Harris has been paragon of reliability as Bengals long snapper and is in his eighth Cincinnati season in 2016 ... Since signing as a free agent in October 2009, has played every game (including postseason) and has had no unplayable snaps ... His 116 consecutive Bengals games played (including postseason) is tops on Cincinnati’s opening training camp roster ... Regular-season and postseason snap total now is at 1068 (561 punts, 508 place kicks) ... Had career-best five special teams tackles in 2015, moving him to 20 for his career, plus five in postseason.
Career transactions: Selected by Green Bay in seventh round of 2007 NFL Draft (243rd overall) ... Signed with Packers on 6-20-07 ... Waived by Packers on 9-1-07 ... Signed to Packers practice squad on 9-4-07 ... Released from Packers practice squad on 9-11-07 ... Signed to Detroit practice squad on 11-28-07 ... Signed to Lions roster on 12-31-07 ... Waived by Lions on 5-19-08 ... Re-signed with Lions as free agent on 8-19-08 ... Waived by Lions on 8-31-08 ... Signed to Houston practice squad on 9-17-08 ... Released from Texans practice squad on 9-30-08 ... Re-signed to Texans practice squad on 11-4-08 ... Signed to Texans roster on 12-3-08 ... Waived by Texans on 9-5-09 ... Signed to Texans practice squad on 9-30-09 ... Released from Texans practice squad on 10-6-09 ... Signed with Cincinnati as free agent on 10-13-09 ... Re-signed with Bengals on 3-8-13.
2016 highlights: Has played in Games 1-4, snapping successfully for 21 punts and 19 place kicks.
Previous seasons: 2007—Did not play in regular season, opening with Green Bay practice squad and finishing Detroit practice squad. 2008—Opened preseason with Detroit, then spent time on Houston’s practice squad before being signed to Texans’ roster ... Played in Games 13-16 for Houston and handled all long snapping duties ... Made NFL debut Dec. 7 at Green Bay and snapped for game-winning FG. 2009—Spent time on Houston’s practice squad before signing with Cincinnati ... Played for Bengals in Games 6-16, plus Wild Card playoff, and handled 105 snaps (44 placekicks, 61 punts). 2010—Had no unplayable deliveries for Bengals on 135 snaps (72 punts and 63 placekicks) ... Downed two punts on Dec. 12 at Pittsburgh, including one at Steelers eight-yard line. 2011—Played in all 16 games and in Wild Card playoff, handling all 169 long snaps (94 punts and 75 placekicks) ... Three special teams tackles — one Sept. 11 at Cleveland, one Dec. 4 at Pittsburgh and one Dec. 11 vs. Houston ... Also had a special teams stop in Wild Card game on 1-7-12 at Houston. 2012—Played in all 16 Bengals games, plus Wild Card playoff, with 142 successful snaps (81 punts, 61 placekicks) ... Four special teams tackles ... In wins Sept. 30 at Jacksonville and Nov. 18 at Kansas City, delivered tight-angled, accurate snaps on fake punts to upback Cedric Peerman, aiding successful fourth-down conversions and setting up Bengals TD later in each drive ... Two special teams tackles Sept. 10 at Baltimore ... On Dec. 2 at San Diego, downed a punt at Chargers four, helping set up field position for fourth-quarter comeback win. 2013—Played in Games 1-16 and in Wild Card playoff, with 155 on-target snaps (78 punts and 77 place kicks) ... Three special teams tackles ... On Oct. 20 at Detroit, downed punt at Lions six-yard line late in fourth quarter, helping set up field position for eventual game winning FG. 2014—Played in Games 1-16 and postseason, with 155 successful snaps (81 punts, 74 place kicks) ... Led team with three special teams tackles in Wild Card playoff on 1-4-15 at Indianapolis ... Teamed with CB Dre Kirkpatrick to down a punt at one-yard line on Sept. 14 vs. Atlanta. 2015—Played in Games 1-16 at LS, and set a personal career-high in special teams tackles (five) ... Also played in Wild Card playoff ... One special teams tackle on Sept. 27 at Baltimore, two on Dec. 20 at San Francisco, one on Dec. 28 at Denver, and one on Jan. 3 vs. Baltimore.
College: Was a standout TE at Rutgers in addition to handling long-snapping duties ... Three-time first-team All-Big East selection ... Played 48 games from 2003-06, with 42 starts ... Finished career ranked sixth in program history in receptions (143) and receiving yards, and tied for seventh in TDs (11) ... Caught a pass in 38 straight games, registering what was third-longest streak in Big East history ... Had five career games of 100 or more receiving yards.
Personal: Hometown is Manahawkin, N.J. ... Attended Southern Regional High School ... Married (wife Jessica) with a son, Trent ... Hobbies include video games, golf, basketball and water sports.
NOTE ABOUT NFL EXPERIENCE: Harris did not earn an accrued year of experience toward NFL free agency in 2007 or ’08 because he was not on a 53-player roster, a Reserve/Injured list or a Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform list for the required minimum of six games in either season.
Since Clark Harris arrived to help rescue the AFC North title in a snap in October 2009, he has been gold Jerry gold.
The Bengals went a long way in shoring up a special teams unit that finished first in the NFL's top 10 major categories when they signed record-breaking punter Kevin Huber and flawless long-snapper Clark Harris to long-term deals.