On Wednesday, Buffalo Bills general manager Brandon Beane met with the media to discuss the season and look ahead to the offseason. He touched on a number of topics, including a potential change at punter next season.
The Bills made a change last offseason when they decided to not bring back Corey Bojorquez, who had a career year in 2020, and instead sign former Miami Dolphins punter Matt Haack to a three-year deal.
Unfortunately, the first year in Buffalo did not go smoothly for Haack. He was never known for having a strong leg but finished the year 25th among qualified punters with an average of only 42.9 yards per punt. Haack also struggled with accuracy and had the second most touchbacks in the league with seven.
Brandon Beane says Buffalo Bills will look at punters this offseason
The Buffalo Bills appear like they will be going back to the drawing board and according to general manager Brandon Beane they will be looking at punters this offseason. When asked about Matt Haack, he said:
"“Inconsistent year. He had his ups and downs. Matt’s a great kid, he worked hard. It just didn’t always translate.”"
Beane went on to discuss why they didn’t make a change and it was due in large part to not affecting Tyler Bass, who had an excellent season, by changing out a holder during the season.
After discussing Haack, Beane gave a simple answer about whether or not he would look at the position this offseason and said, “Yes.”
While Beane said they will look at the position, it doesn’t necessarily mean they will make a change. Most years, the Buffalo Bills would bring in a second punter to either compete for the starting job or handle the extra work during preseasons.
This year, even with Haack under contract for two more years, the Bills could be bringing in someone with a focus on competition.