Mini-camp Preview: Specialists

Veteran Billy Cundiff will have to hold off the strong leg of undrafted free agent Brett Visintainer this summer if he wants to keep his job with the Dallas Cowboys. We preview that battle as well as the Cowboys' situation at punter in our continuing series previewing the upcoming three-day mini-camp at Valley Ranch.

PK Billy Cundiff - Entering his fifth year out of Drake, Billy Cundiff connected on 31-of-31 PATs and 20-of-26 field goal attempts last season, with a long of 49 yards. Cundiff also handled kickoffs last season for just the second time in his career, placing six of his 66 kickoffs into the endzone. While his numbers were admirable, Parcells wants to see more consistency, and also more distance of out his veteran kicker.

PK Brett Visintainer - Former Fresno State placekicker Brett Visintainer was signed by the Dallas Cowboys as an undrafted free agent in last month, in hopes of challenging starter Billy Cundiff. Visintainer enjoyed a strong rookie mini-camp two weeks ago, but he's yet to face a live rush. Insiders suggest he has a stronger leg than Cundiff, the only question remaining concerns his ability to kick under pressure. Next weekend's mini-camp will be the first time we find out whether or not he's up to the challenge.

P Mat McBriar - McBriar won the starting punter position during training camp and punted 75 times for an average of 42.4 yards per kick during the 2004 season. McBriar has been consistent, yet unspectacular. His stats from last season rank him among the middle of the pack in the NFL. The Cowboys signed Clinton Greathouse to compete for the starting job this offseason, but McBrair is the odds on favorite to keep his starting spot.

6 Clinton Greathouse - Greathouse is a 5-10, 221-pound punter from Texas Tech who signed with Dallas in early April. He originally signed with Baltimore as a rookie free agent in 2004 but was released prior to the start of the season. In three seasons as the Red Raiders punter, Greathouse averaged 39.7 yards-per-punt on 131 career kicks.

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