Bills release veteran kicker Stephen Hauschka in favor of rookie

Jason Owens
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The Buffalo Bills announced on Thursday that they have released veteran kicker Stephen Hausckha.

Hauschka, 35, has kicked 12 seasons in the NFL, the last three with the Bills. Buffalo will instead turn to rookie Tyler Bass, a sixth-round pick out of Georgia Southern in April’s NFL draft.

Hauschka’s performance dropped last 2 seasons

Hauschka connected on 22-of-28 field goals in each of this last two seasons, a career-low 78.6 percentage since he became a full-time kicker in the NFL in 2011. He connected on just 1-of-5 attempts beyond 50 yards in 2019. Prior to joining the Bills, he spent most of his career with the Seattle Seahawks and their friendlier home environment for place kickers.

Veteran NFL kicker <a href="" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Stephen Hausckha" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Stephen Hausckha</a> is on the job market. (AP/Adrian Kraus)
Veteran NFL kicker Stephen Hausckha is on the job market. (AP/Adrian Kraus)

Bass connected on 54-of-68 (79.4 percent) of his field goals and 114-of-116 extra points at Georgia Southern, including 20-of-28 field goals (71.4 percent) during his senior year.

The Bills also released punter Lachlan Edwards, leaving third-year veteran Corey Bojorquez as the only punter on their roster.

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