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Monday, August 31, 2015

Dallas Cowboys Kicker, Punter & Snapper News

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August 31, 2015 - punter Tom Hornsey and long snapper Casey Kreiter released

April 21, 2015 - punter Chris Jones signs free agent tender
"Jones, who has played for the Cowboys since 2011, posted a net average of 39.8 yards per punt that was 14th-best in the NFL last season. In February, the club signed Tom Hornsey to compete with him." - Dallas Morning News

March 16, 2015 - long snapper Casey Kreiter re-signed
"The Cowboys also added long snapper Casey Kreiter, who went to training camp with Dallas last year before being released." - Star-Telegram

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February 19, 2015 - punter Tom Hornsey re-signed
"Hornsey spent just a couple of weeks with the Cowboys last summer, playing in two preseason games against the Ravens and Dolphins. The Aussie punter, who played collegiately at Memphis, joined the team in training camp on Aug. 12, the day after the club released rookie punter Cody Mandell. Hornsey never had a legitimate shot to compete with punter Chris Jones, who just finished his third season with the Cowboys. But Jones is a restricted free agent this spring and it’s uncertain if the Cowboys will give him a qualifying tender of around $1.5 million for 2015. Last August, in his two games with the Cowboys, Hornsey had five punts for an average of 50.2 yards, including a long of 63 yards. Two of his punts were downed inside the 20. Hornsey’s net average of 39.8 yards in the game, was the exact season-long average of Jones. In 2014, Jones had 57 punts for a 45.4 yard average." - Cowboys

January 16, 2015 - long snapper L.P. Ladouceur added to Pro Bowl roster
"The 10-year veteran will make his first trip to the Pro Bowl. He was added as a “need” player, selected by Ravens head coach John Harbaugh. Ladouceur will play for the Baltimore-coached squad. The third-longest tenured player on the Cowboys’ roster, Ladouceur signed with the Cowboys early in the 2005 regular-season when then-head coach Bill Parcells needed to make a change with his long snapper. With the Cowboys already staying the entire week in the Bay Area between road games with the 49ers and Raiders, they called upon the former Cal-Berkley product for a workout. Ladouceur not only was impressive in his brief workout, but he hasn’t had an errant snap in his 10-year career. And now, he will be rewarded." - Cowboys

January 11, 2015 - kicker Dan Bailey gets tipped at Green Bay
Bailey’s 50-yard field goal attempt in the second quarter was tipped, preventing the Cowboys from taking a 17-7 lead. It was the third try by Bailey this season that was either blocked or deflected. And out of the three field goals he attempted in the playoffs, only one split the uprights. Long before he that miscue, Bailey knew it was going to be a challenge to kick accurately on Sunday. 'The field wasn’t ideal all day for anybody, but I think everybody did a pretty good job of getting the right footwear and stuff,' he said." - Dallas Morning News

November 2, 2014 - kicker Dan Bailey gets blocked
"Dan Bailey had not had a field goal blocked since 2011 on a 47-yard attempt that Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul got it. It was the only block of his career before Sunday. But the Cowboys kicker had no chance on his second field-goal attempt Sunday.... Cardinals cornerback Justin Bethel was untouched on his way to blocking a 35-yard attempt on the final play of the first half. It was only the third miss Bailey ever has had from under 40 yards. He missed a 21-yarder in 2011 and missed a 35-yarder last season. 'That’s why we practice,' Bailey said. 'That’s why we work on having a fast operation times and being efficient and protecting well. …Obviously, there was a breakdown somewhere. We will just have to look at it'." - Star-Telegram

October 12, 2014 - kicker Dan Bailey is officially accurate
"Dan Bailey became the most accurate kicker in NFL history on Sunday. Bailey converted all three of his field goal attempts against the Seahawks, including a career-long 56-yarder to tie the score, 20-20, late in the third quarter. His other kicks came from 42 and 31 yards, respectively. Bailey said his record kick wasn’t his prettiest attempt but knew it was good as soon as it left his foot. 'I don’t want to speculate whether or not we would’ve kicked that in the first quarter, but who knows,' Bailey said. 'At the time, we needed three points, and [Jason Garrett] decided to make the call. There’s not too much discussion.' Bailey has now converted 91.07 percent of his kicks [102 of 112]." - Dallas Morning News 

