Hauschka missed his only field-goal attempt Thursday against the Colts, a 34-yard attempt. Hauschka also barely snuck in an extra-point try while going 2-for-2 on PATs for the night. He's been a staple for the Bills the last two seasons, but after struggling badly down the stretch in 2018 -- he missed at least one field-goal try in the last four games he had an attempt -- he should probably start showing more consistency if he wants to remain a no-brainer decision for coach Sean McDermott again. Chase McLaughlin is in camp, and while the rookie doesn't pose much of a threat, you never know if Hauschka keeps missing,
Hauschka appears to be at 100 percent despite report of an ankle injury Wednesday, Matthew Fairburn of The Athletic reports. Hauschka was spotted Wednesday with a wrap on his left ankle, but apparently this is a practice the kicker employs regularly and isn't a cause for concern. While reports surfaced that he missed practice due to injury, it turns out he was merely just working with his private kicking coach. Multiple members of the Bills coaching staff have relayed that there are no longer issues related to the injury he battled near the end of last season.
Hauschka did not practice Wednesday due to an apparent left ankle injury, Matthew Fairburn of The Athletic reports. The severity of Hauschka's injury remains uncertain. As long as the veteran remains sidelined, Chase McLaughlin stands to handle reps with the first team. Assuming Hauschka is able to resume practicing without missing much time, it's unlikely that McLaughlin will make a push for the starting job.
Hauschka finished the season making only 22 of 28 field goals and 25 of 26 extra points. Hauschka finished No. 18 among all kickers in standard fantasy scoring, but that's not all that strong considering a number of teams had midseason kicker switches. The 78.6 percent field-goal success rate was the worst Hauschka's posted since the 2009 season, as he was stifled by a team that spent a good part of the season unable to move the ball, a shuffling of holders, and a hip injury. It'd be highly unlikely the Bills move on from him, as he as great for the team in 2017 and some of the issues in 2018 were out of his control. With Josh Allen heading into his second year and the Bills having all kinds of cap money to continue rebuilding the offense (and perhaps a more stable situation for his holder), things should be on the upswing for the veteran kicker heading into 2019.
Hauschka made two of his three field-goal attempts in Sunday's loss to New England. Hauschka has been dealing with a hip injury the past couple weeks but has played through the issue. He's missed a couple kicks between 40 and 49 yards the past three weeks after being perfect from that range for a majority of the season. He's hitting a career-low 81 percent on field goals this season (22-for-27), which could in part be due to his hip injury, especially since he surprisingly had a 43-yard attempt fall short Sunday. He'll look to finish the year strong against the Dolphins in Week 17.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|1||09/08||@New York Jets||31||9.00|
|2||09/15||@New York Giants||30||8.63|
|4||09/29||New England Patriots||10||6.58|
|16||12/22||@New England Patriots||10||6.58|
|17||12/29||New York Jets||31||9.00|