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Bills sign punter Matt Darr

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The Buffalo Bills swapped punters on Tuesday, releasing Colton Schmidt for the second time this year and adding former Miami Dolphins punter Matt Darr. The move gives Buffalo a punter who, during his two years with Miami, was solid and could change field position - but he has also been out of football for a year-and-a-half.

Darr joined the Dolphins as an undrafted free agent out of Tennessee in 2015. He was brought into the team as competition for incumbent punter Brandon Fields, eventually beating out the veteran. In two seasons with the Dolphins, Darr averaged 46.0 yards per punt, with a long of 70 yards. He was named to the Pro-Football Writers Association All-Rookie Team in 2015. Of his 182 career punts, he pinned 62 of them inside the opponents’ 20-yard line. Darr also served as the holder on all place-kicks for the Dolphins.

In 2017, the Dolphins signed Matt Haack as an undrafted free agent out of Arizona State as competition for Darr. Haack won the battle during the summer and Miami released Darr in September 2017. He has been out of football since.

According to Buffalo Rumblings, Schmidt has “struggled during his recent stretch in Buffalo, with a net average of 33.8 yards per punt.”

The Dolphins host the Bills on Sunday in a Week 13 AFC East showdown.