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June 14, 2020 02:28 PM
Bills' Stephen Hauschka: Still the frontrunner
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Special teams coordinator Heath Farwell confirmed recently that Hauschka will enter the summer as the team's top kicker, but rookie Tyler Bass will have a chance to unseat the veteran in an open competition, Maddy Glab of the Bills' official site reports. "He's had a lot of big kicks over his career, a history of good kicks in big games in the playoffs," Farwell said in reference to Hauschka. "He was four for four last year. He is still the guy and it's up to Tyler to beat them out."

Hauschka has been Buffalo's kicker for three seasons, and while he's lost some accuracy and leg strength from his Seattle days, he's done fairly well in a tough climate, especially on pressure kicks. Coach Sean McDermott also values leadership, which Hauschka provides. That said, Bass has a booming leg and is the rare kicker that actually got drafted (the Bills picked him in the sixth round in April), so it's a competition not to be dismissed. Perhaps with the extra roster flexibility rules for 2020, the Bills might even be sold into keeping two kickers -- Hauschka for anything inside 50 and Bass for long kicks and kickoffs. The longer some of the pandemic rules affect summer workouts and training camps (there's even talk of two preseason games instead of the usual four), the better Hauschka's chances of keeping his job.

April 25, 2020 07:44 PM
Bills' Stephen Hauschka: Competition looms
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Hauschka will have some competition when the Bills are able to take the field ahead of the 2020 season after the team selected kicker Tyler Bass out of Georgia Southern in the sixth round of this weekend's draft.

Hauschka struggled mightily for the first part of last season, but he finished strong by hitting his last 21 kicks (15 field-goal attempts and six extra-point attempts) if you include a fantastic performance in the wild-card loss to the Texans. Given his long track record in the NFL and standing with the Bills, he's almost certain to enter the 2020 season as the camp favorite. But the Buffalo brass is all about competition and isn't one to waste draft picks, so the fact that Bass is a sixth-rounder and not an undrafted free agent means Hauschka will have to earn his starting job in 2020, even if he'll enter camp as the incumbent.

January 5, 2020 02:12 AM
Bills' Stephen Hauschka: Not to blame for wild-card loss
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Hauschka made all four of his field-goal attempts -- from 40, 40 38 and 47 yards -- and his only extra-point try during Saturday's overtime wild-card loss to the Texans.

Plain and simple, the Bills choked this game away after building a 16-0 lead, but if it wasn't for Hauschka there wouldn't have even been an extra period. Starting in Week 14, Hauschka has been perfect on all of his kicks (15 field-goal tries and six extra-point attempts), so whatever was affecting his normal accuracy earlier in the season has dissipated, while the 47-yarder to tie the game in the final seconds of regulation was incredibly clutch. Given his long track record in the NFL and standing with the Bills, he's almost certain to enter the 2020 season as the camp favorite.

December 21, 2019 11:36 PM
Bills' Stephen Hauschka: Rock steady
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Hauschka made his only field-goal attempt -- a 35-yarder -- and both extra-point tries during Saturday's loss to New England.

The five points was perhaps about what was to be expected -- even if Hauschka was going to be perfect Saturday -- as the Pats and Bills are two of the league's best teams at not giving up much in the way of points. Hauschka has been flawless the last three games and has turned a rough season around. He gets a nice matchup to end the season if the weather holds up, as the Bills host the Jets in Week 17. That said, weather is no sure thing this time of year in Buffalo, and the Bills are locked into the No. 5 seed and could rest some key players in the finale.

December 16, 2019 12:32 PM
Bills' Stephen Hauschka: Solid on SNF
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Hauschka made a 36-yard field goal and two extra points in Sunday's 17-10 win over the Steelers.

Hauschka connected on every try for a second straight week, and he's made his last seven field goals from within 40 yards. The 34-year-old kicker is trying to get his numbers up, though, as he's made 19 of 25 kicks (76 percent) this year, which is his worst rate since the 2009 campaign. The Bills travel to New England in Week 16.

