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End Margus Hunt more than a 'Rocky' character, forging identity on Bengals line

Margus Hunt got compared to a Russian boxer from "Rocky IV" when he arrived in the NFL. Two preseason games into his second season, he's forging his own identity.

The 6-foot-8, 290-pound Estonian has made several highlight-reel plays during the Cincinnati Bengals' first two preseason games. He shoved Chiefs tackle Jeff Linkenbach aside with one arm to get to the quarterback, and pushed through the Jets line to drop a running back for a loss.

With his limited football experience, the Bengals gave their second-round pick a year to get acclimated. He's emerging as a regular in the Bengals' line rotation this year, helping to fill Michael Johnson's spot at the end of the line.

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