He’s here for one thing, and one thing only. But it’s a pretty big thing.
Rookie kicker John Potter made it to the Bills 53-man roster last night as their kickoff specialist. He did his job in the four preseason games, nailing 11 of his 13 kickoffs into the end zone for touchbacks. But even with that performance, Potter told us he was sweating out Friday night’s final roster cutdown.
“I did, yeah, all day yesterday, every call I got was pretty nerve-wrecking,” he said in the locker room Saturday. “I’m definitely glad that’s over with. I’m here and I’m ready to play. I think coaches knew they needed to get their kickoff game where it’s been in the four preseason games. I think it will help out our defense, keep players healthy, and get the other team started on the twenty yard line.”
The pressure’s on Potter now. He knows he has one role to play on the Bills roster–hammer the ball into the end zone and keep the other team’s kick returns to a minimum.
“That’s the job of kicker to do—one thing,” he says. “Usually, it’s field goals and kickoffs. But just switching to kickoffs isn’t too much of a transition.”
“It’s really rare to have a kickoff specialist so it’s great to be able to help the team out, and hopefully field position will be really good for us this year.”
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