Bills incumbent punter Shawn Powell had a good day at Monday’s practice, the first in which there were specific punting segments during the special teams periods of practice.
Powell and his challenger Brian Stahovich were both punting for distance more than hang time as they tried to reach the end zone from their own 35-yard line. Powell was more consistent driving the ball for distance on Monday. On most kicks he also had superior hang time, not that it carried as much weight as when special teams coordinator Danny Crossman has them hang 40-yarders to let the coverage unit run underneath it. That’s when hang time counts most.
Today’s exercise was one in leg strength and distance.
Now Powell did have one shank in his series of attempts and Stahovich mis-hit two of his kicks.
Stahovich did finish strong as three of his best punts were among his last four attempts. He drove the ball for distance and got three of the longest hang times between them on my watch (unofficial of course). He had a 4.56, 4.64 and 4.53 on three of his last four kicks.
Powell at 6’4″ and 243 pounds has superior size and what appears to be a stronger leg than Stahovich (5’11” 197). But Stahovich made it clear in practice Monday that he’s not going away quietly.
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