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Bills punter competition is over; Kolb has solid practice day

By Mark Gaughan

PITTSFORD -- The Bills settled their punter competition today by releasing Brian Stahovich.

Incumbent punter Shawn Powell has had a good training camp and punted well again Tuesday while handling all the punts. Powell ranked 23rd in the league in net punting as a rookie last year with a 38.1-yard average. He is an elite physical talent at the position - at 6-foot-4 and 243 pounds - and the Bills are counting on him to progress in his second season.

Stahovich, 5-11 and 197, did not have as strong a leg as Powell and had to rely more on consistent hang times. Powell handled all of the holding duties on place-kicks for the first exhibition game. Stahovich had given way to Powell in that role during practice last week. 

Meanwhile, quarterback Kevin Kolb moved around better at practice this morning and had a good day throwing the ball. Barring any setback with his injured knee, indications are he should get playing time in Friday's exhibition game against Minnesota.

"I was happy today," Bills coach Doug Marrone said of Kolb. "Obviously I watched him closely yesterday and again today. I thought today he looked really good. It’s to a point now where he’s practicing and we’re going to get him ready to play."

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Tim Graham

Tim Graham

Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

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Mark Gaughan

Mark Gaughan

Buffalo native Mark Gaughan started working at The News in 1980 and has been covering the Bills exclusively since 1992. He is a former president of the Pro Football Writers of America, and he is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee.

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Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski joined The News in January 2009. The Lewiston native attended St. Francis High School before graduating from the University of South Florida. He writes a weekly Fantasy column in addition to his beat writing duties.

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