Tyler Bass

American football player (born 1997)

American football player
Tyler Bass
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Bass with the Buffalo Bills in 2021
No. 2 – Buffalo Bills
Position:Placekicker
Personal information
Born: (1997-02-14) February 14, 1997 (age 25)
Columbia, South Carolina
Height:5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight:183 lb (83 kg)
Career information
High school:Dutch Fork
(Irmo, South Carolina)
College:Georgia Southern (2015–2019)
NFL Draft:2020 / Round: 6 / Pick: 188
Career history
  • Buffalo Bills (2020–present)
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
  • First-team All-Sun Belt (2018)
  • 2× Second-team All-Sun Belt (2017, 2019)
NFL record
  • Most 50+ yard field goals in a game: 3 (tied)
Career NFL statistics as of Week 4, 2022
Field goals made:63
Field goals attempted:74
Field goal %:85.1
Longest field goal:58
Touchbacks:138
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR

Tyler Bass (born February 14, 1997) is an American football placekicker for the Buffalo Bills of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Georgia Southern and was drafted by the Bills in the sixth round of the 2020 NFL Draft.

High school career

Bass played high school football and soccer at Dutch Fork High School in Irmo, South Carolina. He credits his grandma — or “meemaw” — for convincing him to try out for the football team due to his strong soccer leg.[1] He committed to Georgia Southern on January 31, 2015.[2] He won the Chris Sailer award, awarded to the best high school football kicker, following his senior season.[3]

College career

Bass was redshirted his true freshman year. He saw significant improvement in his redshirt junior season, making 19 of 21 field goal attempts and 45 of 45 extra point attempts.[4] During his last game at Georgia Southern, he began his practice of wearing eye black under only one eye as a shoutout to his grandmother.[5]

He participated in the 2020 Senior Bowl, making 2 field goals and 4 of 4 extra point attempts.[6]

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span
5 ft 10+12 in
(1.79 m)
185 lb
(84 kg)
29+12 in
(0.75 m)
8+34 in
(0.22 m)
All values from NFL Combine[7]

2020 season

The Buffalo Bills selected Bass in the sixth round, 188th overall, of the 2020 NFL Draft.[8] Bills special teams coordinator Heath Farwell revelated that he was still in Georgia during the COVID-19 pandemic and was able to attend Bass’s pre-draft workout when other pro days were being canceled.[9]

Bass signed a four-year, $3.475 million contract with the Bills on May 7, 2020.[10] He then gained national attention after posting practice videos of him kicking a 50-yard field goal without taking a single step toward the football and a 60-yard field goal with only one step.[11]

During a shortened training camp, Bass beat out incumbent placekicker Stephen Hauschka to gain the starting position, with the Bills cutting Hauschka on August 27, 2020.[12] Bass drove two and a half hours from South Carolina to Birmingham, Alabama for weekly training sessions with the team's long snapper and holder.[13]

During his professional debut against the New York Jets on September 13, 2020, Bass completed all three of his extra point attempts, but was 2 for 4 on field goal attempts. His first attempt, from 38 yards out, was subject to controversy as the ball appeared to have sailed above the upright, but was discounted. He then missed his second attempt from 34 yards before connecting from 22 and 19 yards.[14] Bass made his next four field goal attempts over the next five games, including a 48-yarder against the Kansas City Chiefs in week 6, before missing on a 52-yard attempt in the same game.[15] In the rematch against the Jets, Bass completed 6 of 8 field goal attempts, including a new career-long 53-yard attempt, scoring the only points of the game for Buffalo as the team won 18–10. Bass set several franchise records in that game, including the most field goal attempts attempted by a Bills kicker in one game.[16]

After making three of four field goals against the Seattle Seahawks in week 9 (with his lone miss being a 61-yard attempt), Bass converted all three of his field goal attempts against the Arizona Cardinals, with all of them being longer than 54 yards and his longest being 58 yards out. Bass became the first kicker in Bills history to make three field goals longer than 50 yards in one game, and just the second kicker in NFL history to make 3 field goals longer than 54 yards in the same game (the other being Kris Brown in 2007).[17]

Bass converted 28 of his 34 field goal attempts and 57 of his 59 extra points, totaling 141 points. His 141 points broke Steve Christie's 1998 franchise-record of 140 points in a single season. He also broke Scott Norwood's franchise records of extra points attempted and made in a single season.

