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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Dallas Cowboys Kicker, Punter & Snapper News


July 7, 2014 - punter Cody Mandell
"Mandell created a buzz on the final day of minicamp when he hit the center-hung video board inside AT&T Stadium three times. However, coach Jason Garrett said the board was lower than its usual 90 feet. It had been lowered 12 days earlier for a George Strait concert. 'He’s your stereotypical specialist,' said rookie deep snapper Casey Kreiter, who roomed with Mandell briefly when they both arrived in Dallas. 'He does his work. He does his job, and he does it consistently.' Even Chris Jones offered a positive early review of Mandell, who wears a size 10 1/2 shoe on his right foot for contact and a 12 on his left foot. 'He’s showing a lot of good things,' Jones said. 'He does what he’s asked, all that kind of stuff. I think he’s the right kind of player'.” - Star-Telegram
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June 2, 2014 - kicker Dan Bailey talk goals & snapper
"Even with his continued success, Bailey, a former standout at Oklahoma State who came to Dallas as an undrafted free agent in 2011, is setting the bar even higher for himself in 2014, his fourth season in the NFL. '(My goals this year are to) really just perfect everything even more. I thought last year I was really trying to improve my kickoffs,' Bailey said. 'I thought I did that to an extent. So really it's kind of just adding more clubs to your bag so to speak, just really fine tuning all the little aspects, the day-to-day stuff, even on the practice field, just being a better pro and just taking care of business and making sure you're ready to go on Sundays'.... One of his fellow special teamers is longtime Dallas long snapper L.P. Ladouceur, who is heading into his 10th season. Ladouceur and Bailey have a nice kinship, not just because of the fact they work together so closely but also because they are both great examples of undrafted free agents who have found success in the league. 'He takes care of business and you can always count on him to get his job done. If you can play 10 years in the league at any position, I think that's saying a lot not only about you as an athlete but as a professional, and it says a lot about your character and that you can be counted on in those situations,' Bailey said. 'I'm very fortunate to have him on my side. It makes my job a lot easier for sure'." - Fox Sports

May 27, 2014 - punter competition
"The Cowboys have created some competition for the [punting] job.Undrafted Free Agent signee Cody Mandell was the top ranked punter coming into the 2014 draft.  Hailing from the University of Alabama, Mandell was a four-year starter despite being a walk-on.   In his last season with the Roll Tide, he averaged an excellent 47.1 yards per kick, though it should be noted that the high-powered ‘Baja offense only needed 39 punts throughout the season.  Still, it’s clear that Cody Mandell has a powerful leg. In March, the Cowboys re-signed their 2013 kicker Chris Jones, who in 2012 replaced former pro-bowler Matt McBriar.  Jones, also an undrafted free agent (out of DII Carson-Newman College), had a decent season for Dallas in 2013, but left more to be desired in some areas.  He averaged 45 yards a punt, which puts him right around the league average.  His best statistic is 30 punts IN20 (inside the twenty yard line), though that could be a product of where he was kicking from as much as anything else." - Sport DFW

May 10, 2014 - punter Cody Mandell & long snapper Casey Kreiter signed
Following the Draft, the Cowboys signed undrafted free agents, including punter Cody Mandell (Alabama) and long snapper Casey Kreiter (Iowa).

March 10, 2014 - punter Chris Jones signs tender
"Jones signed an exclusive rights tender after finishing with a net average of 39 yards in his first full season in 2013. He played in two games in 2011 and four more the following season before a knee injury ended his year. Jones had a gross average of 45 yards on 77 punts last season, with 30 downed inside the 20." - USA Today

January 23, 2014 - kicker Dan Bailey signed thru 2020
"The Cowboys officially signed Bailey through the 2020 season, giving the kicker a six-year contract extension. Bailey was set to become a restricted free agent this year but the Cowboys bypassed all of that, giving him a deal that will pay Bailey a little more than $3.3 million per season. This deal makes Bailey the fifth-highest paid kicker in the NFL. But the length of the contract will likely help the Cowboys keep his salary cap figure down for a few years, allowing them to have some wiggle room for other players." - Dallas Cowboys

January 22, 2014 - team negotiating with kicker Dan Bailey
"The Cowboys are in “pretty serious talks” with restricted free agent kicker Dan Bailey on a long-term contract extension, club executive vice president Stephen Jones said Wednesday. 'Optimistic about that,' Jones added from Senior Bowl practices. Bailey missed only two field goals in each of the last two seasons. He’s 89-for-98 on field goal attempts in his three-year career with the Cowboys. Bailey was 28-for-30 on field goal attempts last season and finished the season making converting 21 consecutive attempts." - Dallas Morning News

January 8, 2014 - kicking coach Chris Boniol departs
"Chris Boniol and the Dallas Cowboys have 'mutually agreed' to part ways, the special-teams assistant coach tells me today. 'Jerry Jones, Stephen Jones and Jason Garrett all made great cases on behalf of me staying, and they’ve all been tremendous to work with,' Boniol says. 'But we’ve mutually agreed to move on, with me having some of the best memories and best accomplishments of my life being part of the Cowboys.' Boniol retired as a player in 1999 as the first player in Dallas history to record three straight 100-point seasons and was a member of the Super Bowl XXX champs. After working in private business and as a teacher and coach in North Texas, he rejoined the club in 2010. Last year he signed on for a one-year contract to work under new special-teams coordinator Rich Bisaccia." - CBS DFW

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