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Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Buffalo Bills Kicker, Punter & Snapper News

 
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October 13 2015 - kicker Billy Cundiff released
"Cundiff was brought in last week to replace kickoff specialist Jordan Gay, but in his debut at Tennessee, he failed to produce a touchback in three attempts. Dan Carpenter handled both extra points in the game, and he will continue on in that role." - Democrat & Chronicle

October 7, 2015 - kicker Billy Cundiff signed
"Three days after Dan Carpenter missed a 30-yard field goal in the Buffalo Bills' 24-10 loss Sunday to the New York Giants, the Bills signed veteran kicker Billy Cundiff on Wednesday. The Bills will carry both Carpenter and Cundiff on their 53-man roster for the immediate future, although coach Rex Ryan said Wednesday that it's possible the team will keep only one of the two kickers for Sunday's game against the Tennessee Titans. Asked which kicker would handle field goals in Tennessee, Ryan said, 'We'll see how the week goes.' The Bills listed Carpenter with a left knee injury last week but Ryan said Wednesday that Carpenter is 'fine'. To make room for Cundiff, the Bills waived kicker Jordan Gay, who had handled kickoffs in place of Carpenter since the start of the 2014 season. 'Sometimes just carrying a kickoff guy, sometimes isn't the best thing for your team,' Ryan said. 'But this move had nothing to do with Jordan. I think Jordan did a tremendous job in the role that he had'." - ESPN

September 3, 2015 - coach Ryan says kicker search may be on
"coach Rex Ryan called out his kicker earlier this week after he missed field goals in consecutive preseason games and missed an extra point in Week 3. Ryan said Carpenter, who has made 91 percent of his field goals in two seasons with the Bills, needed to be better and that he was "concerned" with the kicker's performance. So when Carpenter's 40-yard field goal attempt clanked off the right upright in the Bills' preseason finale against the Lions on Thursday, Ryan was visibly disgusted. After the game, he expressed that disappointment. 'I'm tired of missing field goals,' Ryan said. 'We have a kickoff guy and we miss field goals. I don't get it. So we'll certainly be looking out there. I don't know if there's any out there, but nobody gets this job by default. You have to earn your way out here. I'm very disappointed in that, and I don't care who knows it.' Carpenter is now 3-for-6 on field goals this preseason and has a missed extra point to his name. He spent the early part of training camp battling a hamstring injury, and that may have impacted his play." - Syracuse.com

August 16, 2015 - Dan Carpenter back on active roster
"The Buffalo Bills announced on Sunday that Dan Carpenter was added back to the team’s active roster. Buffalo’s kicker had been dealing with a hamstring injury since the start of training camp and was placed on the team’s non-football injury list." - Scout

July 30, 2015 - kicker Dan Carpenter placed on NFI list
"Kicker Dan Carpenter will begin training camp on the sidelines.... assigned to the Active/Non-Football Injury list Thursday. The NFI designation covers injuries sustained away from football-related activities. The club did not disclose the nature of the injuries sustained." - Bills

May 2, 2015 - punter Spencer Roth signed
The Bills signed undrafted punter Spencer Roth out of Baylor.

March 9, 2015 - kickoff specialist Jordan Gay extended
"A few days after the Bills tendered three of their exclusive rights free agents they secured the services of their fourth and final ERFA. Buffalo signed kickoff specialist Jordan Gay to a multi-year extension Monday. The multi-year deal for Gay gives clear indication that the club intends to move forward with the kickoff specialist. Last season, Gay’s first with the Bills, he finished ninth in the league in touchback percentage with a success rate of 60.5 percent, improving the team’s touchback rate almost 20 percent from 2013 (41.5%) when Buffalo ranked 24th in the league. Buffalo moved from the 17th-best kick coverage unit to third this past season allowing a return average of just 20 yards." - Bills

