Just wanted to put this out there for people following the Hanson vs Hauschka storyline.
I just wanted to make sure and be the first one to jump on this, since it was a bit of a volatile debate and I was in support of keeping Hauschka under under 2 circumstances. 1) He continued to boot at least 50% of his kick offs for touch backs in Detoroit. 2) Hanson was not at least 90% prior to the season opener.
Most of his field goals were right down the middle and had plenty of range. Several kicks from 48 yards split the uprights and had plenty of distance.
He attempted two 53-yarders, hitting one down the middle and the other hugged the left upright (from the view in the press box it was impossible to tell if it was good or not). Hanson's only attempt from 55 yards came up just short.
After the field goals, Hanson then lined up and kicked off 33 times. Hanson altered between a five- and eight-yard setup for his kickoffs, which are shorter than his natural setup.
Most of the kickoffs were in the 63- to 65-yard range but perhaps his most impressive kick was his longest -- a 68-yarder that came on his 31st kickoff.
Looking at this article it looks as though Jason is on track to be back at near if not 100% prior to our game against Chicago in soldier field on September 12th. Therefore I have to couple that with the fact that Hauschka looked like a mere mortal rather than the kicking god the light Denver air portrayed him as and say his chances are pretty darn slim of making out 53 man roster. He does look like a solid backup though in case Jason walks into a chainsaw or gets his leg chewed off by a zombie in mid season.