Reality for the majority of the 46 players filling Paul Brown Stadium during this weekend’s rookie mini-camp is any 2013 contribution to the Bengals will come on special teams.

Many saw little action on special teams during careers as stars in college. Special teams coordinator Darrin Simmons uses this weekend to evaluate how these athletes could fit into a group looking to fill holes left by the departures of Dan Skuta (San Francisco) and Brian Leonard (Tampa Bay).

The two components he’s focused on during these five practices revolve around the ability to follow directions and showcase athleticism in space. Technique is expected to be far from perfect, but even in shorts without pads, the potential benefit catches his eye.

“I think it’s apparent,” Simmons said. “With some of these guys it really sticks out how good they look and how well they move. A lot of these guys are as advertised.”

For Simmons, the leader of the potential pack would be second-round pick Margus Hunt. The Estonian junior world champion in discus and shot put made a name for himself at Southern Methodist University utilizing his 6-foot-8 frame and freakish athleticism to set an NCAA record for most blocked kicks in a season (7) as a freshman.

Not much time has been spent practicing Hunt’s implementation this weekend, but Simmons doesn’t hide an excitement to tinker with blocking kicks.