Dan Carpenter
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2 months ago

Carpenter made his only field-goal try -- a 23-yarder -- but missed one of four extra-point attempts in Sunday's win over the Rams. It was Carpenter's second extra-point miss of 2016 after he missed six of them last season.

EDGE Analysis

Carpenter's job is probably safe unless some more hiccups come along, as he's made over 85 percent of his field-goal attempts in each of his three full seasons with the Bills. But the issues with extra points became a nuisance for coach Rex Ryan last season, and between two missed ones in 2016 as well as two missed field-goal tries, he's probably on less sturdy footing than earlier in his stint with the Bills.

Dan Carpenter
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2 months ago

Carpenter made both of his field-goal attempts during Sunday's upset over the Cardinals -- a 19-yarder and a 45-yarder -- but missed one of four extra-point attempts.

EDGE Analysis

The extra-point attempts were a big issue last season, when six misses almost cost Carpenter his job. However, Sunday's miss was his first of the season, and he's been true on eight others. With the Bills winning big, Carpenter's job seems fairly secure for the time being; however, his 17 points on the season put him just tied for 21st among the league's kickers.

Dan Carpenter
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3 months ago

Carpenter's teammate Jordan Gay was released by the Bills on Wednesday, ESPN's Mike Rodak reports.

EDGE Analysis

Jordan Gay was brought in as a potential kickoff specialist, more so than as a threat to Carpenter's place-kicking job. Despite missing six extra points last season, Carpenter has been reliable throughout his career, converting 84.8 percent of his field-goal attempt, including 96 percent (123 of 128) from inside of 40 yards. He has also made 13 field goals of 50-plus yards (on 19 attempts) in his three seasons with the Bills.

Dan Carpenter
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4 months ago

Carpenter made all 11 of his attempts (between 25 and 47 yards) during Friday's practice, Joe Buscaglia of WKBW reports. The veteran has now hit his last 21 field goal attempts in practice.

EDGE Analysis

No one can see anyone giving Carpenter competition as we start to head toward preseason games, meaning you can pretty much slot him in as the Bills' kicker for Week 1. As long as he can improve upon last season's miserable 34-for-40 output on extra points, his job should be about as safe as it goes in the placekicking world.

Dan Carpenter
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4 months ago

Carpenter went 9 for 9 on his field goal attempts during Tuesday night's practice season. His kicks ranged from 33 to 50 yards, BuffaloBills.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Carpenter almost lost his job last season, mostly because he couldn't seem to hit an extra point, but coach Rex Ryan stuck with him and he's the clear frontrunner for the job this season. He's typically about as clutch as it gets in a poor-weather city like Buffalo, so with the new kickoff rules not penalizing his average length as much, there seems to be little competition for the Bills to find his replacement in 2016.

Dan Carpenter
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9 months ago

Carpenter agreed to lower his 2016 base salary from $2.025 million to $1.775 million, ESPN's Mike Rodak reports.

EDGE Analysis

A candidate to be released, Carpenter had to make some concessions if he wanted to stick with Buffalo. In addition to a $250,000 pay cut that can be recouped through incentives, he also agreed to move his upcoming $250,000 roster bonus back to September. Carpenter will still have to fend off competition for his job, as last season's 85.2 percent conversion rate on field goals would look a whole lot better if he hadn't missed six extra points.

Dan Carpenter
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9 months ago

Updating a previous report, Carpenter has not yet been released by the Bills, ESPN's Mike Rodak reports.

EDGE Analysis

The team still has a lot of cap maneuvering to do and people that follow the Bills are well aware that coach Rex Ryan was less than thrilled with Carpenter's kicking last season - namely his league-"leading" six missed extra points - so Carpenter is far from a lock to stay with the team.

Dan Carpenter
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9 months ago

Carpenter has been released by the Bills, ESPN's Mike Rodak reports.

EDGE Analysis

If it wasn't for the new PAT rule Carpenter might still be a Bill, but he somehow missed six of them in 2015. Given his salary as a veteran kicker, his previous strong seasons weren't enough for the cash-strapped Bills, who will likely let big-leg Jordan Gay compete with someone else for the kicking duties in 2016.

Dan Carpenter
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11 months ago

Carpenter finished the season with 103 points, connecting on 23 of his 27 field-goal attempts and going 34 of 40 on extra point attempts.

EDGE Analysis

Carpenter had the fewest field-goal attempts (27) and worst field-goal percentage (85.2) this season in his three-year stint with the Bills. He also missed six extra point attempts, giving him the second worst percentage in the league. He is under contract through the 2017 season.

Dan Carpenter
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12 months ago

Following another shaky performance - which included his fifth missed extra point of the season - coach Rex Ryan says he's sticking with Carpenter based on his solid track record of kicking well in poor weather conditions, BuffaloBills.com reports. "We've got a veteran kicker that you guys know he can kick the conditions," said Ryan on Monday. "Not everybody can do that. I think obviously the one kick you can't kick it better than he kicked it, the 50-yarder. So you know that is fine."

EDGE Analysis

We're not sure Ryan would have been so nice had the Bills lost in part to Carpenter's two missed kicks Sunday. We actually think the coach was a bit harsh on the veteran in the preseason, but now that the season has rolled on we're starting to wonder why Carpenter can't get it right on extra points. With the playoff race so tight, another missed kick could cost the Bills their season. That said, Carpenter has proven he can kick in the nasty Buffalo weather, so there's something to be said about not bringing in a new guy and throwing another variable into the equation, one where the Bills have almost no wiggle room.