Bengals Banter: Talking Vontaze Burfict, & the Kicker Conundrum

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Nov 25, 2012; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals kicker Mike Nugent (2) kicks a field goal during the second half against the Oakland Raiders at Paul Brown Stadium. The Bengals defeated the Raiders 34-10. Mandatory Credit: Frank Victores-USA TODAY Sports

 

 

One of the more undeerated storylines of the offseason is which kicker will the Bengals re-sign: Mike Nugent or Josh Brown? Despite missing the end of the 2012 season with a calf injury and losing his job to Brown, Pro Football Focus believes the Bengals should re-sign Nugent, who they ranked the third-best free agent kicker in the league:

Although his field goal percentage of 84.2% doesn’t look great, he was perfect on kicks within 40 yards. While he is not one of the few kickers that is extremely accurate at long kicks, his average kickoff distance of 67.8 yards is the best of the free agent group, and that is a number that stays more consistent than field goal percentage. He is coming off an injury which might be a concern, but since the Bengals liked what they saw from Josh Brown, Nugent might be the most readily available good kicker.

 

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