Buffalo Bills work out former B.C. Lion Ty Long for vacant punting job

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Former CFLer Ty Long is one of four specialists being worked out by the Buffalo Bills to fill their vacant punter job, according to a report from NFL Draft Diamonds’ Damond Talbot.

The Bills are without a punter after they released sixth-round draft pick Matt Araiza earlier this week following an allegation of gang rape stemming from his time at San Diego State.

Long spent the past three seasons with the Los Angeles Chargers, punting 151 times for 7,016 yards — an average of 46.5 yards per kick. In 2019, the UAB product briefly handled double duty in L.A., making 7-of-9 field goal attempts and all nine converts in his first season.

The 29-year-old has earned more than $2.1 million in his NFL career. He was not retained by the Chargers this offseason.

Long was a CFL all-star in 2017 and 2018 after two highly productive seasons for the B.C. Lions. He played in 36 games, making 82-of-92 three-point tries (88.2 percent) with a long of 52 yards, plus 58-of-65 extra points (89 percent). Long also punted 236 times for an average of 48.3 yards.

The Bills are also bringing in veteran Michael Palardy, as well as youngsters Tyler Newsome and Joseph Charlton to try out for the job.