Rex Ryan: Bills will look at ‘every kicker known to man’
Buffalo Bills kicker Dan Carpenter entered the final preseason game with a weak grip on his job. He had already missed two field goals and an extra point prior to Thursday night's game, leading head coach Rex Ryan to contemplate Carpenter's spot on the team.
On Thursday, Carpenter missed yet another field goal — a 40-yard attempt — which left Ryan upset, to say the least.
“I'm tired of missing field goals,” Ryan said via Matthew Fairburn of Syracuse.com. “We have a kickoff guy and we miss field goals. I don't get it.”
Ryan would go on to say they'll explore other options at kicker, which includes a massive group of potential players.
Carpenter has made just 50 percent of his kicks this preseason after making 89 percent last season. He's been reliable in the past, but in the NFL, it's about “what have you done for me lately.”
The Bills also carry kickoff specialist Jordan Gay, which makes Carpenter's job that much more important. If a team is going to carry a kickoff specialist, the starting kicker better be extremely accurate. That's just not the case with Carpenter right now.
Rex Ryan: upset w Dan Carpenter's missed 40-yard FG attempt. "Going to look at every kicker known to man if there are any out there." #Bills
— Vic Carucci (@viccarucci) September 4, 2015