Bills K Dan Carpenter has been one of the most accurate kickers in the league the last two seasons and he’s been kicking half his games in Buffalo. A hamstring injury at the outset of training camp however, has the veteran kicker eager to get back on track and have his kicking motion locked in for the regular season.
Carpenter has missed two of his four field goal attempts this preseason as well as an extra point from the new distance. It’s got head coach Rex Ryan a bit worried.
“I’m concerned. He’s missed a couple of field goals and an extra point,” said Ryan. “That’s concerning because he’s missed a lot of camp. We need to see him kick better quite honestly. We’re one of the only teams in the league that keeps a kickoff specialist, and you do that to make sure you’re giving your kicker a chance to focus on one thing and that’s field goals.
“In fairness to him he hasn’t been out there the whole time. Hopefully it’s just a matter of time. We all know he’s been a big money kicker and not everybody can kick in our conditions. So the fact that he’s made them in those times gives you some comfort, but I don’t like seeing missed kicks ever.”
Carpenter himself admits that he always gets concerned himself when he doesn’t feel like his mechanics are consistent.
“Yeah, I am worried every day,” he said. “It doesn’t matter you are getting compared to guys whether they are in your camp, out of your camp, in someone else camp, on the street, it doesn’t matter. There is always someone out there wanting your job and you got to do your job to keep it.
Carpenter hopefully finds his groove at Ford Field, which is a field that was very good to him last season. In Week 5 he hit a game-winning 58-yarder to beat the Lions. He then returned in the Snow-vember game that was moved and against the Jets he hit a 53-yard field goal and was good on all five extra-point attempts.
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