The Cincinnati Bengals have reached a decision on one of their critical training camp battles. Punter Drue Chrisman was one of the team’s very first cuts on Tuesday morning ahead of the 4 p.m. deadline to have the roster at 53 players.
The #Bengals are going with Kevin Huber at punter. They are cutting Drue Crisman, per league source.— Mike Kaye (@mike_e_kaye) August 30, 2022
That means it’s Kevin Huber back at punter on special teams. Bengals fans should be excited about the news for one big reason. Barring any unexpected injury, a franchise record will be broken in Week 1.
Huber is tied with legend Ken Riley for the most games played in franchise history. Both Bengals sit at 207 games played with Reggie Williams filling in the podium with 206 of his own.
For a punter, a games-played record might sound dramatic but sticking around in an NFL roster since 2009 is a remarkable feat. Not to mention, since entering the league he’s only missed two games.
The entire Bengals’ “Big 3” on special teams will remain the same after the team released long snapper Cal Adomitis. It’s two long-time veterans a young sensation as Cincinnati’s special teams unit.
The #Bengals operation is back for another run.— Paul Dehner Jr. (@pauldehnerjr) August 30, 2022
Punter/Holder: Kevin Huber (14th year)
Snapper: Clark Harris (14th year)
Kicker: Evan McPherson (2nd year)
The Bengals need to get to 54 players ahead of the NFL’s roster deadline. Instead of 53, Cincinnati gets an “extra spot” because of Jessie Bates doesn’t have to be activated until September 6th. Until he is, he has a roster exemption per the league’s CBA.
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