Bengals Film Room: Jeff Gunter impresses in his debut

With a ton of young talent, the defensive line is the most competitive group in Cincinnati Bengals training camp.

Friday night, Jeff Gunter did not make life easier for those responsible for determining the final list in Cincinnati. The team’s seventh-round pick this season, Gunter has made some great plays for the Bengals defense.

Gunter is #93 at the bottom of the screen.

Although he failed to make the tackle, Gunter made it extremely difficult for the Cardinals to execute this run play. He immediately drove deep into the backfield, leaving the runner with no choice but to head straight for the sideline.

Gunter has a great ball burst and has actually been flagged for leaving the ball a little too quickly on one play.

Gunter is #93 at the bottom of the screen.

This clip is pretty typical of Gunter’s performance as a rusher against the Cardinals. He has a great flurry from the edge, but is not able to get past the top. It doesn’t matter, because that’s not how he wins. The Bengals have players like Trey Hendrickson, Sam Hubbard and Joseph Ossai who can do it. Günter is different. He is better in motion. His speed will help him shoot inside gaps or loop inside to make play.

Let’s take a look at a few rooms where he did just that.

Gunter is #93 at the bottom of the screen.

Fellow rookies Zach Carter and Gunter execute a twist on this play. Carter (95) lines up inside, but on the snap he runs wide into the B gap and draws the block from the offensive tackle.

Gunter takes two hard steps up the field, then on his third step he cuts inside. The guard, trying to get free for a screen, trips him up a bit, but overall it’s a well-executed stunt.

It shows exactly how defensive coordinator Lou Anarumo can put Gunter in situations he can win and make him a valuable rotational piece for that defensive front.

Gunter is #93 at the bottom of the screen.

This is another example of Gunter performing a twist.

This time the guard picks it up, but watch out for Gunter’s feet. He stomps his foot, almost like a wide receiver crashing into a road, as he cuts inside.

Gunter is #93 at the bottom of the screen.

Gunter’s only sack of the night wasn’t a stunt. He was rushing to the outside, but when he saw the quarterback tuck the ball in to run down the middle, Gunter disengaged and made the tackle. It was a great realization and commotion from the rookie.

His performance in the team’s pre-season debut created some buzz around Gunter. With a young and talented group of defensive linemen showing up for camp, making the final cut will be an uphill battle, but Gunter did his best in the prime-time spotlight. He showed what he does best and how he can be a valuable and productive member of this defensive unit.

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