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Bengals sign Zoltan Mesko

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The Bengals are switching punters in advance of Sunday’s home wild-card game against the Chargers.

Cincinnati announced Tuesday it had signed former Patriots and Steelers punter Zoltan Mesko. He replaces Shawn Powell, whom the Bengals waived Tuesday after a two-game stint. Powell had filled for Kevin Huber, who is on injured reserve with a broken jaw.

Mesko, 27, was the Patriots’ punter from 2010 through 2012. New England waived him before the beginning of the 2013 season, and he signed with Pittsburgh, where he posted a 36.7-yard net average in seven games. The Steelers waived Mesko on October 29.

Mesko’s best season was in 2011, when he recorded a 41.5-yard net average in 16 games.

Powell averaged 34.7 net yards on seven punts for Cincinnati. In the season finale vs. Baltimore, Powell’s 10-yard third-quarter shank gave the Ravens excellent field position, and they capitalized by tying the game.

In another roster move Tuesday, the Bengals signed tight end Kevin Brock, who played in four games as a reserve for the Chiefs in the regular season. The 27-year-old Block effectively replaces Alex Smith, who was placed on injured reserve Monday.

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16 Responses to “Bengals sign Zoltan Mesko”
  1. israeli1981 says: Dec 31, 2013 5:25 PM

    See Steelers fans, now you guys have even more reason to root for the Bengals! Yay

  2. brewcrewchamps says: Dec 31, 2013 5:26 PM

    I want his name

  3. thegreatgabbert says: Dec 31, 2013 5:38 PM

    Good for Zoltan.

    Oh, and hey, did you hear about Aaron Rodgers?

  4. capegolfer says: Dec 31, 2013 5:40 PM

    Don’t mess with the Zoltan.

  5. whywerule says: Dec 31, 2013 6:21 PM

    Mesko was a good punter with the Pats, the Pats just lucked out into a good rookie punter this year. I am surprised, and only just now realized, it did not work out for Mesko with the Steelers.

  6. Nofoolnodrool says: Dec 31, 2013 6:23 PM

    Signing our cast offs won’t get your first ring…maybe your first post season win since 1938 ..or was 1983… Oh wait was 1993… Eons ago for you today’s is everything fans…..hahaha

  7. ericbleedspurple says: Dec 31, 2013 6:24 PM

    As a Raven fan I’m very happy for Marvin Lewis and the Cincinnati Bengals. Even though during the regular season I route against them, I do like this team. I want Marvin to get another ring under his belt because he was very instrumental in the Raven’s first ring. Cincinnati finally has a well balanced team. An elite defense and an explosive offense. The only kinks are the punter situation on special teams and and Andy Dalton. With a strong offensive line and very capable running attack he should be ok but like our quarterback he’s not consistent. The punter situation is being handled as best as possible. With that being said every team has it’s weaknesses. It’s up to opposing coaches to exploit them. Cincinnati has more strong points than most teams in the playoffs..

  8. gallopinggilmore says: Dec 31, 2013 7:27 PM

    This is good news. The 10 yd epic shank last week that ended up in the stands might have just been nerves but we don’t need to see it again in the playoffs.

  9. sungateman says: Dec 31, 2013 7:42 PM

    Everything is on the line now. We’ve got as good a team as any; let’s just avoid the bad luck and play hard. Who Dey!!!!

  10. harrisonhits2 says: Dec 31, 2013 8:25 PM

    Mesko is a good punter but not great. Every once in awhile he lays an egg and thats why the Pats let him go I think.

  11. benrob99 says: Dec 31, 2013 8:51 PM

    Mesko is awful… but on the bright side most people in cincy will be blacked out so they won’t have to watch him!

  12. dougydougdoug says: Dec 31, 2013 9:04 PM

    I think San Diego has a real chance. They played like limp towels the first meeting with the Bengals (not to mention the Chiefs, last week) – so it makes sense that they’re going to come out swinging, on Sunday. Regardless, it should be a great game!

  13. crownofthehelmet says: Dec 31, 2013 9:39 PM

    Keep your head on a swivel Mesko.

    – Huber

  14. crownofthehelmet says: Dec 31, 2013 9:42 PM

    “Ok Mesko, give me everything you know about the Steelers.”
    “Um, coach, we’re not playing the Steelers this week.”

  15. natijim235 says: Jan 1, 2014 2:18 PM

    hey crownofthehelmet we’re not playing the ravens either

  16. natijim235 says: Jan 1, 2014 2:19 PM

    memo to benrob99 – maybe you can watch the steelers this weekend…..oh wait

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