There is no question that one of the more talked about training camp battles is between Stephen Hauschka and sixth round draft pick Tyler Bass. It is fairly uncommon for the starting kicker to be one of the training camp battles to draw this much attention but the Bills don’t have many starting jobs up for grabs.
This offseason veterans have a bit of an upper hand due to the limit practice time and the absence of preseason games. It would make sense for coaching staffs to lean on veterans rather than rookies when they aren’t able to fully evaluate them.
The kicker position is unique in that it is almost as much mental as it is physical. A kicker can have the strongest leg in the league but if he can’t handle pressure situations late in games, he won’t last long in the NFL.
Now this is not to say that is the case for Tyler Bass but it is hard to replicate those situations in practice. This is why if Stephen Hauschka can show he has gotten some leg strength back during training camp, he could hold off the rookie for the starting job.