The Bengals announced Tuesday that defensive end Margus Hunt had come off the physically unable to perform list. Hunt was present for the team's fifth day of training camp, wearing a helmet, but no shoulder pads after missing the first four days of camp. He opened training camp on PUP after re-aggravating a back injury during an offseason weightlifting session.
To this point in his NFL career, Hunt has yet to find his role in the Bengals defense, despite the unit having one of their worst pass rushes in recent memory last year. Hunt only played 187 snaps and generated eight QB pressures in 2014. This, after a dominant showing in the preseason that had some wondering if he was on the verge of becoming a star.
As it stands, Hunt has just 1.5 sacks in his two-year career and has played just 373 snaps during his Bengals career. If he can't show some improvement during training camp, there may be no room for him on the 53-man roster. Michael Johnson is back to play alongside Carlos Dunlap and Wallace Gilberry who will occupy most of the DE snaps.
Second-year lineman Will Clarke is expected to get more runs this year after playing 64 snaps as a rookie. Clarke was benefiting the most from Hunt's absence and MJ's injury early on in camp. It's probably safe to say if there was an official depth chart, Clarke would be ahead of Hunt on it.
At this point, Hunt certainly isn't a lock for the final roster and needs a good showing in camp to ensure he makes it onto the Bengals' 53-man roster in September.