December 9, 2019 12:12 PM
Bills' Stephen Hauschka: Perfect in Week 14 loss
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Hauschka made all three of his field-goal attempts -- from 36 yards, 47 and 48 -- in Sunday's loss to the Ravens. He did not have an extra-point try.

The Bills needed to go for two on their only touchdown, but Hauschka was the beneficiary of his team having trouble finishing off drives against a tough opponent, nailing all three of his tries. Hauschka took the blame for a close loss to Cleveland in Week 10, but he's made 10 of 11 since then, including two longer attempts Sunday. The veteran may have figured things out after a prolonged rough stretch this season, but we'll note the Bills finish at Pittsburgh and at New England before finishing with a possible rough-weather home game against the Jets.

December 9, 2019 10:52 AM
Bills' Stephen Hauschka: Perfect during loss
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Hauschka connected on all three field goals in Sunday's 24-17 loss to the Ravens.

Hauschka has drilled his last nine kicks under 50 yards by converting tries from 36, 47 and 48 yards. The 34-year-old is having a tough year overall, however, as he's made 18 of 24 tries (75 percent). He'll look to keep up his recent success against the Steelers in Week 15.

December 2, 2019 10:48 AM
Bills' Stephen Hauschka: Misses two kicks
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Hauschka made two of three field goals and two of three extra points in Thursday's 26-15 win over the Cowboys.

Hauschka was good from 26 and 41 yards, but he failed to make a 50-yarder. The veteran kicker has struggled from 50 and beyond this year with just one conversion on five attempts, but he's been superb from within, drilling 14 of 16. Hauschka will look to get back on track against the Ravens, who haven't allowed more than 20 points since Week 5.

November 26, 2019 12:40 AM
Bills' Stephen Hauschka: Nails all four kicks
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Hauschka connected on two field goals and two extra points in Sunday's 20-3 win over the Broncos.

Hauschka disappointed by missing two field goals in a 19-16 loss to the Browns in Week 10, only to bounce back over the last two games by drilling all five field goals and six extra points. The veteran kicker still rings up at a career worst 13-for-18 (72 percent), and he's made just one kick over 50 yards on four tries. The Bills travel to Dallas on Thursday, so Hauschka should benefit from the dome environment for the first time this year.

November 18, 2019 12:04 PM
Bills' Stephen Hauschka: Bounces back in win
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Hauschka made all seven of his kicks in Sunday's win over Miami -- four extra points and field goals from 51, 34 and 21 yards.

This was quite the bounce back after Hausch Money wasn't so money in the previous tight loss to the Browns, missing two key field goals in a tight loss. Hauschka also broke a string of five straight missed kicks from 50-plus yards. The veteran appears to have figured some things out, though we'll see if he gets another game free of weather issues when the Bills host the Broncos in Week 12.

November 11, 2019 02:00 AM
Bills' Stephen Hauschka: Misfires prove costly
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Hauschka missed both of his field-goal tries during Sunday's loss to the Browns, a short one from 34 yards and a game-tying attempt from 53 yards out on the Bills' last-minute drive.

Hauschka did make both of his extra-points tries, but this was not one of his better days as a pro and the misses cost his team the game. While his 62 percent rate on field goals isn't getting the job done, Hauschka -- who's in his third season with the team -- has built up quite a bit of cred with coach Sean McDermott, who gave his veteran kicker a vote of confidence following the game. Next week's game in Miami looks like one of the last weather-friendly games left on the Bills' schedule.

November 4, 2019 01:40 AM
Bills' Stephen Hauschka: Perfect in expected win
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Hauschka made his only field-goal attempt -- a 42-yarder -- and all three extra-point attempts during Sunday's win over Washington.

