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Monday, October 12, 2015

Cincinnati Bengals Kicker, Punter & Snapper News

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October 11, 2015 - Mike Nugent kicks OT game winner over Seahawks
"While the rest of the 65,004 fans at sold-out Paul Brown Stadium held their breath and bent their bodies Sunday afternoon as they watched the ball continue to hook on a 42-yard journey that ended with a clank off the left upright before falling through to lift the Cincinnati Bengals to a 27-24 overtime win, Nugent held his gaze downward, directed at the spot where he had just swung his right foot. 'My coaches have been extremely patient with me, so I wanted to make sure I had a good week and I kept my head down a lot this week,' said Nugent, who had missed two of previous three kicks before Sunday. 'Looking up at the ball is not going to change what it does,' the Centerville High School product continued. 'I might as well keep my head down and keep everything nice and fluid. As I looked up, it hit the upright. And lucky enough it hit it on the right spot.' It was the second big kick of the game for Nugent, who also drilled a 31-yarder as time expired to force overtime." - Dayton Daily News

September 3, 2015 - Tom Obarski kicks game winner over Colts
"Tom Obarski made his final preseason kick count. Now he’ll wait anxiously to see if he’s done enough to give veteran Mike Nugent the boot. The rookie from Concordia-St. Paul, a small school in Minnesota, made a 28-yard field goal with 2:49 to go Thursday night, and the Bengals defense kept Indianapolis out of the end zone to hold on for a 9-6 victory in the preseason finale." - Lima

May 2, 2015 - kicker Tom Obarski signed
Undrafted kicker Tom Obarski out of Concordia-St. Paul was signed following the draft.

March 8, 2015 - kicker Mike Nugent re-signed to 2-year deal
"The agreement keeps Nugent from hitting the free agent market when the new league years starts on Tuesday. The Centerville native will make $2 million each of the next two seasons with $250K each year tied to incentives. The deal serves as a rise for Nugent, who made $1.5 million average per year on his previous two-year contract. Nugent, who turned 33 last week, experienced a roller-coaster season in 2014. After starting the year missing six of his first 17 kicks, including a would-be game-winner in the final seconds of overtime against Carolina, Nugent went on to only miss once in his final 17 attempts. His only miss came from 50 yards out on a cold night in Pittsburgh the final week of season. Nugent also connected on a 57-yard field goal in the playoff loss to Indianapolis. He's connected on 82.2 percent of his field goals during five seasons in Cincinnati." -

January 4, 2015 - Mike Nugent kicks second longest playoff field goal
"Kicker Mike Nugent connected on the second-longest field goal in NFL history when he hit a 57-yard field goal on Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts in an AFC Wild Card Game at Lucas Oil Stadium. Nugent's field goal with 10 seconds left in the second quarter caromed off the right upright and trickled in to close the Colts' lead at halftime to 13-10. Nugent, who had missed all three of his previous attempts from 50 yards or beyond this season, was swarmed by a number of his teammates after making the field goal. Former Dolphins kicker Pete Stoyanovich holds the NFL record for the longest field goal in postseason history. On January 5, 1991, Stoyanovich hit a 58-yard field goal in the Dolphins' 17-16 win over the Chiefs." - WPTZ

December 23, 2014 - punter Kevin Huber named to Pro Bowl
"Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis said in a press release, 'As for Kevin, it’s an honor well deserved and maybe just a little late in coming. He has been outstanding for us for several years. We ask Kevin to do special things with the ball. He doesn’t get the opportunity like some guys to just stand back there and boom the ball as far as he can every time'.... Huber, from McNicholas High School and UC, ranks fifth in the NFL for gross punting average (46.7) and fourth in net (43.0). He's tied for ninth in differential between inside-20 kicks and touchbacks (plus-21 at 27-6). With a gross of 44.6 and a net of 39.7, he's the franchise's career leader." - WCPO

December 14, 2014 - Mike Nugent kicks after loss of father; awarded game ball
"It was only Wednesday but Mike Nugent's week had already been a long one. Death is the final reality of life but there is nothing short or easy it, especially when you've lost a parent.
Daniel Nugent passed away last Monday of a sudden heart attack. He was 66 years old. He was the one who would talk with his son after every game, giving Mike the praise or maybe the criticism he was due. He would've given his son plenty of praise Sunday after the Bengals beat the Cleveland Browns 30-0 at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mike Nugent made all three of his field goal attempts against the Browns, from 44, 44 and 34 yards away. His consistently deep kickoffs were part of the reason the Browns had an average drive start of their own 20-yard line. 'Today, he would say 'Those two 44s, you hit great,' said Nugent after the game while a picture of him and his dad sat in his locker. 'He'd ask 'What did you think in warmups,' because sometimes I'll get out there and miss a long one and have to re-do it and he'll be like "Really? You could have hit that 53 a little better. It was always really fun to hear his side of warmups'.... The Bengals had excused Nugent from being at practice or at the facility for as long as he needed. While he gathering the things he would need for the next couple of days, he decided to stop by the workplace. He went to Paul Brown Stadium, along with Emily as well as his brother Kevin and sister-in-law.  'I had to call and make sure they could leave the balls out for me because I got there a little later,' said Nugent. 'Mr. Brown turned the lights on for me, so it was nice that I got to do that'." - Fox Sports

