Bengals 2013 Training Camp Preview: Punters

David Kohl-US PRESSWIRE

We're kicking off our position-by-position breakdown heading into training camp on July 25.

POSITION(2): Kevin Huber, Quinn Sharp

ADDITIONS

Quinn Sharp

DEPARTURES

None

THE OPENING

No on really gives much thought to the punter. Think back last season and aside from maybe a couple bad punts, you don't remember too much about the Bengals punting game. That being said, the Bengals have the luxury of a pretty good punter in Kevin Huber. A Cincinnati native, people love rooting on the home town boy and have enjoyed a good amount of success with his kicks.

THE CAST

Kevin Huber averaged 46.6 yards per punt. Huber had 37 punts downed within the 20-yard line and only seven touchbacks in 2012, which helped the Bengals defense pin opposing offenses back, giving the offense good field position. He also led the NFL in punts downed inside the 5 yard line.

At Oklahoma State Quinn Sharp earned All-America honors as a kicker and punter, led the nation in touchbacks in four straight seasons and his career 45.9 yards/punt average led all NCAA players in 2012, also setting a school record. Sharp converted 84.7 percent of his field goal attempts, second among active players in the NCAA last year.

THE EXPECTATION

After signing a 5 year 14 million dollar deal in the offseason, there is no secret that Kevin Huber is the Bengals punter. The only competition he faces is the dynamic ability of Quinn Sharp. I think Sharp makes his challenge more in the place kicking duties, but the fact is, he is a pretty outstanding punter also.

This is not going to be an outstanding story line in camp this season and as fans we hope to get the same level of play from Huber that we have enjoyed since 2009.

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