December 29, 2014 - kicker Dan Carpenter breaks his record
"Dan Carpenter made his only field goal attempt of the game yesterday, preserving his place in Buffalo Bills history. With his 34th conversion of the season, Carpenter became the franchise leader in field goals made in a single season, passing Steve Christie's mark of 33, which was done in 1998. Buffalo made the playoffs that season, but did not this season. Carpenter converted on 34-of-38 field goals this season, putting him at 89.5 percent on the season." - Sports Media 101

December 21, 2014 - kicker Dan Carpenter ties his record
"He made his 33rd field of the season to tie the franchise single-season record set by himself in 2013 and Steve Christie in 1998. Carpenter is 33-37 (89.19 percent) this year which gives him the third most accurate single-season field goal percentage in Bills history.... As was recently discussed by buffalobills.com, special teams have played an integral role toward the Bills’ success in 2014. Carpenter’s 33 field goals leads the league and, including extra points, he has the fifth most points among kickers with 128. With his 54-yard kick Sunday, Carpenter joins a short list – just he and Falcons K Matt Bryant – to have at least six field goals from 50 yards in 2014." - Bills

December 14, 2014 - Dan Carpenter kicks four field goals in win over Packers
"Facing the highest scoring team in the NFL, and a team with the best turnover margin in the league, Buffalo’s defense held Aaron Rodgers and the Packers to 10 points through three and a half quarters. Special teams added a 75-yard punt return for a score and a quartet of field goals from Dan Carpenter to lift the Bills to a surprising 21-13 win over Green Bay." - Bills

October 5, 2014 - Dan Carpenter kicks 58 yard game winner over Detroit
"Fifty-eight yards. That's how far Dan Carpenter's game-winning field goal traveled Sunday afternoon to give the Bills a remarkable, stunning, 17-14 victory over the Detroit Lions at Ford Field.Carpenter's kick, which cleared the crossbar with four seconds left, came 22 seconds after Detroit kicker Alex Henery missed a 50-yarder that would have given the Lions the lead, his third failure of the day." - Democrat & Chronicle

September 14, 2014 - Dan Carpenter kicks even more against Miami
Carpenter made five field goals (27, 27, 31, 32 & 38 yards) in the Bills 29-10 win over the Dolphins.

September 10, 2014 - kicker Dan Carpenter was named the AFC Special Teams Player of Week
"Carpenter kicked three field goals during the Bills' 23-20 overtime victory over the Chicago Bears, including the game-winning 27-yarder. He also connected from 50 yards in the second quarter, the longest of any AFC player in Week One. Carpenter won his fifth career Special Teams Player of the Week award and first since 2010 with Miami. The 28-year-old is in his seventh season out of Montana." -  Buffalo News

September 7, 2014 - Dan Carpenter kicks overtime field goal for win over Bears
"It took overtime, but Buffalo gutted out a back and forth game with an inspired rushing effort that almost went for 200 yards and an opportunistic defense that recorded three takeaways in a 23-20 win at Chicago.... Dan Carpenter hit a 50-yard field goal to get points off the turnover and the lead (10-7) midway through the second quarter.... Buffalo re-took the lead capitalizing on the defense’s third takeaway of the game as Dan Carpenter put a 33-yard field goal up and through with four minutes remaining in regulation. Chicago answered with a field goal drive of their own to force overtime. But C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson combined for 57 of the 69 yards gained on the game-winning drive before Dan Carpenter finished with a 27-yard field goal for the win." - Bills

August 30, 2014 - punter Colton Schmidt reportedly signed
"According to Aaron Wilson of The Baltimore Sun, the Bills have signed  punter Colton Schmidt to an undisclosed contract. Schmidt originally signed with the San Francisco 49ers as an undrafted rookie out of UC Davis. He was then released by the 49ers and had a brief (less than a week) stint with the Cleveland Browns before his release. The 49ers re-signed Schmidt in January of 2014 before releasing him this summer as part of one of their cuts. Schmidt, 23, participated in the first three preseason games with the 49ers before his eventual release. He had seven opportunities in those three games and posted a net average of 46.1 yards per punt." - WGR 550

