The Buffalo Bills are very likely to carry kickoff specialist Jordan Gay on their 53-man roster again this season, so Dan Carpenter must be nearly perfect on his field goals and extra points to justify the move.
In two preseason games, he hasn't been.
After returning from the non-football injury list, Carpenter has missed two field goals (from 46 and 53 yards) and an extra point, which is now a 33-yard kick.
"I am concerned," Bills coach Rex Ryan said Tuesday of Carpenter. "I mean, [he] missed a couple field goals and an extra point that is concerning because he missed a lot of camp. We have to see him kick better. Quite honestly he needs to, we are the only team in the league that keeps a kickoff specialist; with that being said you do that to make sure you’re giving your kicker a chance to focus on one thing, and that is field goals."
Carpenter underwent offseason surgery and then landed on the NFI list to start training camp, missing the first two weeks of practices.