News and notes for Buffalo Bills specialists in 2013:
- Kicker Dustin Hopkins (Florida State), drafted in 6th round
- Kicker Dan Carpenter, free agent signing on September 2nd
- Punter Brian Moorman, re-signed October 6th
- Long snapper Garrison Sanborn, returning starter
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'."
"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."
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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