The Bengals released Nugent on Tuesday. Those clamoring for a change of kickers in Cincinnati finally have closure in that department. After hitting his first 15 extra-point attempts of the season, Nugent has fallen apart from the longer distance in the interim, missing six of his last 14. In order to shore up the position, Randy Bullock will take over place-kicking duties.
The Bengals will not work out any other kickers this week. This despite yet another extra-point miss by Nugent, again to the right side. The takeaway from this can be either that the Bengals don't think that there's a better alternative out there, or that they've just given up trying.
The Bengals will stick with Nugent for Week 12's game against the Ravens, ESPN.com reports. Nugent's two costly misses weren't enough for him to lose his job, in part because the Bengals looked at the free agent market and found it wanting, much as they did two weeks ago.
Nugent missed both extra point attempts in Sunday's Week 11 loss to the Bills, both going off to the right. The misses were extremely costly - the Bengals were down four points on their final drive and got to the Bills' 30 yard line, but only had time to throw it up for grabs on the last play, rather than attempting a potential game-winning field goal. Nugent's other missed extra-point on the season came in the London game against the Redskins, in which they might have instead won instead of going into overtime. Two weeks ago the team tried out other kickers, but opted to stick with Nugent. He might not be so lucky this time.
Nugget missed a 51-yard field goal attempt and an extra point in the Bengals' Week 8 tie against the Redskins. The missed extra point was especially costly, as it allowed the Redskins to tie the game late in the fourth quarter with a field goal. It was his first missed extra point this season, but Nugent is now 14-for-19 on field goal attempts. All five misses have been from 40 yards or longer.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|3||09/24||@Green Bay Packers||22||7.95|