Oct 20, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers punter Zoltan Mesko (4) looks on from the sidelines against the Baltimore Ravens during the third quarter at Heinz Field. The Steelers won 19-16. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
It looks as though the Shawn Powell experiment is over after the punter failed to show he could be a reliable punter for the Cincinnati Bengals after losing Kevin Huber to a fractured jaw.
They’ll now look to former Pittsburgh Steelers and New England Patriots punter Zoltan Mesko to handle those duties.
Prior to being cut this year by the Steelers, Mesko was ranked last in the AFC with a 42.5 average per kick and was coming off a terrible performance in the Steelers’ 21-18 loss to the Oakland Raiders in which Mesko had one of his seven punts travel 30 yards, while another was blocked and helped set up a Raiders’ touchdown.
Mesko was drafted by the New England Patriots in the fifth round (150th overall) of the 2010 NFL Draft, and punted 58 times. 19 of those were downed inside the 20, while five were touchbacks.
Mesko finished his rookie season with a net punting average of 38.4 yards, the highest net average for a rookie in NFL history.
But the Bengals simply lost confidence in Powell after he averaged a mere 34.7 net punting average in two games, including a 10-yard punt Sunday that helped set up a Baltimore Ravens touchdown, their lone TD of the game.