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Career GP/GS: (114/59); 2008: (11/11/0/1)
NFL CAREER – Signed as a free agent with the Tennessee Titans on Sept. 29, 2009. He signed as an unrestricted free agent with the New Orleans Saints in 2007 after a productive six-year stint with Cincinnati, Kaesviharn started three games in his first season with New Orleans while providing top-quality depth and contributing on special teams. He appeared in all 16 contests, posting 36 tackles and eight pass defenses while serving primarily in secondary packages with an extra defensive backs. Over the previous six years with the Bengals, Kaesviharn recorded 15 interceptions, 357 tackles, six sacks, a pair of forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries. When not in the starting lineup for the Saints, he brings proven depth to the secondary, having started 48 of 103 games in his career, including 36 at safety and 12 at cornerback. Though now an established pro, Kaesviharn took the long road to NFL success, spending several stints on Cincinnati’s practice squad and signing his first NFL contract four years after his college career ended following stops in the Arena Football League, and the XFL. A three-year starter at Augustana (S.D.), Kaesviharn’s last name is pronounced “CASE-vih-harn.”
2009 (13/0/0/0): Signed as a free agent on Sept. 29, 2009 … Posted 13 tackles, a quarterback pressure and a pass defensed … Finished tied for fourth on the team with 11 special teams tackles … Tied for the team lead in special teams tackles twice in 2009 (vs. BUF, at IND).
at Jacksonville (10/4): Made his Titans debut as a reserve on special teams. Indianapolis (10/11): Registered a solo special teams tackle on coverage units. at New England (10/18): Saw action on special teams. Jacksonville (11/1): Saw limited action as the dime back in the Titans’ 30-13 victory … Registered a special teams tackle on coverage units. at San Francisco (11/8): Notched a solo special teams tackle on coverage units in the Titans’ 34-27 victory. Buffalo (11/15): Saw action as a defensive back in dime packages and notched two solo tackles in the Titans’ 41-17 win … Tied for the team lead with four special teams tackles on coverage units. at Houston (11/23): Served as the team’s dime back and registered two solo tackles in the Titans’ 20-17 Monday Night Football victory … Fair caught all four punts as the team’s punt returner. Arizona (11/29): Saw action as the dime back and recorded three tackles, a pass defensed and a quarterback pressure in the Titans’ 20-17 come-from-behind victory … Broke up a pass intended for Early Doucet early in the second quarter. at Indianapolis (12/6): Saw action as a reserve at safety and registered two solo tackles … Recovered an onside kick late in the fourth quarter … Collected a solo tackle on special teams coverage units. St. Louis (12/13): Saw action as the team’s dime back and on special teams in the Titans’ commanding 47-7 victory … Collected two solo special teams stops on coverage units. Miami (12/20): Saw limited action as the dime back and posted a solo tackle in the Titans’ 27-24 overtime win. San Diego (12/25): Saw limited action as the dime back and notched a solo tackle … Collected a solo stop on special teams coverage units. at Seattle (1/3): Saw limited action as the dime back and registered a tackle in the Titans’ season-ending 17-13 victory.
2008: vs. Tampa Bay (9/7): Started at free safety and recorded seven tackles (six solo). at Washington (9/14): Made his 50th career start and tallied six tackles (four solo). at Denver (9/21): Posted eight tackles and a pass defense from his starting free safety spot and added another stop on special teams. vs. San Francisco (9/28): Recorded his first interception as a Saints, picking off a J.T. O’Sullivan pass in the end zone and added six tackles and a pair of pass defenses in the win over the 49ers. vs. Minnesota (10/6): Made five tackles (four solo) from his starting free safety position. vs. Oakland (10/12): Inactive with a back injury. at Carolina (10/19): Posted five tackles as he started at free safety. vs. San Diego (10/26): Recorded one tackle and a pass defense as he started at free safety and added another stop on special teams, the 50th of his career. at Atlanta (11/9): Led the secondary with nine tackles (six solo) from his starting free safety position. at Kansas City (11/16): Registered five tackles on defense and added another three stops on special teams. vs. Green Bay (11/24): Made five tackles and picked off an Aaron Rodgers pass in the end zone in the victory over the Packers. Also added two special teams tackles. at Tampa Bay (11/30): Started at free safety and made four tackles prior to leaving the game with a stinger. Placed on injured reserve with a neck injury, Dec. 4. 