players in the NFL. His unusual height helped him set an NCAA record for blocked field goals at SMU with 10.

After four seasons, Hunt’s underwhelming performance in Cincinnati prompted the Bengals to let him become a free agent last off-season. Hunt signed a two-year $4.1 million contract with Indianapolis last March.

Hunt will return to Cincinnati playing a similar role with the Colts as he did with the Bengals. Hunt’s 1 sack on the season was recorded in the season opener against the Los Angeles Rams. Colts fans would love to see Hunt add to his sack total on Sunday against his former team and help the Colts emerge victorious.