Updated: 9:10 p.m.
The Bengals' kicking competition is officially on.
Kicking under the intense pressure of knowing a successful kick would cut short practice on the hottest day of the year,
"Yeah, I'm happy they hit them. I'd say 90 guys are happy," said specials teams coach Darrin Simmons. "It's a competition. ... This won't be the last one."
Both kickers hit all four of their tries, Rayner from 27, 30, 38 and 42, and Nugent from 30, 34, 42 and 46.
Simmons had no idea both were perfect because he only watched the last two kicks. That must mean things are going well in this post-Shayne Graham era.
“If I’m watching the snap, the hold and the kick, then we’ve got issues,” Simmons said. “That should be the last thing on my mind because I’m watching them individually kick for 30 to 45 minutes a day.”
Simmons is watching the protection because he can watch the kicks on tape. And even though these were just kicks to end a hot spring practice, don’t think it won’t be documented.
“You only have an X amount of opportunities. Nothing is guaranteed at any point,” Simmons said. “Anybody can get the plug pulled at any time. Anytime you get an opportunity to perform, you better perform.”
Both Nugent and Rayner figure to make the 80-man roster for training camp to continue the competition into a preseason that has one more game than usual with five.
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Joseph's low-key approach is in stark contrast to to the beehive of activity involving strong words and holdouts involvling many players heading into free agency. Joseph remembered how Ochocinco came to all the voluntary workouts in 2006 and 2007, but stopped coming the next season because of displeasure with his contract.
"Everybody is different. Not everybody has the same situation," Joseph said. "I'm just trying to have the best year I can have."
He said there isn't resentment in the locker room about The Ocho's voluntary absences.
"Everybody's grown men. It's mandatory and he's here. What more can you ask?"