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Carpenter unfazed by kicking in Buffalo weather

Posted by johnmurphyshow on September 3, 2013 – 8:45 pm

New Bills kicker Dan Carpenter spent the first five years of his NFL career playing his home games in sunny South Florida. But he’s not with the Dolphins anymore.

Carpenter was added to the Bills roster Tuesday to kick in place of rookie Dustin Hopkins, who reportedly suffered an injury in practice Monday. In an appearance on The John Murphy Show Tuesday night, Carpenter says he’s aware of Buffalo’s reputation as a tough place to kick. But he’s not worried.

“I’ve heard horror stories, but that’s true with any stadium, except for indoor ones,” Carpenter said. “It will be a fun ride.”

Carpenter is a native of Montana and kicked at the University of Montana. So he says he’s played in plenty of snow games during his college career, and he got used to the elements playing at Buffalo, New England, and the Jets in the AFC East.

He admits weather can be a factor, but Carpenter told host John Murphy the bigger factor for him, is the type of field underfoot.

“When you’re playing for a warm weather team, you do look towards the end of the schedule, those December game, and take a peek,” he said. “Especially at my position, I like to look at not just weather, but field conditions, do they play on turf or natural grass? By the end of the year, will it be torn up or not?”

The entire radio interview with Dan Carpenter is available here


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