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Monday, August 26, 2013

Arizona Cardinals 2013 Specialists News

News and notes for Arizona Cardinals specialists in 2013:
August 25th: "The Cardinals kicking 'competition' lasted only one preseason game. Dan Carpenter, signed last week to compete with incumbent Jay Feely, was released on Sunday, a day after having a field goal blocked in a loss against San Diego."

August 21st: the team signed kicker Dan Carpenter.
Head coach Bruce Arians: "Healthy competition only makes us better. We’ve been consistent that whenever there’s the potential to make our football team better we’re going to explore that opportunity."

Jay Feely: "I’ve had competition my whole career and there’s competition whether someone is here or not. You are always competing against every other kicker in camp and even guys who aren’t in camp. I’ve been there myself. This doesn’t change anything for me. I’m comfortable with what coach Arians told me and I will keep competing. I am happy with where I am at right now and progressing to get ready for St. Louis....
I am proud of my performance over the last four years,” Feely said, noting that he was third in the NFL in field-goal makes over 47 yards the last four years, fifth in percentage at that distance and fifth in percentage from less than 47 yards. “I am happy with how I have performed the last few years and happy with my training camp so far....
I’ve been around long enough to know the job of management is always to get better. To try to find someone who is better on the roster and your job as a player is to prove to them you are the best option."

Dan Carpenter: "It's been a little bit of a tornado the last five days or so....  It's kind of a little déjà vu. I feel a little bit like a rookie again, not knowing a lot of the guys. I do know a few more faces than I did six year ago....
[Feely's] a great guy, he's a great competitor -- obviously he's a great kicker, he's been in this league for many, many years -- more than I have, so it'll be fun....
There were a few teams that actually we had been talking to, but it all came down to where I felt like I had the best opportunity to help the team out. When it came down to it, for myself, the opportunity, a place to play, my family, this is what it all came down to. [And kicking indoors] is not a negative thing."
August 19th: released punter Will Batson, a free agent signing from April 8th

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