October 12, 2014 - kicker Mike Nugent: "worst ball I ever hit"
With two seconds left in overtime, Mike Nugent lined up for a 36-yard field-goal attempt that would have given the Bengals the win over the Panthers at Paul Brown Stadium. The Bengals had to settle for a 37-37 tie... 'I didn't even have to look up, I coulda told you it didn't even hit the net,' Nugent told reporters after the game, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer's Paul Dehner. 'Probably the worst ball I ever hit in a game in my career. It was horrible.' Despite the miss, Nugent says he remains confident. 'I never get worried about confidence,' he said. 'I don't think I'd be playing for 10 years if I had an issue with confidence. Just the moment, right now, just a lot of disappointment ... It's just really tough to see my coaches and see my teammates after a game like that. ... Tomorrow's gonna be a tough day facing everybody but this is a great locker room, great coaches, great players and great people. It's just very difficult to see a '1' at the end of our record. ... A lot of people say, 'Hey, it's just one play in the game,' but as a kicker it's your biggest play of the day so it's tough to think otherwise'." - CBS

October 6, 2014 - coach not worried about kicker Mike Nugent
"Since the blocked kick against the Ravens, Nugent has converted only three of seven, with the longest conversion at 31 yards. When asked during Monday's presser if the team is looking at other kickers, Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis relayed he isn't worried. 'Marvin says he has no qualms with Mike Nugent. The 52-yard miss got knocked down by wind, he contends. Lewis thought he kicked fine'. Nugent is eight for 13 on the season, already surpassing the total number of misses in 2013 (four), 2012 (four) and matching the five missed kicks in 2011." - Cincy Jungle

September 18, 2014 - kicker Mike Nugent overcompensates
"I really did a bad job not learning from the first miss,' Nugent said. 'It was a great ball.  I couldn’t believe I missed it. Usually the process is I ask myself, ‘What did I do wrong and how can I fix it?’ Usually when I hit a nice straight, smooth ball and it misses, it’s just in my alignment.  I wasn’t where I was supposed to be. Instead of just saying I had a great warmup and hit it well and that I just pushed it, I pulled the next two and let the push get to me.' Throw in the block in Baltimore and Nugent already has four misses at 6-for-10, matching his 18-for-22 last year and 19-for-23 in 2012. But he had never missed three field goals before in his 109 previous games and he says it won’t play on his mind. 'Not at all. I hit the first one Sunday,' Nugent said. 'You just have to watch the film, sit in the room with the guys, and learn what you did wrong. You just have to fix it for this week'." - Bengals

September 14, 2014 - kicker Mike Nugent misses three five field goals in win over Falcons
"He had never missed three field goals in a game before Sunday's sudden case of the shanks and hooks. Not in the 109 previous NFL games he played had he been that inaccurate. Not in the four years he spent at Ohio State, either. Plain and simple, Nugent's misses don't come in the bunches that they came in during the Bengals' 24-10 victory over the Atlanta Falcons. His coach, Marvin Lewis, knows that and made it known that he still believes in his veteran kicker. 'I know he'll be better next time out,' Lewis said. 'That's the one good thing about Mike. He's such a pro.' Lewis was asked if he knew what contributed to Nugent's poor performance. The coach said he didn't know. Nugent, who normally speaks with reporters after every game, good, bad or otherwise, wasn't in the locker room when the media was allowed in Sunday.... With respect to the missed kicks, Nugent missed from 38, 49 and 55 yards. The second miss took a bizarre sharp angle left of the goal posts after first appearing to go straight through off Nugent's right foot. The third field goal try fell just short and to the left of the uprights. Nugent's only make was a 31-yard attempt; his first of the game." - ESPN

September 7, 2014 - kicker Mike Nugent hits five field goals in win over Ravens
"Sunday turned out to be a day of football redemption for Bengals kicker Mike Nugent. A year after Nugent missed a makeable field goal in Baltimore that may have cost the Bengals a victory, he tied his career high for makes in the first half alone, then made a touchdown-saving tackle on an attempt the Ravens blocked in the second half. In last year's 20-17 overtime loss in Baltimore, the Ohio State product missed a 42-yard field goal in regulation, which ostensibly would have won the game. On Sunday he connected on all five attempts in the first half: 49, 22, 28, 46 and 38 yards. They provided the Bengals with a 15-0 halftime lead. 'I don't like thinking or talking about the past, but I had a really bad game when we came here last year and it was on my mind,' said Nugent, who also kicked five field goals in five attempts against the Ravens in his second game ever with the Bengals in 2010. 'I kicked off bad, hit a short one (32 yards) and missed one where I just played the wind terribly. I should have hit it better. I needed this ... after that." - Chillicothe Gazette

