The easiest area to figure out ahead of the 2022 season for the Cincinnati Bengals is special teams. Everyone from last year’s AFC championship team is returning to their special teams role for the 2022 season.
Two of the Cincinnati Bengals‘ three postseason games were won on the foot of rookie kicker Evan McPherson earlier this year. Special teams was always ready to come in and win the game in a pinch if called upon.
Hopefully, this year should be a similar story for the stripes’ special teams units. It hasn’t changed from a season ago so the depth chart is pretty easy to predict, barring something unusual.
Let’s take a look at how the special teams depth chart could shake out.
All stats courtesy of ESPN
Long Snapper: Clark Harris
Reserve: Cal Adomitis
Long snappers don’t get any attention unless they screw up. Fortunately, Clark Harris doesn’t screw up very often and he’ll be returning for his 15th NFL season and 14th with the Bengals.
Some weren’t sure if Harris would return in 2022. He’s entering his age-38 season and got to play in a Super Bowl so it would have made sense if he decided to call it a career. Harris chose to return though, likely with the hopes that the team would get back to the Super Bowl and he could close out his career with a ring.
Behind Harris on the depth chart is Cal Adomitis, who signed with the team as an undrafted free agent. Adomitis is someone who could stick around on the practice squad but it’s also possible that another team snatches him away and uses him as their long snapper of the future.