Dan Carpenter
K BUF (10)
3 weeks 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
K BUF (10)
4 weeks 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
K BUF (10)
5 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
K BUF (10)
6 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
K BUF (10)
6 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
K BUF (10)
8 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
K BUF (10)
9 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.

Dan Carpenter
K BUF (10)
9 months ago

Carpenter put up six points in Sunday's win over Houston, going 1-for-2 on field goals and 3-for-4 on extra points. The missed field goal was a 50-yarder that would have given the Bills a lead that may have been tough for the Texans to overcome.

EDGE Analysis

A missed 50-yarder is forgivable, but Carpenter missed an extra point (he hit the left upright and it bounced out) that could have proved costly, the second week in a row he's missed one. He's also missed five of them on the season. His 16-for-20 mark on field goals is serviceable for a team that plays most of its games in an outdoor stadium, but Carpenter may be skating on thin ice with the misses in close games. Coach Rex Ryan was all over him during the preseason, then Carpenter quieted things down with a pretty decent run. It looks like Rex's blood pressure may be a little higher again when evaluating his kicker, so we'll see if the coach has anything to say about it this week.

Dan Carpenter
K BUF (10)
10 months ago

Carpenter made all three of his field goal attempts in Thursday's win over the Jets, plus an extra point.

EDGE Analysis

The 10 points is a nice way to start your games this week if you used Carpenter ahead of the weekend. He missed an extra point that could have proved costly in what was eventually a close game, but he's been mostly clean lately, making seven field goals in a row. That leaves him at 12 for 14 on the season, which gives him much better job security than when Rex Ryan was picking on him pretty much every day during the preseason.

Dan Carpenter
K BUF (10)
10 months ago

Carpenter made all three of his field goal attempts and both extra point attempts in Sunday's loss to Jacksonville, good for 11 points.

EDGE Analysis

Carpenter had just five points in the two previous weeks combined, so the double-didgit total was good to see. In standard scoring, Carpenter ranks T-19 among kickers with 42 points. The Bills haven't had much luck at quarterback with Tyrod Taylor being injured, while the offense simply hasn't tried many field goals. While Carpenter's job is more secure than it was earlier in the season, note that you can't use him this week as the Bills are on bye following their trip to London.