One of the last times we saw Bengals home-grown edge Sam Hubbard, he chased them into the Super Bowl when he chased down Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes backward in the dying moments of regulation. Meanwhile, his tag-team partner on the other side, Trey Hendrickson, finished off his career year with 3.5 sacks in the playoffs.
They haven’t missed a beat. They wrecked Thursday’s training camp practice with about six sacks between them, but Hubbard had a warning.
“Offense always takes a little bit longer to click than defense in every camp I’ve been in,” Hubbard said before Friday’s practice. “I know the coaches are going to get on them pretty good and they’re going to come out with a vengeance. It’s going to be a battle. We’re not resting on our laurels.”
Defensive line coach Marion Hobby believes foes better not rest on Hubbard’s ability to pass rush because his presence against the run is well known as Pro Football Focus’ 2021 tackling leader against the run among NFL edgers. He hears the word “underrated,” rusher and he shrugs.
“I take great pride in the run game. A lot of guys just want to rush the passer,” Hubbard said. “I think it’s vital to any defense to stop the run to earn the right to rush the passer. I love playing football. I love playing the run. I don’t care. I know what my coaches and teammates think. That’s all…