1. Kevin Huber
How important is holding?
That’s the question Darrin Simmons and the Bengals will answer by who they select as the punter for the 2022 Bengals. Drue Chrisman from Ohio State will be competing with the Cincinnati native Kevin Huber.
Huber is one game shy of the Bengals record for most games played. He was voted Captain by his teammates last season. His relationship and ability to hold the ball made Evan McPherson’s job even easier.
He is, however, on the decline in terms of actually punting the ball. Huber ranked 16th in yds/punt and punted less than any season in his career.
Despite less punting, Huber became inconsistent as the season wore on, and the playoffs showed an aging leg. He only averaged 42.1 yards on 16 postseason punts. Only averaging 42 yards a punt would be the worst average in the NFL.
Huber would be the best option for Evan McPherson in 2022, which gives him a cushion in the competition. He must avoid being a liability in camp with his leg, no shanks, no big mistakes. If he does that, he’ll end up with the most games played in franchise history.