August 25, 2014 - kicker Quinn Sharp released
"Sharp converted two field goals, including a 51-yarder against the Cardinals on Sunday. Of the five leaving Cincinnati on Monday, he may find a home the soonest. And by releasing him on Monday, rather than waiting for a non-existent competition to settle, Quinn will have ample opportunities to find something soon." - Cincy Jungle

July 25, 2014 - punter Kevin Huber passes test
"It was nothing like punting in a game with a full-scale rush bearing down on him, but Bengals punter Kevin Huber passed his first test Thursday afternoon after being cleared by doctors to practice. 'That was the first time since Pittsburgh that I was actually behind the punt team,' Huber said Friday. 'At first it was a little uncomfortable, with a lot of moving parts. I felt a little rusty, but after a couple of reps I settled into it and it was fine. It's not the same as a game. I think I'll be all right, but you have no way of knowing until I actually get in the situation'." -

July 24, 2014 - punter T.J. Conley waived
"The Bengals also waived punter T.J. Conley, a second-year player from Idaho. Conley had been signed by the Bengals as a free agent this offseason to backup up Kevin Huber during camp." - Cincy Jungle

May 27, 2014 - punter Kevin Huber participates in OTAs
"Injured punter Kevin Huber attended the workout. Each took part in the stretching and warm-up period of the practice. Huber was the only one of the four who had his jersey on, and who actually participated in the rest of the practices. He spent much of the day punting across the field from sideline to sideline." - ESPN

April 25, 2014 - punter Kevin Huber, mental side of recovery
The hardest part of Huber's rehabilitation process is the part that he's beginning now: the mental stage. Now that his jaw is fully healed and he's long been out of the neck braces he wore as precaution for the cracked vertebra in his neck, it's all about blocking out the hit itself and going out and fearlessly performing the way he did before the collision. 'I've definitely thought about that and how I am going to act in the situation,' Huber said, reflecting on his first in-game punt. 'I can tell myself now, 'Oh, I'll be fine,' but you don't really know until you're in the situation.' His first chance to kick against 11 players not wearing stripes will be Aug. 7 when the Bengals travel to Kansas City for their preseason opener.... As Huber prepares himself for his first live punt, he contends he won't shy away from playing the way he used to. He thinks he'll still be going after tackle attempts if situations warrant them. 'I'm sure I'm going to have to be because otherwise [special-teams coordinator] Darrin [Simmons] will probably yell at me,' Huber said, laughing. 'I don't have very many tackles in my stat book, but I'll still try.' He has two, for the record." - ESPN

April 21, 2014 - Kevin Huber to resume punting
"Kevin Huber has gained back the 15 pounds he lost while his jaw was wired, forcing him to drink his meals. He no longer wears a neck brace to help a cracked vertebra heal. The Bengals punter is nearly back to normal after recovering from one of the most painful hits of the 2013 season. Pittsburgh's Terence Garvin blocked Huber during Antonio Brown's 67-yard punt return for a touchdown last December, hitting the punter's chin with the top of his helmet. Huber broke his jaw and had to have surgery to wire it in place. He also cracked a vertebra, which healed without surgery. Huber said on Monday that he's still limited in his weightlifting workouts, but he's getting ready to return to a full kicking routine. 'I've started getting back into swinging the leg some,' he said. 'I haven't had full kicking sessions yet, but I'm going to start trying to get back into that here pretty soon'." - News & Observer

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April 16, 2014 - punter T.J. Conley signed
"Kevin Huber isn’t going anywhere, but the Bengals signed a punter Wednesday to share the load in training camp when they inked former Jet T.J. Conley after a tryout at Paul Brown Stadium. The 6-3, 215-pound Conley has played just one season in the NFL since the Jets signed him as a free agent of Idaho in 2009. But that 2011 was a good one. Conley’s 38.8-yard net average was the highest in Jets history and his plus-26 differential on inside-20s to touchbacks was tied for third in the NFL. Yet he didn’t hook on with the Jets in 2012 or the Browns in 2013 during the preseasons.... By all accounts Huber is on track to have a normal spring and preseason after last year ended for him in the 13th game with a broken jaw and hairline fracture of the cervical vertebrae in Pittsburgh. Huber, 28, is heading into his sixth season just a year removed from setting the club season records for gross and net punting to earn a multi-year extension after the 2012 season." - Bengals

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