Dan Carpenter didn't have his best game of the season on Sunday when the Buffalo Bills defeated the Houston Texans 30-21. The kicker missed a 50 yard field goal and an extra point during the game, but Rex Ryan isn't giving up on Carpenter. In fact, Ryan gave Carpenter a vote of confidence on Monday. Ty Dunne of the Buffalo News published parts of Ryan's Monday press conference and this is what the Bills head coach had to say on Carpenter:
"Look, we've got a veteran kicker. You know he can kick in the conditions and not everybody can do that. I think obviously, the one kick you can't kick it better than he can kick it. The extra point, we'd like to have it back. We have a great holder, I joke he's the second-best holder I know. Could have a better hold. I think he kicked the laces on that one."
Later, Ryan was asked about the possibility of the Bills going for two point conversions rather than extra points. Ryan responded by saying that he doesn't believe they'd start going for more two point conversions.
"I say no but obviously if there's a gale force wind -- which we're hoping for -- then maybe. But if the conditions are, what they are, we'll kick it. I'm confident in Dan."
Carpenter has made 16-of-20 field goals this season and his miss yesterday was from 50 yards out. The bigger concern for Carpenter has been converting extra points. Through 13 games Carpenter has made 28-of-32 extra points (87.5%).
Carpenter has support from Ryan now, but if his kicking woes continue he may find himself in a competition leading up to the 2016 season or possibly released.