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Kevin Huber looks to set Bengals franchise marks this season

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Huber has played in Cincinnati for his whole life so far, and will continue to do so for at least a few more years.

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Not only has Kevin Huber played in Cincinnati for his whole professional career—and his new contract will make sure he does at least until 2021—but he has been kicking footballs in the Queen City his whole life.

Born and raised in Cincinnati, he attended high school and college there as well. The Bengals drafted him in 2009 and have seen him become one of the best punters in franchise history in that decade. The Cincinnati native has played more games for the Bengals than anyone else on the team, and will continue to hold that distinction for the foreseeable future.

Kevin Huber

Height: 6’1”

Weight: 210 pounds

College: Cincinnati

Hometown: Cincinnati, OH

Experience: 10th-year player

Cap Status

This season, Huber will earn $2.3 million between his salary and all of his bonuses, per Spotrac.com. If the Bengals cut him, they will owe $1.05 million in dead money. This is the beginning of the third contract for Huber and the Bengals.

Background

Huber is one of three Cincinnati natives on the roster, along with Preston Brown and Sam Hubbard. Unlike the others, however, Huber played college ball in the Queen City.

He played for Archbishop McNichols High School from 1999-2003 before heading ten miles east to the University of Cincinnati. He redshirted in 2004, but played for four years from 2005-2008. He was drafted by the Bengals in the fifth round of the 2009 draft and is one of only two players in franchise history to play high school, college, and professional football in Cincinnati; the first was running back Clem Turner, drafted in 1969. However, Turner only lasted one year with the Bengals.

Not including his redshirt year, Huber’s nine years with the Bengals combined with his college and high school days makes this is 18th season playing football in Cincinnati.

The field-flipping specialist is only three punts away from second-most all time and only 49 away from most all-time in Bengals history. Not only is he on pace to reach both of those marks, but he is on pace to do it in fewer games than those ahead of him. He currently ranks second all-time in yards, but is the franchise leader in average yards per punt.

The tenth-year punter is trying for his second Pro Bowl since 2014 when he averaged a franchise record 46.8 yards per punt. Last season he hit career highs in punts and yards, and broke the franchise record in yards, which he set in 2011.

The Bengals would like to see him punt way less in 2018, but they know they have a reliable leg when they need it.

Roster Odds:

Since Huber is the only punter on the 90-man roster, there is no competition for his spot. There is no way he gets cut; the only way he doesn’t make the 53-man roster is if he suffers a season-ending injury in the preseason and he ends up on injured reserve. But he’s been extremely durable for nearly his entire career *knocks on wood*.

Roster odds: 99.9 percent