Stephen Hauschka is the kicker for the Buffalo Bills. This seems to be all but a certainty. So, why bring in a second kicker for training camp? Imagine being the only person in your personnel group. Imagine taking each and every rep involved. Then, imagine what would happen if you were injured.
In the latest installment of our “90 players in 90 days” series, we look at a player who made some waves in minicamp, but who faces a nearly impossible scenario when it comes to making the final roster.
Name: Tyler Davis
Height/Weight: 5’10” 192 lbs.
College: Penn State
Draft: Entered the league as an undrafted free agent following the 2018 NFL Draft, signing with the Buffalo Bills
Financial situation (per Spotrac): Davis signed a three-year contract worth $1,710,000. In 2018, he will carry a salary cap hit of $480,000 if he makes the final roster. None of the money in the contract is guaranteed.
2017 Recap: After a strong junior season which saw him earn All-Big Ten honors, Davis struggled mightily in 2017. He was only 9-for-17 on field goals, only making 2 kicks longer than 40 yards.
Positional outlook: Stephen Hauschka is Buffalo’s kicker. Davis is auditioning should Hauschka suffer an injury or another team around the league is looking to change kickers.
2018 Offseason: Davis hit a 64-yard field goal to close day two of the team’s mandatory minicamp. Otherwise, little has been written about the undrafted rookie.
2018 season outlook: Barring something unforeseen happening, Davis will be cut and Hauschka will remain Buffalo’s kicker in 2018. The Bills may choose to stash him on their practice squad, as he definitely has an NFL-caliber leg. However, it’s unlikely that the team will absorb the $2.25 million dead cap charge that would come with cutting Hauschka after the veteran put up excellent numbers in his first year with the Bills. Davis could parlay a strong camp and preseason into a job elsewhere, however.