After Jacksonville Jaguars punter Matt Turk kicked a 22-yard punt that gave the Bengals excellent field position and set them up for their game-winning drive, the Jaguars decided to look for somebody else to punt the ball. They cut ties with the 43-year-old punter, who was in his 17th year in the league, on Tuesday and signed a player that Bengals fans may be familiar with -- Nick Harris.
Harris, who is 10 years younger than Turk, made his professional debut with the Cincinnati Bengals in 2001. He was drafted by the Denver Broncos in the fourth round of the 2001 draft but was released before the season. The Bengals picked him up on waivers before the season began. Harris was the Bengals' punter for the 2001, 2002 and 2003 seasons (he only played five games in the '03 season) before he was replaced by Kyle Larson in 2004.
While with the Bengals, Harris 39.6 yards per punt average, which is slightly over three yards shorter than what Bengals current punter, Kevin Huber has averaged in his career so far as a Bengal (43 yards per punt).