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Carpenter on PAT placement – hash or middle

Posted by Chris Brown on December 8, 2015 – 1:03 pm

Dan Carpenter wasn’t alone last week when he missed a point after attempt Sunday. There were nine missed extra points including one by Houston kicker Nick Novak. Carpenter usually kicks extra points on the left hash mark, but after a couple of misses he decided to kick it from dead center between the hashes to improve the margin for error. Unfortunately that didn’t work either. So I asked him what his preference will be moving forward. On Tuesday he said that’s still to be determined.

“I actually got asked after the game why I kicked from the hash and I had to correct them and say I was kicking from the middle if anyone was watching,” said Carpenter. “Everyone has got their own preference on where they go and why they do it. I’ve missed a few from the left hash so I was trying the middle and I’ll talk with a couple of the guys and see what they want to do.”

Carpenter’s decision impacts holder Colton Schmidt. Kickers typically choose to kick extra points from the hash, even though they’re allowed to have the ball spotted anywhere between the hashes. The reason why is it gives the holder a clear point to spot the ball in the tenth of a second or two between catching the snap and placing it down.

Both Rex Ryan and GM Doug Whaley in his weekly radio appearance on Bills flagship station WGR Sportsradio 550 have stated that they have faith in Carpenter and trust his track record, especially in poor weather conditions, which are on the horizon.

Carpenter however, doesn’t put any stock in his career numbers in lousy weather.

“Track record doesn’t mean anything. It doesn’t,” said Carpenter. “What I did last week doesn’t mean anything for what I’m going to do next week or the week after or the week after that. I just have to make kicks. That’s why I’m here and that’s my job. I’m going to do the best I can every week to get back to being the guy that they think I am.”

When asked if he’s frustrated, Carpenter answered in the affirmative.

“Why would I not be frustrated,” he said. “I mean they’re not going through those yellow things. That’s what I’m here to do and I felt like I’ve been kicking the ball really good and it’s not showing up on Sunday. That’s why I’m frustrated.”


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