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Kickoff strategy-Carpenter will be flexible

Posted by johnmurphyshow on September 3, 2013 – 9:30 pm

The Bills new kicker is ready to do whatever he’s asked to do, when it comes to kicking off.

Dan Carpenter, signed by the Bills Tuesday, after playing his first five years with the Miami Dolphins, says he can boom kickoffs into the end zone if he’s asked. But he’ll do whatever the coaches ask of him when kicking off.

“It really depends on the situation,” Carpenter said, in an appearance on The John Murphy Show.

“Obviously, returners are paid good money to be returns, and they’re all very good,” he added. “If there are situations where you feel you can kick it out of the end zone and keep it out of their hands, you can do it, but there are other situations—weather, which make you decide whether you want to kick it away from them or kick it shorter. There are lot of different situations that come into play.”

Carpenter has been a reliable field goal man for the Dolphins in his NFL career. But as for kickoffs, he’s noticed the trend for more NFL teams to bring kickoffs hit deep into the end zone, out of the end zone. Teams are not willing to settle for a touchback in many cases.

“I’m not surprised,” Carpenter told host John Murphy. “The returners get paid too, and a lot of guys–that’s how they make their living. That’s how they feed their families, returning footballs on kickoffs and punts. If they feel like it may not be a great hang-time kick, they’re going to take their chance and bring it out.”

The entire radio interview with Dan Carpenter is available here


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