The Cincinnati Bengals are expected to sign kicker/punter Tristan Vizcaino, according to NFL reporter Tom Pelissero.
The #Bengals are expected to re-sign kicker/punter Tristan Vizcaino, pending a physical and COVID-19 tests, per source.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) July 29, 2020
Vizcaino was in camp there last year. Competition, but also a backup plan in case one of their veteran specialists tests positive, since Vizcaino can do both.
Vizcaino (6-2, 202), a first-year player by way of the Washington Huskies, was signed by the Bengals last summer after spending time with the New York Jets during minicamp. He even hit a 61-yard field goal during a minicamp practice.
The highlight of Vizcaino’s brief stint in Cincinnati was hitting a 57-yard field goal and two extra points in a preseason win over the Washington football team.
Vizcaino failed to make the 53-man roster and wasn’t signed by a team during the 2019 season. He did sign a futures contract with the Dallas Cowboys but was waived this past April.
Because he doubles as a punter and kicker, Vizcaino will give the Bengals some emergency depth if kicker Randy Bullock or punter Kevin Huber go down with an injury or illness. But unless one of those two goes out with something serious, Vizcaino is likely competing for a spot on the expanded practice squad, which can now hold 16 players.