Carpenter made all three of his field goal attempts in Thursday's win over the Jets, plus an extra point. 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.
Carpenter made both of his extra-point attempts in Sunday's win over Tennessee, while he didn't attempt a field goal. Carpenter owners may have gotten a bit of a reprieve when Billy Cundiff was let go earlier in the week, but he's still far from being on Rex Ryan's good side after missing two field goals and an extra point so far. A 130-point scorer in each of his two seasons with the Bills, Carpenter is far off that pace with just 28 points through five games. That puts him 26th in kicker scoring.
Bills coach Rex Ryan acknowledged Thursday that Dan Carpenter is still likely to be his field goal person this week against the Titans, even though the team signed Billy Cundiff this week, BuffaloBills.com reports. "We had Cundiff take the kickoffs (Thursday)," said Ryan. "And then we had Dan basically do the field goals. But we'll see as it goes on. But that's probably how we're going to end up going in the game like that." Not exactly a ringing endorsement for Carpenter, who's been fantastic with the Bills in the two seasons prior but got on Ryan's bad side in the preseason and has missed two field goals and an extra point already. We'd be shocked if he didn't have urge job this week while Cundiff handles kickoffs, though Carpenter may be one more bad kick away from looking for work.
Bills kicker Dan Carpenter has some competition for the team's kicking job after the team signed Billy Cundiff on Wednesday, the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle reports. Carpenter, who missed a 30-yard field goal this past Sunday against the Giants, is 5 for 7 overall this season, plus he has also missed one of his 12 extra point attempts thus far. At this stage, it's unclear who will be the Bills' kicker in Week 5, with coach Rex Ryan noting Wednesday with regard to the situation, 'we'll see who will handle everything Sunday based on how the week goes.'
Bills kicker Dan Carpenter (knee) is active for Sunday's game against the Giants. Carpenter was limited in practice all week, but he never truly appeared to be in danger of missing the Week 4 contest. Against the Giants this season, opposing kickers are 5 for 5 on field goals and 7 for7 on extra-point attempts.
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