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Monday, October 7, 2013

Buffalo Bills 2013 Specialists News

News and notes for Buffalo Bills specialists in 2013:
October 7th: "Head coach Doug Marrone put rookie kicker Dustin Hopkins on injured reserve Monday. Hopkins has not been active the first five weeks of the regular season due to a groin injury suffered days before the season opener. He was getting close to returning and practiced last Monday and Tuesday on a limited basis, but did not practice at all on Wednesday. Dan Carpenter has been a very effective kicker since joining the club and now will continue to do so for the remainder of the season."
October 7th: "To be a part of the organization that I spent so much time with and have an opportunity to continue and to finish my career here is a great feeling.... I went through a training camp this year so I had that under my belt. I felt like I could still compete at this level. My leg feels great. I feel like I’m kicking the ball well. It’s just putting it all together and doing it on game day. That’s what I hope to do. I couldn’t ask for a better place to go." - Brian Moorman
October 6th: "When he was released early in the 2012 season, it was thought that the Bills all-time leading punter had worn the Buffalo uniform for the last time. Just one year later Brian Moorman was seen as the best option after the release of Shawn Powell. He spent his first 12 seasons in the NFL with Buffalo (2001 – Week Three of 2012). Moorman currently holds franchise records in gross punting average (43.9), punts inside the 20 (243) and total punts (862). He was twice selected to the NFL Pro Bowl as a member of the Bills following the 2005 and 2006 seasons. His 265 punts inside the 20 since the 2001 season are tied for second among active NFL punters. Moorman spent the remainder of the 2012 season with the Dallas Cowboys and the 2013 training camp with the Pittsburgh Steelers before being released prior to the regular season."
October 4th: "The Bills wasted little time in making a change on special teams less than 24 hours after their loss to Cleveland Thursday night. Buffalo released punter Shawn Powell Friday. The second-year punter struggled in each of his past two games as kicking with consistency proved to be an issue for him. In the last two games Powell was a bit erratic. Against Baltimore and Cleveland he punted 16 times, but had a subpar net average of just 30 yards. Directional punting was also an issue at times and he had a couple of mis-hit attempts in each of the last two outings. The Bills were victimized on some long punt returns against the Browns including a 79-yard punt return for a touchdown by Travis Benjamin."

September 5th: "Kicker Dan Carpenter will compete with rookie Dustin Hopkins, when the latter is fully recovered from a groin ailment. Buffalo coach Doug Marrone addressed the kicking situation on Thursday, leaving the door open for Hopkins despite the signing of Carpenter earlier this week. The Bills open the season Sunday vs. New England. 'There's a lot of different scenarios that can come up,' Marrone said. 'A lot of it is going to be how Dan performs and how he plays'."
September 2nd: "A few weeks after the Dolphins released Pro Bowl kicker Dan Carpenter, giving the job to a fifth-round pick, Carpenter has a new job in Buffalo. After Bills kicker Dustin Hopkins injured his groin in practice Monday, the team signed Carpenter, according to ESPN. Carpenter had spent time with the Cardinals and Jets this preseason before he found himself unemployed a week before the regular season began."
August 19th: released veteran incumbent kicker Rian Lindell, meaning that rookie Dustin Hopkins will be their kicker.
"He led Buffalo in scoring for the last 10 seasons. He’s the most accurate kicker in team history. Unfortunately even the accomplished careers must come to an end, and on Monday Rina Lindell's time with the Bills came to a close as Buffalo released their long-time kicker. Lindell, 36, connected on better than 83 percent of his career field goal attempts with Buffalo (83.3%), and had his share of game-winning attempts in his 10 years with the club. His most recent was the one that gave Buffalo the overtime win in Arizona last season in Week 6 (19-16). Perhaps his most memorable was his 28-yard game winner on Sept. 25, 2011 to end the Bills’ 15-game losing streak to the New England Patriots in a 34-31 victory." 
August 13th: released punter Brian Stahovich, a free agent that had been signing on April 18th to compete with Powell.
"I'd like to thank the Bills, Buffalo, and the fans especially. Its been an amazing few months can't thank you all enough. Do widezenia." - @AztcBeast14

August 12th: "The first one was great, and then he had two mishits, really. When Dustin goes in there as a young guy, you just want him to calm down a little bit. It's little difference between him and the quarterbacks that come in early in the game first time ever." - coach Doug Marrone on Hopkins' kickoffs in preseason opener

August 6th: "I focus on mechanics but I don’t over think it. You are at a disadvantage when you clutter your mind. The competition between Rian and me is what it is. He has a job to do and so do I. I will say he has been incredibly helpful to watch and pick up veteran tips from such as how he handles himself in the training room and the regimen he follows to stay healthy. There’s always room to grow." - Dustin Hopkins

August 5th:  "I have to place the ball perhaps better than some of the guys who just put it through the uprights. I think I do a pretty good job at that. I’m trying to stay a little more upright and not be all leg. It’s a lot like a golf swing, try to put all the parts together and get the timing right." - Rian Lindell

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