Cardinals sign K Carpenter to compete with Feely

The Arizona Cardinals have signed Dan Carpenter to compete with

Jay Feely as the team’s kicker.

Carpenter was released by the Miami Dolphins a week ago. He

signed with the Dolphins as an undrafted rookie in 2008 and,

coincidentally, took Feely’s job away from him there that

season.

At 37, Feely is 10 years older than Carpenter.

”As you get older, you have to prove that you still have it and

that you can still do the job and do a great job at it,” Feely

said before Wednesday’s practice. ”That’s what I’ve been trying to

do every day.”

In Miami, Carpenter lost out to Caleb Sturgis, a fifth-round

draft pick.

In addition to signing the kicker, the Cardinals released wide

receivers Robert Gill and Robby Toma.

Carpenter was in uniform but didn’t do any kicking in practice

on Wednesday. His wife gave birth to the couple’s first child on

Monday.

”It’s been a little bit of a tornado the last five days or

so,” he said, ”so they didn’t want me to hop off a five-hour

plane ride and have to come out here and kick.”

Carpenter said he had a few opportunities but chose Arizona.

”It all came down to where I felt like I had the best

opportunity to help the team out,” he said.

Of trying to beat out Feely again, Carpenter said, ”It’s kind

of a little bit deja vu.”

”He’s a great guy, he’s a great competitor, obviously a great

kicker,” Carpenter said. ”He’s been in this league many, many

years more than I have. You know, it will be fun.”

Carpenter made 22 of 27 field goals last season. Feely made 25

of 28. For their careers, Carpenter has made 81.9 percent of his

field goal tries (127 of 155), Feely 82.6 percent (299 of 362).

”Healthy competition only makes us better,” coach Bruce Arians

said of Carpenter’s signing. ”We’ve been consistent that whenever

there’s the potential to make our football team better we’re going

to explore that opportunity.”

Asked about losing the job to Carpenter five years ago, Feely

said ”There was a lot more to it than my percentages and my

performances on the field.”

Then he reeled off a list of what he said were his statistics

since he joined the Cardinals.

”I think I’m third in the NFL in makes over 47 yards the last

four years, fifth in percentage, fifth in percentage under 47

yards,” Feely said. ”So I’m happy with how I performed over the

last few years of my career and happy with my training camp so

far.”

Since 2007, Feely has made 8 of 9 field goals of 50 yards or

longer. Carpenter is 10 of 20 from 50 or farther.

In Saturday’s 12-7 victory over Dallas, Feely made field goals

of 25, 53, 40 and 22 yards but missed one from 30.

”The miss was dumb,” he said. ”It wasn’t a technical thing. I

should have taken a delay of game and not rushed it.”

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