The Miami Dolphins are very concerned about having some semblance of a kicking competition in camp, if only to remind fifth round draft pick Caleb Sturgis that if he should falter, there are other people in the world capable of doing his job.
The Dolphins weren’t happy with the “competition” provided by kicker Danny Hrapmann, so they cut Hrapmann and brought in John Potter.
Like Sturgis, Potter is among that rare breed of kickers who were actually drafted, having been taken by the Buffalo Bills in the seventh round of the 2012 draft. The Bills only used him as a kickoff specialist, then decided they needed the roster spot for something else and cut him mid-season.
Potter landed in Washington at the start of camp in 2013, but was among the August cuts. He was brought back by the Redskins after an injury to Kai Forbrath, but was again cut in October. The Lions signed him to a futures contract after the season but he didn’t stick in Detroit either.
In Miami, Potter at least gets to draw a paycheck and do some kicking in practice to keep himself sharp. Of course he’s not really going to win the job over a fifth round pick, but don’t tell that to Caleb Sturgis, otherwise that whole “motivational” thing won’t really work.