The Cincinnati Bengals have designated longtime starting punter Kevin Huber as an inactive player ahead of today’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. He’s a healthy scratch.
His place will be taken by Drue Chrisman, who battled for the spot during training camp but barely lost out to the current franchise record holder for games played.
But Huber’s history with the Bengals isn’t enough to overlook the team’s struggles on special teams this season.
Bengals’ opponents start on their own 29-yard line on average. That’s good for the 11th-worst mark in the NFL. They’re consistently put in a bad position. The team ranks 31st in the NFL in hidden points gained via special teams as measured by Football Outsiders.
Earlier in the week, Zac Taylor discussed the potential change for Cincinnati’s special teams.
“We’re not getting out of it what we need to get out of it, in terms of flipping the field,” said the Bengals HC. “It’s something we’ll take a look at over this bye week and try to figure out what the best thing is going forward.”
Taylor’s coaching staff is hoping for a change with Chrisman in the lineup. At Ohio State, the young punter was named a Second-team All-Big Ten in his final year in college.
Fun fact: Chrisman spent two days with the Steelers in 2021 so you could call it a revenge game (not really).
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