That didn't take long.
Barely had Shawn Powell's 10-yard punt been fielded by the fans in the stands last Sunday against Baltimore then the Bengals cut him and signed seasoned postseason punter
With heavy preparation beginning Wednesday for the Chargers in Sunday's Wild Card game at Paul Brown Stadium (1:05 p.m.), the Bengals opted for Mesko's playoff experience with the Patriots in the last three straight postseasons that includes the last two AFC title games and the Super Bowl loss to the Giants following the 2011 season.
The Bengals also signed an emergency tight end in first-year
The 6-5, 230-pound Zoltan had six punts inside the 20 with no touchbacks in two playoff games last year and in his six postseason games he has nine inside-the-20 and two touchbacks to go with a 40.1 net average.
Although Zoltan, 27, didn't work out with the group that converged on PBS Dec. 17 in the wake of
The Steelers cut Mesko after the first seven games, when he averaged 42.5 yards on 34 punts, with a 36.7 net, three inside-20s and two touchbacks. He punted seven times in the Steelers 20-10 loss at PBS on Sept. 16 with no touchbacks and no inside the 20s, but his net was nearly 43 yards with the Bengals generating just 17 yards of returns.
His career line: 44.2 yards average on 175 punts, with a 39.2 net, 71 inside-20s and 14 touchbacks.
And, Mesko is used to the weather. In last year's AFC championship game in New England, it was 41 degrees, but the wind gusted to 28 miles per hour. In 2011 at Foxboro, it was 29 degrees. If the Bengals beat the Chargers this Sunday, they go to Foxboro.
Small world. That's where Mesko made his NFL debut against the Bengals in the 2010 opener.
While there seems to be optimism that tight ends
The Bengals also signed a kicker/punter they knew Tuesday when they inked