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Cincinnati Bengals Release Punter Shawn Powell; Sign Punter Zoltan Mesko & TE Kevin Brock

January 1st, 2014 at 7:00 AM
By Devon Williams

A 10-yard shank ultimately cost punter Shawn Powell his job on Tuesday as the Cincinnati Bengals officially announced his release. Instead, the team has opted to go with a punter with a bit more experience for the playoffs, signing Zoltan Mesko to replace him.

Mesko, a four-year NFL veteran who was originally drafted in the fifth-round of the 2010 NFL Draft by the New England Patriots, most recently played for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

In 55 career games, Mesko has punted the ball 209 times, averaging 43.9 yards per punt (40.3 net). For his career, he also pins the ball inside of the 20-yard-line 35.4% of the time, but that number had dropped all the way to 8.8% in seven games with the Steelers.

In addition to signing Mesko, the Bengals have also placed tight end Alex Smith on season-ending Injured Reserve (IR) with a dislocated a wrist. To replace him on the 53-man, the team has signed tight end Kevin Brock.

Depending on how injuries at the tight end position shake-out to end the week, Brock could be immediately thrown into the fire and used in the H-Back position with Orson Charles.

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Tags: Alex Smith, Cincinnati, Cincinnati Bengals, Football, Kevin Brock, New England Patriots, NFL, Pittsburgh Steelers, Shawn Powell, Zoltan Mesko

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