Buffalo Bills release punter Shawn Powell after disastrous performance

 

Aug 16, 2013; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills punter Shawn Powell (6) kicks the ball against the Minnesota Vikings during the second half at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Bills beat the Vikings 20-16. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

 

The Buffalo Bills lost a narrow game last night to the Cleveland Browns due to a number extenuating circumstances. They lost their starting quarterback early in the third quarter after it appeared they were ready to take control of the game, and the defense couldn’t hold on to a lead after backup quarterback Jeff Tuel was ineffective in relief of E.J. Manuel.

But the biggest reason they lost last night was the ineffectiveness of their punter, Shawn Powell, who repeatedly punted the ball poorly to Browns return-man Travis Benjamin, who ended up setting the team single-game record for punt return yards.

Today, the Bills made sure Powell wouldn’t cost them another game, cutting him less than 12 hours after the game ended:

 

 

 

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  • Chris

    Isn’t it sad that a team thinks releasing the punter is going to make them win their games? Possibly if they could move the ball down the field and not have to punt so many times every game, that might actually increase their chances at winning. They blame Powell for Travis Benjamin returning the ball so well, when Powell was the only player on the team that could tackle him on the first return. For the past year and a half, Powell’s average is greater than Moorman’s and also had a higher percentage within the 20 yd line. Oh well, I’m sure the punter is going to make the difference. But when it doesn’t, possibly the Bills will see the real solution will be to create an effective offense and defense!