2021 season

Bass was named AFC Special Teams Player of the Month for October 2021, making all of his extra point attempts while also converting all 10 of his field goal attempts.[18]

Records and achievements

NFL records

  • Longest field goal in NFL playoff history by a rookie: 54 yards (2020)[19]

Bills franchise records

  • Most field goals attempted in a game: 8 (Week 7, 2020)[16]
  • Most field goals made in a game: 6, shared with Steve Christie (Week 7, 2020)[16]
  • Most points scored in a single season: 141 (2020)[20]

References

  1. ^ "'Crazy leg' and super grandma: How Dutch Fork's Tyler Bass emerged as top NFL prospect".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  2. ^ Bass, Tyler (January 31, 2015). "Officially committed to Georgia Southern University #HailSouthern #GATA". @tbass_xvi. Retrieved March 17, 2020.
  3. ^ "Dutch Fork's Tyler Bass earns award as top placekicker in nation". Cola Daily. Retrieved March 17, 2020.
  4. ^ Kostensky, Ryan. "Bass named to the 2018 Chris Sailer Kicking College Football All-American list". The George-Anne. Retrieved March 17, 2020.
  5. ^ "The answer to the one question everyone has about Bills K Tyler Bass". Bills Wire. October 26, 2020. Retrieved August 16, 2021.
  6. ^ Zenor, John. "Georgia Southern's Bass, Vildor impact Senior Bowl football game". Savannah Morning News. Associated Press. Retrieved March 17, 2020.
  7. ^ "Tyler Bass player bio". Retrieved March 21, 2020.
  8. ^ Lavoie, Dan (April 25, 2020). "2020 NFL Draft: Buffalo Bills select K Tyler Bass from Georgia Southern". Buffalo Rumblings. Retrieved April 25, 2020.
  9. ^ "7 things to know about new Bills starting kicker Tyler Bass". Bills Wire. August 27, 2020. Retrieved April 23, 2021.
  10. ^ Overthecap.com. "Tyler Bass Contract Details". Over the Cap. Retrieved June 16, 2020.
  11. ^ "Bills draft pick Tyler Bass hits wild 50-yard field goal without taking any steps". CBSSports.com. Retrieved April 23, 2021.
  12. ^ Smith, Michael David (August 27, 2020). "Bills cut Stephen Hauschka as rookie Tyler Bass wins kicking competition". ProFootballTalk. Retrieved September 14, 2020.
  13. ^ Carlsen, Brett; Belson, Ken (June 1, 2020). "For Sidelined N.F.L. Brothers, Training Is a Snap". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved April 23, 2021.
  14. ^ Miller, Ryan (September 13, 2020). "Did referees blow the call on Buffalo rookie Tyler Bass' first career field goal?". Democrat and Chronicle. Retrieved September 14, 2020.
  15. ^ "Bills' Tyler Bass: One ugly miss". CBSSports.com. Retrieved October 25, 2020.
  16. ^ a b c Gelber, Brad (October 25, 2020). "Bills K Tyler Bass: 'It's about what you do after a miss'". Bills Wire. Retrieved October 25, 2020.
  17. ^ Skurski, Jay (November 15, 2020). "Observations: System-wide failures for Bills preceded wild swings against Cardinals". The Buffalo News. Retrieved November 16, 2020.
  18. ^ Alper, Josh (November 4, 2021). "Tyler Bass is the AFC special teams player of the month". ProFootballTalk. Retrieved November 4, 2021.
  19. ^ Buffalo Bills PR [@BuffaloBillsPR] (January 9, 2021). "Tyler Bass' 54 yard field goal is the longest FG in #NFL playoff history by a rookie" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  20. ^ Murphy, Sean (January 3, 2021). "Buffalo Bills rookie Tyler Bass sets franchise scoring record". Buffalo Rumblings. Retrieved January 7, 2021.

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