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Buffalo Bills Release Punter Shawn Powell

October 4th, 2013 at 7:15 PM
By Paul Lane Sabres 101

The Buffalo Bills released punter Shawn Powell on Friday, just hours after his questionable kicking game played a huge role in Buffalo's loss to the Cleveland Browns.

Powell had a 45.5-yard gross average per kick for eight punts Thursday. but his inability to combine height and distance led to Travis Benjamin setting a Browns record with 179 punt return yards, including a 79-yard return for a touchdown. Powell shanked several other subsequent attempts to kick away from Benjamin, including a couple kicks of less than 30 yards.

For the season, Powell was averaging 46.1 gross yards per kick – but only 35.2 net yards per kick, the result of that inability to master every facet of the punting game.

The 24-year-old was drafted by Buffalo in 2012. he was cut during that year's training camp but joined the team in Week 4 of 2012, when the Bills cut veteran Brian Moorman. Powell played 18 career games with Buffalo, averaging 44.7 gross yards per kick over 100 kicks (38.3-yard net average per kick) with 33 landing inside the 20-yard line.

There's no word yet on a replacement. The Bills will host tryouts during this weekend in hopes of signing a punter by early next week.

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