In the wake of lacking all of 2020 with a neck harm and most of 2021 with a pectoral harm, Vikings star edge-rusher Danielle Hunter is looking to search out his groove once more after a nice begin to his profession. The former LSU Tiger is exclusive as a result of he’s going into his eighth profession season however is simply 27 years of age. He nonetheless has a lengthy profession forward of him. Minnesota Vikings followers and first-year head coach Kevin O’Connell must be fired up about that.
Hunter recorded a minimum of 12 sacks in three of his 5 seasons previous to his injury-riddled campaigns. That consists of back-to-back seasons of 14.5-sack seasons in 2018 and 2019. He was chosen to Pro Bowls in these seasons, together with a Second-Team All-Pro nod in 2018. He completed fifth in the Defensive Player of the Year voting.
Aside from his rookie season in 2015 and the 2020 marketing campaign that he missed on account of harm, Hunter has racked up double-digit QB hits in every season. This consists of the 2021 season in which he performed solely seven video games. In 2016, Hunter began zero video games however performed in all 16. He nonetheless recorded 12.5 sacks. He is a machine.
The Minnesota Vikings additionally signed one other two-time Pro Bowl and Second-Team All-Pro choice OLB Za’Darius Smith. Although Smith missed almost your complete 2021 season with a again harm, he’s wholesome going into 2022. If Hunter and Smith can each keep wholesome all through the season, Minnesota is a nice wager to have a top-10 protection. It can even assist to have veterans like six-time Pro-Bowl FS Harrison Smith, All-Pro MLB Eric Kendricks and eight-time Pro Bowl CB Patrick Peterson.
Rest assured, Hunter can be a huge focus for opposing offensive traces. He is likely one of the nice, forgotten edge-rushers in the league. In a division with Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers, Minnesota will want all the assistance they’ll get on protection.