Volume has been an issue for Hauschka as the Bills continue to look for more offensive pop under second-year quarterback Josh Allen, with Hausch Money having zero or one attempts in three of the last four games. And while the Bills have had trouble scoring, making matters worse is that they've been incredibly effective when they have reached the red zone, converting an eye-popping 15 out of 21 red-zone trips into touchdowns. Hauschka's 39 points on the season currently puts him 26th among all kickers.

October 28, 2019 03:48 PM
Bills' Stephen Hauschka: Costly misses in loss
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Hauschka missed his lone field-goal attempt and made one of two extra-point tries during Sunday's 31-13 loss to the Eagles.

Hauschka's ugly Week 8 performance came during extremely windy conditions, so there's little reason he can't be counted on for his usual superior accuracy going forward, barring more bad-weather games like this one. Still, a lack of consistent opportunities makes it difficult to trust Hauschka each week, though the Bills do get a juicy matchup heading into a Week 9 matchup against Washington.

October 21, 2019 11:28 PM
Bills' Stephen Hauschka: Flawless in win
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Hauschka made all three field-goal tries and both extra-point attempts during Sunday's win over Miami.

Hauschka had his best game of the year in Week 7. The veteran kicker hasn't been a reliable fantasy option for much of the season -- before Week 7, he had converted just four of six field-goal attempts across five contests -- so he'll be somewhat difficult to trust against the Eagles in Week 8.

October 8, 2019 02:24 AM
Bills' Stephen Hauschka: Converts both attempts
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Hauschka connected on both extra-point attempts in Sunday's 14-7 win over the Titans.

Hauschka wasn't called upon much in this contest, as the Bills converted on both of their red-zone trips and failed a fourth-down attempt on the Titans' 31-yard line. Nevertheless, Hauschka was perfect in limited action, and he should have plenty of work on tap when the lowly Dolphins travel to town after Buffalo's upcoming bye week.

October 1, 2019 09:12 PM
Bills' Stephen Hauschka: Misses another field goal
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Hauschka missed one of his two field-goal attempts but made his only extra-point try in Sunday's 16-10 loss to the Patriots.

Hauschka converted from 46 yards on his first kick, but went wide left on a 49-yarder as the first-half clock expired. The veteran has now missed a field goal in back-to-back games, restricting him to 20 points on the season.

September 23, 2019 03:16 PM
Bills' Stephen Hauschka: Misses kick in win
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Hauschka made two of three field-goal attempts and converted his only extra-point try during Sunday's 21-17 win over the Bengals.

Hauschka's first miss of the season came on a 62-yard field-goal try at the end of the second quarter. The veteran kicker boasts reliable accuracy, but Buffalo's offense doesn't always provide him with enough opportunities to be a top fantasy option.

September 16, 2019 12:56 PM
Bills' Stephen Hauschka: Drills every extra point
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Hauschka made all four extra points in Sunday's 28-14 win over the Giants.

The veteran kicker remains perfect this season, converting all six extra-point attempts and his only field-goal attempt -- a 43-yard try in Week 1.

September 9, 2019 03:36 PM
Bills' Stephen Hauschka: Makes lone field goal
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Hauschka made his lone field-goal attempt and both extra-point attempts in Sunday's 17-16 win over the Jets.

Hauschka made only three of five field goals in the preseason but nonetheless received a two-year extension in late August, and he looked just fine in Sunday's season opener. The 34-year-old's only field goal Sunday came from 43 yards. The Giants await the Bills in Week 2 after surrendering 35 points to the Cowboys.

August 28, 2019 03:28 PM
Bills' Stephen Hauschka: Lands extension
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Hauschka inked a two-year contract extension with the Bills on Wednesday, James Palmer of NFL Network reports.

Hauschka is coming off an inconsistent 2018 season, in which he made only 22 of 28 field goals and 25 of 26 extra points, but coach Sean McDermott still appears confident in the veteran's starting capabilities and has locked him up for the foreseeable future. The 10-year veteran notched only 91 points last season, the lowest full-season total of his career, but his arrow seems to be pointing up with an improved Bills displaying new weapons.

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