This preview will be a slightly different format. Special teams is a small group of players so instead of locks, bubble, and longshot, I will simply go with starter and cuts.
Reid Ferguson-Long Snapper
The first sign the Bills were ready to move on from Stephen Hauschka was when they attempted to claim their own former kicker, Chase McLaughlin, late in the season off waivers. The second sign was when they drafted Tyler Bass in the 6th round of this year’s draft. Tyler Bass blew up the Senior Bowl practices with his absolute Howitzer of a leg. Sadly, kickers never age gracefully in the NFL. Such is the case for Stephen Hauschka, hitting only 78% of his kicks the last two years, and hitting 1 of 5 from 50+ last season. Sean McDermott does not simply give jobs aways to rookie and Bass will have to take it from the vetern kicker, but it is hard to see Hauschka beating out the rookie.
Kaare Vedvik will also push Corey Bojorquez for his starting position in camp. Norwegian born Vedvik is a great story for training camp and averaged more yards per punt in college than Bojorquez. Bojorquez has been serviceable despite some inconsistencies and ranks in the top half of the league for punts inside the opponents 20. With the importance of field position, this is why he makes the team over Vedvik.