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Report: Buffalo Bills tried to claim kicker Chase McLaughlin off waiver wire

The Bills may be in the market for a new kicker.

The Buffalo Bills may be fed up with Stephen Hauschka’s missed field goals. On Wednesday, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported that the Bills put in a waiver claim on kicker Chase McLaughlin. He was awarded to the Indianapolis Colts based on their worse record.

McLaughlin was in camp with the Bills and performed well all offseason before being among the final cuts. He was 3-for-3 in the preseason including a made 54-yarder in addition to being 5-of-5 on his extra points.

In May, I picked McLaughlin as the UDFA most likely to make the roster in 2019 as Hauschka was coming off a down season. Little did I know it would come this close to happening in December.

After McLaughlin’s release, he spent time on the Minnesota Vikings’ practice squad before spending the month of October on the Los Angeles Chargers as an injury replacement. A week later he signed with the San Francisco 49ers when their kicker was injured. He was waived when Robbie Gould returned this week.

In his seven NFL games, he’s 13-of-17 with 15 converted extra points.

In addition to the Bills and Colts, the New England Patriots also put in a claim for the kicker this week as they are struggling in that area, as well.