Bengals Special Teams Members Have Been Working Out Together

According to The Cincinnati Enquirer's Joe Reedy, Bengals special teams members long snapper Clark Harris, kicker Mike Nugent and punter Kevin Huber have been working out together at the University of Cincinnati.

"We pretty much just said hi and tried to abide by the rules," Harris said. "I told him (Lewis) we've been kicking a little bit and that's about it."

This news came during Marvin Lewis' charity golf event in which five players, including Harris, Nugent and Huber, were allowed to meet and socialize with their coaches. Lewis could see that Huber had been working on his punting by his golf game.

Huber, who is a pretty good golfer, took some friendly ribbing from Lewis during the contest.

As he stepped up to hit a shot Lewis noted that this was his chance to see if Huber had been working on his golf game or his punting.

When the shot went a little off target, Lewis said he was happy to see it was punting.

It's nice to see the special team guys working together in the offseason. Huber and Harris' roles are likely cemented on the team but it's unclear as to whether or not Nugent will be the opening day kicker. Before he went on IR last season with a knee injury, he kicked in nine games, making 15 of 19 field goal attempts, his longest being 54 yards, and he went 17 for 17 on extra points made. 

However, when he got hurt, the Bengals signed rookie kicker Clint Stitser who went 7-8 on field goals and 8-10 on extra points. 

Both Stitser and Nugent are on the Bengals' roster right now. Nugent is set to make $640,000 while Stitser is set to make $405,000 in 2011. It's likely that the Bengals would only keep one of the two kickers to save some money in order to re-sign guys like Johnathan Joseph or Cedric Benson or to sign a veteran quarterback. 

Hopefully Nugent is healthy enough and has practiced enough that the job is his. If not, the Bengals will either need to stick with Stitser or find somebody else.

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