Carpenter's missed kicks 'concern' Rex Ryan

Dan Carpenter missed significant training camp time with a hamstring injury. Since returning to the field, Carpenter has missed two field goal attempts and a missed extra point.

Buffalo Bills head coach Rex Ryan is ‘concerned’ about Dan Carpenter’s field goal kicking. On Tuesday, Ryan spoke out about Carpenter’s kicking issues during the preseason. Joe Buscaglia of WKBW-TV shared Ryan’s full statement:

“Oh, I’m concerned. I mean, he’s missed a couple of field goals and an extra point. That’s concerning, because he missed a lot of camp. We’ve got to see him kick better quite honestly. We’re the only team in the league that keeps a kickoff specialist, and with that said, you do that to make sure that you’re giving your kicker a chance to focus on one thing, and that’s field goals. But his thing, he hasn’t been out there the whole time. Hopefully it’s just a matter of time. We all know he’s been a big money kicker, and not everybody can kick in our conditions. So the fact that he’s made them in those times gives you some comfort, but, I don’t like seeing missed kicks, ever.”

Carpenter dealt with a hamstring injury through most of training camp and missed Buffalo’s first preseason game. In the last two preseason games, Carpenter has gone 2-of-4 on field goal attempts and 4-of-5 on extra points. It’s a small body of work, but Bills fans are not used to seeing missed attempts.

In his first two seasons with the Bills, Carpenter has made 67-of-74 field goal attempts and 63-of-64 extra point attempts.

Considering how much time Carpenter missed this offseason, the Bills need to give him some time to get back in the swing of things. However, it’s understandable that Ryan is a bit concerned with Carpenter’s kicking.   

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