When the Cincinnati Bengals used an extra sixth-round pick in the 2023 NFL Draft on punter Brad Robbins, one of the big talking points was how impressive his hangtime was compared to others in the draft class.
It felt like a very calculated draft pick by the Bengals in that regard, given hangtime is one of current punter Drew Chrisman’s obvious weaknesses – which showed up at a particularly bad moment during last season’s AFC title game. Gave.
During practice in Cincinnati this week, Robbins stood out for exactly that reason, putting down perfect fast hangtime on some of his punts during practice.
Dan Hord caught the footage:
2. When #Bengal Drafted Punter Brad Robbins We’ve heard about his hang time and directional kicking ability… well, there you have it. I had about 5 seconds of hang time on my stopwatch when the ball was coming down in range close to the sideline pic.twitter.com/pxaW9irkYv
— Dan Hoard (@Dan_Hoard) May 23, 2023
In addition, Cleveland.com’s Mohamed Ahmed captured some of the other work Robbins did before the punter battle actually began this summer:
Working with special teams coordinator Darrin Simmons #Bengal Rookie punter Brad Robbins on placeholding.
Simmons said that a big reason he drafted Robbins was because he caught kicks at Michigan for new 49ers kicker and third round draft pick Jake Moody. pic.twitter.com/RE0zEuT1ER
– Mohammad Ahmed (@MohammadAhmadTV) May 23, 2023
Keep in mind that while Robbins is the subject of hype for fans, Chrisman is gearing up for that upcoming fight as well.