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Powell a big help for Hopkins

Posted by Chris Brown on August 20, 2013 – 6:00 am

With Dustin Hopkins winning the kicking job following the release of Rian Lindell, the rookie kicker was quick to thank punter and holder Shawn Powell. Hopkins had Powell as his holder at Florida State for three seasons, so coming to kick in Buffalo proved to be an advantage for him. What Hopkins didn’t know is when he had an issue with accuracy it was Powell that was trying to correct it for him.

“Having Shawn for three years and having him aware of how I like the ball to lean, he’s actually helped me out a lot,” Hopkins said. “When I first came in I had a more drastic lean and without me knowing he was giving me more of a straight up ball and that’s when I started to get in a groove.

We noticed that on film and saw that. So I figured if I’m hitting a clean ball like this let’s just stick with this. So he’s helped me through that situation without even me knowing about it. He kind of did it and we’ve decided to stick with it.”

Hopkins was hooking field goal attempts to the left in the spring practices, but those steadily went away in training camp and Powell’s adjusted holds helped account for that.

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