Back in July, the Bengals gave Sam Hubbard a four-year, $40 million contract extension.
At the time, many questioned the move, envisioning Hubbard as a rotational piece and not a reliable pass rusher.
This season, though, the Cincinnati native has proven his coaches and front office right by having his best season yet.
Sam Hubbard is quietly putting together a nice year for the Bengals:— Andrew Russell (@PFF_AndrewR) December 14, 2021
45 QB Pressures (5 shy of career high, T-15 in the NFL)
7.5 Sacks (2 shy of career high)
10.3% Run Stop Rate (T-7th in the NFL)
Local Ohio kid has turned into a core piece of really good defense. Awesome. pic.twitter.com/NESdptM6NZ
Hubbard has been stout in the run game (as expected) with a 10.3% run stop rate, which ranks seventh in the league.
You can't leave Sam Hubbard unblocked on these jet sweeps. pic.twitter.com/woKsrqyfkP— Mike (Sans) (@bengals_sans) December 7, 2021
But he’s also fifteenth in the NFL with 45 quarterback pressures. And he has 7.5 sacks, which ties him with four other places for 20th in the league.
Another late rotation from the Bengals defense. This time it makes Ben hold the ball before getting tripped up for a sack by Sam Hubbard. pic.twitter.com/jP4qjIumZZ— Mike (Sans) (@bengals_sans) November 30, 2021
This week, against the Denver Broncos, the Bengals will need Hubbard to be at his very best to slow down Javonte Williams and a strong interior offensive line. You can watch our preview of that game below:
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