2007 – Played in all 16 games, starting three, and recorded 36 tackles (22 solo) and eight pass defenses…Added nine stops on special teams…Dec. 2 vs. Tampa Bay started in three-safety set and had a season-high nine tackles…Started at Atlanta, Dec. 10, and had four tackles and deflected a pair of passes in 100th career game…Set a career-high with five pass defenses vs. Arizona, Dec. 16, along with six tackles in third-straight start. 2006 – Led the Bengals with six interceptions, despite missing two games with a knee injury and starting only seven contests…Ranked fourth on the club with 11 pass defenses…Had 58 tackles and ranked third on the team with four sacks…Also had a forced fumble and five special teams stops…Three of his interceptions came in the end zone to thwart potential scoring drives, and two came in the fourth quarter to seal victories…Sept. 24 at Pittsburgh had an interception in the end zone with 22 seconds remaining with 22-yard return to ensure victory. Also recorded eight tackles and a forced fumble…Suffered knee injury vs. Atlanta, Oct. 29 and placed on inactive list the next two weeks…Posted nine stops (eight solo), an interception and 1.5 sacks at New Orleans, Nov. 19…Had a pair of INTs Nov. 26 at Cleveland, in addition to a sack and four tackles. 2005 – Started all 16 games in addition to Wild Card contest…Opened first three contests at strong safety and the rest of the season at free safety…Led defense in snaps played (958) and opened every game for the first time in his career…Tied for fourth on the team with 92 tackles (69 solo), posted a team-high three fumble recoveries, notched five pass defenses and had a sack…Made his first career opening day start Sept. 11 at Cleveland and had four tackles…Sept. 18 vs. Minnesota, had four stops, an interception and a fumble recovery…Notched six tackles and an interception at Tennessee, Oct. 16…Had an interception and three tackles vs. Buffalo, Dec. 24. 2004 – Played in 15 games with six starts… Started Weeks 2-3 at FS and Games 5-7 and 9 at SS…Sidelined Oct. 3, at Pittsburgh, due to back spasms, the first game he missed in four seasons…Ranked ninth on defense with 62 tackles…Tied for fourth with eight pass defenses, and had a three-yard fumble return at Cleveland, Oct. 17 for his first career TD…Added 11 tackles on special teams. 2003 – Played every game with six starts at strong safety and one at left cornerback…Led special teams in total snaps (312) and ranked fourth in tackles (13)…Had 59 tackles (40 solo) on defense, with four pass defenses, an interception and a sack…Started at LCB Dec. 7 at Baltimore, and had eight tackles (six solo) and an interception. 2002 – Played in every game and served as the third cornerback, starting six contests…Tied for team-high with two interceptions and led club with 13 pass defenses…Added 62 tackles…Had eight stops and an INT vs. Cleveland, Nov. 17…Posted a career-high 10 tackles Dec. 15 vs. Jacksonville. 2001 – Four years out of college, he was signed to first NFL contract on April 25 by Green Bay, but waived two days later…Signed Oct. 23 to Bengals practice squad, and wound up playing 10 games for Cincinnati, tying for team lead with three INTs …Started three games at LCB (Games 14-16)…In top performance, had a pair of interceptions and six tackles vs. Pittsburgh, Dec. 30…Signed Oct. 27 to Bengals 53-player roster, and made NFL debut for Bengals on Oct. 28 at Detroit…Waived by Cincinnati, Oct. 30, but re-signed to Bengals practice squad…Re-signed to Bengals 53-player roster Nov. 10…Returned first career interception 29 yards vs. Jacksonville, Dec. 9…Had two pass defenses and four stops in first NFL start, at Baltimore, Dec. 23…Played for XFL San Francisco Demons earlier in the year. 1999-2000 – Played for Iowa Barnstormers of Arena Football League, recording 133 tackles and 23 interceptions, along with three catches for 43 yards and a touchdown.
COLLEGE – Three-year starter and four-year letter winner from 1994-97 at Division II Augustana (S.D.)…Career totals of 167 tackles, 6 INTs and 34 pass defenses…Played in NCAA Division II all-star game after senior season.
PERSONAL – Hometown is Lakewood, Calif.…Had previously played in the Arena League and the XFL, but was working as a substitute teacher in Sioux Falls, S.D. before joining the Bengals in 2001…Lettered in football, track, soccer and basketball at Lakeville (Minn.) HS…Offseason residence is Sioux Falls, S.D....Married (wife Michelle), with a son, Kristian…Hobbies include hunting, fishing and golf…Full name is Kevin Robert Kaesviharn.
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