PITTSFORD -- Stephen Hauschka has so far lived up to his billing of the most reliable kicker who was available on this year's free-agent market.
During practices at the Buffalo Bills' training camp, he has shown off his prowess with long-range field goals, knocking in 50-plus-yarders as if they were chip shots.
Hauschka's work has caught the attention of coach Sean McDermott.
"His success over the years, his numbers speaks for themselves," McDermott said Thursday. "I’m a big believer in the mental part of the game and Stephen and (punter) Colton (Schmidt) have done a phenomenal job in balancing that.
"(Hauschka's) in a good place, I believe, mentally. He’s tracking the ball well, so he’s done a nice job."
The coach pointed out that Hauschka's history with Bills special teams coordinator Danny Crossman contributed to the Bills' decision to sign the kicker. They were together when Crossman coached with the Detroit Lions.
McDermott went out of his way to praise the performances of Hauschka and punter Colton Schmidt, who the coach also complimented on Wednesday.
"We feel like the relationship between those two and (long-snapper) Reid (Ferguson), that’s an important dynamic with those three and the trust that’s built over the time that they’ve been together," McDermott said. "I count on Stephen a lot and Colton for just some leadership type communication and they’ve done a great job of that, so it’s been fun to watch."