After drafting kicker Tyler Bass, Hauschka was put on notice by Bills fans. Beane again, much like with Murphy, stood up for his current player. While mentioning his struggles from 50 yards or more, he believes Hauschka is very steady from closer range. His biggest advantage though comes from his experience and clutch kicks. The Bills know the pressure moments of kicking are hard to replicate in practice, but they will try their best to see if Bass can handle those moments.
Enter Bass. This kid has a strong leg. I challenge you to YouTube his highlights and not come away impressed. It was telling from Beane that Bass was drafted over other players as he believed he had a better chance of making the roster as opposed to draft picks at other positions. That was a clue right there that the job is open for the taking. Beane was determined in brining in competition this offseason and he didn’t want to wait for the undrafted free agent process.
Should Bass not make the team keep an eye out for Kaare Vedvik. While he was brought in earlier this offseason to compete at punter, Beane mentioned his ability to compete on long field goals and handle kickoff duties.
With Hauschka last season converting only 78% of his field goals and 1 for 5 from 50+, it’s easy to see why the Bills were eager to bring in competition. Don’t forget also his measly 58 percent touchback rate. Additionally, cutting Hauschka will save the Bills roughly $1.5 million, according to Over the Cap.
For a team that is looking to score more points on offense leaving potential points on the field due to your kicker is something the 2020 Buffalo Bills don’t want to experience.