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."