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Bengals have three players from the Cincinnati area on 2019 roster

Three Bengals hail from Queen City:

The Bengals have three players — LB Preston Brown, DE Sam Hubbard and P Kevin Huber — who grew up in Greater Cincinnati. Brown, who grew up in College Hill and attended Northwest High School, is in his second year with the Bengals in 2019. He spent his first four NFL seasons with the Buffalo Bills. After signing with Cincinnati as an unrestricted free agent in March of 2018, Brown called the opportunity “living out a dream.” “When I started looking around (in free agency), I knew there might be a spot here,” Brown said. “And the Bengals definitely jumped to the top of my list when I found out they had interest in me as well.” Brown’s first Bengals season came to an end on Nov. 20, when he was placed on Reserve/Injured due to a knee injury. He ended the year with 42 tackles and two INTs in seven games played. Hubbard, a Moeller High School alum and former Ohio State standout, is now in his second season with the Bengals. A third-round draft pick (77th overall) in 2018, Hubbard went on to make a significant impact as a rookie, recording six sacks, two passes defensed, a forced fumble, and a fumble recovery for a TD that helped seal a win vs. Miami. “It’s insane,” Hubbard said after being drafted by his hometown Bengals. “Seeing that 513 area code pop up on my phone on draft day was just incredible. To get an opportunity to represent the city of Cincinnati one more time, and to do it for the pro team in this city, is a dream come true. I watched every game the Bengals played. I was there when Carson Palmer got hurt in the playoff (in the 2005 season). I’ve just always been a big fan.” Huber, an Anderson Township native and alum of McNicholas High School and the University of Cincinnati, was a fifth-round draft choice of the Bengals in 2009. He has played in all but two games over his career in Cincinnati, and he currently stands as the Bengals’ career leader in both gross (45.08) and net (39.79) punting average. Huber and his wife, Mindi, have been active in the local community throughout his Bengals career. The couple started their own charity, The Foundation for Underserved Rescues, which “provides resources and support to underserved Cincinnati-area animal rescues.” It should also be noted that the Bengals have two rookies this season with rookie G Michael Jordan was born in Fairfield, Ohio, just outside of Cincinnati, but attended high school in Michigan. Rookie S Tyree Kinnel is also from Southwest Ohio. Kinnel is a native of Huber Heights (outside Dayton) and attended Wayne High School.

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Already a considerable presence in the Bengals’ record book, P Kevin Huber in 2018 helped solidify his place in team history by taking over first place in two more Bengals career punting categories. In Game 6 vs. Pittsburgh, Huber passed P Lee Johnson (32,196) for most career punting yards in Bengals history. Huber is now up to 34,618 career punting yards. Johnson played 11 seasons (1988-98) for Cincinnati, while Huber in 2018 played his 10th. In Game 12 vs. Denver, the 10th-year pro passed Johnson (746) for most career punts. Huber is now up to 768 career punts. Huber has particularly excelled throughout his career at pinning opponents inside the 20-yard line. In 2016, just his eighth season, Huber passed Johnson (186) for most inside-20 punts in team history. He’s now up to 266 career inside20 punts. Huber also owns the franchise’s all-time best ratio of inside-20 kicks to touchbacks (4.3-to-1, with 266 inside-20s and 62 touchbacks). Huber’s other top accomplishments with the Bengals include: ● He is the franchise leader in career gross average (45.08) and net average (39.79). ● He holds the top four Bengals season averages in gross yardage and the top five Bengals season averages in net. His gross record is 46.84, and his net record is 42.10 — both were set in 2014. ● He shares the team record for longest punt (75 yards) with Kyle Larson. ● His 33 inside-20 punts in 2012 is a single-season franchise record. ● His six inside-20 punts on Sept. 14, 2017 vs. Houston are tied with Lee Johnson (Nov. 2, 1997) for the most in a game in Bengals history. Huber was an initial-ballot Pro Bowl selection in 2014 and also was named first-team All-Pro by The Sporting News that year.