October 5, 2014 - Dan Bailey kicks game winner over Texans
"Bailey saw his franchise record streak of 31 field goals come to an end Sunday afternoon at home against the Texans. Bailey was unable to convert a 53-yard field goal as time expired in the fourth quarter, but converted a 49-yard field goal to win the game in overtime. He converted 2 of 3 field goal attempts and added two extra points in a 20-17 victory." - CBS

September 21, 2014 - kicker Dan Bailey sets record
"The Cowboys kicker is perfect this season and made his 27th and 28th straight field goals Sunday against the Rams, the second of which set the team record for most consecutive field goals made. 'It’s one of those things where it’ll probably mean a little later in my career or when my career’s over, because right now, especially with a game like today, all you can do is just be happy you won,' Bailey said. 'But yeah, obviously any time you can string some kicks together, some successful kicks together, it’s always a positive. It’s always a little bit of a confidence builder for you.' Bailey, who’s 7-for-7 this year, tied Chris Boniol’s team record with his 27th kick on a 29-yard attempt at the end of the first half.... Bailey’s second kick, a 40-yard try in the third quarter, cut the Cowboys’ deficit to just one point and set the record. As that kick proved, his perfect mark this season isn’t a result of kicking chip shots. Five of Bailey’s seven field goals this season have been at least 40 yards out." - Cowboys

September 16, 2014 - kicker Dan Bailey on verge of record
"Bailey has connected on 26 consecutive field goal attempts and just needs one more to match Chris Boniol’s record of 27 straight, set in 1996. If he hits his first two field goal attempts in the dome against the St. Louis Rams on Sunday, he will hold the Dallas Cowboys’ record. Since joining the Cowboys in 2011, Bailey has connected on 91.3 percent of his field goal opportunities and has only missed four tries since the start of the 2012 season." - AXS

September 14, 2014 - Dan Bailey hits four field goals over Titans
Dan Bailey made four lengthy  field goals (48, 44, 51 & 48 yards) in the Cowboys 26-10 win over the Tennessee Titans.

August 26, 2014 - punter Tom Hornsey, long snapper Kasey Kreiter waived
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August 11, 2014 - punter Tom Hornsey to sign
"The Dallas Cowboys will sign punter Tom Hornsey to take the place of Cody Mandell, who was waived over the weekend, according to sources. Hornsey was the Ray Guy Award winner last season at Memphis and averaged 43.1 yards per punt for his career. He had 75 punts of 50 yards or more and 13 of more than 60 yards, including a career-long 79-yarder. Hornsey took part in the New York Jets' rookie minicamp in the spring. He grew up in Australia and played Aussie Rules Football." - ESPN

August 9, 2014 - punter Cody Mandell released
"The Cowboys also released rookie punter Cody Mandell on Saturday. Mandell averaged 43.7 yards per punt on three attempts against the Chargers. He also handled some kickoff duty. Garrett said the plan is to add a kicker who can help spell Dan Bailey during the preseason." - Cowboys

August 4, 2014 - camp kicking
"Dan Bailey hasn’t been kicking every day during training camp. He’s the only kicker on the Dallas Cowboys roster, so special teams coach Rich Bisaccia has limited his workload. 'It’s been good,' Bailey said. 'The schedule has been great, so I feel like I’m fresh. The days that we do kick, they’ve been going well. It’s a little windy but that’s how it is every year when we come out here. If you can battle through that, I’ve learned over the past couple years you can get back to Dallas and it kind of benefits you, so you can’t get too discouraged if it’s too windy out here. It’s been good. I’ve been feeling good'.... On days when he’s not kicking, Bailey will still line up for field goals but stop before completing his motion. 'I’ll kick whenever,' Bailey said. 'I enjoy doing it, but you also have to be conscious of your body. Just like quarterbacks, you’re not going to throw 60-yard throws every time. It’s kind of the same principal. You got to make sure you count your reps so you’re not over-stressing your body'.” - Dallas Morning 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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