In 2014, the Buffalo Bills carried three kickers on their roster. Dan Carpenter handled field goal duties, Colton Schmidt was responsible for punting and Jordan Gay was the team's kickoff specialist. Many Bills fans believed that Gay's role was a luxury that the team couldn't afford. Heading into 2015, it appears that Buffalo is willing to have that "luxury" for a second consecutive season.
In an interview on BuffaloBills.com, here is what special teams coordinator Danny Crossman said about Gay having a role on the team in 2015:
"Without question," said Crossman. "The year that Jordan had... and we think he's going to be even better. It's not as much of a luxury if you're getting a super highly-productive player. I don't care what it is. You may have a guy on your roster that only plays 15 plays a game, but in those 15 plays a game he gets a sack. Well, that value is there. Everyone looks at each position differently. I think Jordan's value - he showed what he was worth in terms of depth of the kicks and hang time of the kicks he put us in great position to make a lot of plays."
Gay was productive in 2014. Buffalo was third in the league last season in kickoff coverage and 60.5 percent of his kickoffs went for touchbacks, good for ninth in the NFL. Pro Football Focus had Gay tied for ninth in the league in terms of kickoffs with a +6.9 rating, and his maximum hang time was first in the league among kickers who appeared on a regular basis.
In the offseason, Gay signed a two-year contract with the Bills worth $1,110,000. Based upon Gay's contract extension and Crossman's comments, it appears that Gay has a terrific shot of making Buffalo's roster in 2015.