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What having K Gay on prac. squad does for Bills

Posted by Chris Brown on September 5, 2016 – 7:00 am

With K Jordan Gay signed to the Bills practice squad, Buffalo affords themselves options.

With the kickoff specialist on the roster the last two seasons the Bills have finished in the top three in kickoff coverage each of the last two years. Their opponents average drive start has been one of the poorer for their opponents in the league as well. This season they’ve chosen to have Dan Carpenter handle kickoffs.

With the new rule putting touchbacks at the 25, there will undoubtedly be a different approach. Relying on hang time on kicks to somewhere between the five-yard line and the goal line to allow the coverage team to run under it and make plays is one approach among many based on opponent, field conditions, weather and caliber of returner.

Should their new approach to covering kicks not prove as effective as that of the last two seasons, the Bills can still turn to Jordan Gay and resume their previous approach and activate him off the practice squad.

Keeping him there affords them the luxury of keeping him in the fold and up to date on their special teams plans and changes through the season without the specialist costing them a roster spot right now.

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