August 29, 2014 - long snapper Garrison Sanborn extended
"According to a league source, Sanborn's new contract is a three-year extension that will pay a total of $3.3 million over the lifetime of the deal. The three years are tacked on to the final year of his current contract, so he's not set to hit free agency again until March of 2018. His new contract makes him one of the top five highest paid players at his position in the National Football League. In 2013, he was tied for the league lead in special teams tackles by a long snapper with Zak DeOssie of the New York Giants. Sanborn first came to the Bills in 2009 after auditioning at a rookie tryout and quickly won the job. He's been a mainstay in Buffalo ever since, playing in every single game over the past five seasons." - WGR 550

August 29, 2014 - punter Brian Moorman released
"Veteran punter Brian Moorman is out for a second time in Buffalo.... Moorman is a 13-year NFL veteran who spent 12 seasons in Buffalo. After being cut by the team in 2012, he re-signed with the Bills last October. He struggled this preseason, averaging 40.25 yards, and shanked several attempts against the Lions.... Moorman anticipated his release by posting a "Thank You" letter on the team's website shortly after the cuts were announced. 'Today is certainly bittersweet. But I can truly tell you that wherever the road takes us, we will always consider ourselves members of the Buffalo Bills family,' Moorman wrote on behalf of himself and his wife, Amber. 'It may be the end of a career, but it's certainly not the end of a friendship.' Moorman became a fan-favourite because of his play off the field and involvement in charitable organizations in Buffalo. He holds team records with 259 punts inside the 20 and 923 total punts, and ranks second in averaging 43.7 gross yards per punt. The Bills claimed punter Jordan Gay on Tuesday." - CBC

August 26, 2014 - punter Jordan Gay claimed off waivers
"The Buffalo Bills aren't done looking for competition at punter or kickoff specialist. On Tuesday, the Bills were awarded punter Jordan Gay, who was released by the Carolina Panthers on Aug. 24. Gay entered the league as an undrafted free agent in 2013 out of Centre College in Danville, Ky. He was later cut by the Panthers and played in two regular-season games for the Giants during the 2013 season before being released in May. The Panthers picked him back up but released him on Sunday. So far this preseason, Gay has four punts for 141 yards, good for an average of 35.3 yards per punt and a net average of 32.5 yards per punt. His long was 59 yards and one of his punts landed inside the 20-yard line. For the Bills, Gay could provide competition both at punter and as a kickoff specialist, both areas in which Bills coach Doug Marrone has said the team will try to improve. Punter Brian Moorman has had a few rough punts in the preseason." - Post-Standard

August 25, 2014 - kicker Dustin Hopkins, punter Jake Dombrowski released
"Kicker Dustin Hopkins and punter Jake Dombrowski were both waived, ending competitions at both positions. Hopkins had been battling for a spot as a kickoff specialist but ultimately didn't show a marked difference in that area over Dan Carpenter, who was already considered better on field goals. Dombrowski didn't punt at all in Saturday's loss and never got his footing against 38-year-old incumbent Brian Moorman." - ESPN

July 22, 2014 - punting competition
"Brian Moorman is at least facing a bit of a challenge in having to beat out Jake Dombrowski for the punting duties. On the third day of practice, Moorman came away the clear winner. On punts that were designed to gather both distance and hang time, Moorman was far more effective. On seven punts, he averaged a hang time of 4.85 seconds, getting in to the five-second realm twice. Dombrowski’s punts were shorter and only had an average hang time of 4.68 seconds on his six attempts. Although Dombrowski had the best individual hang time of the day (5.26), his day wasn't as good as the one Moorman had." - WGR 550

July 22, 2014 - Dustin Hopkins kickoff specialist only
"It’s early in camp and Dan Carpenter has taken all the FG attempts. Dustin Hopkins has only taken kickoffs in practice. On Tuesday head coach Doug Marrone confirmed that Hopkins is strictly a kickoff specialist. In fact Marrone stated that kickoff specialist is the role Hopkins has to try and land. 'He had to try to make the roster as a kickoff specialist,' said Marrone." - Bills

May 20, 2014 - punter Jake Dombrowski hangs 'em
"The Harvard grad didn’t get a lot of opportunities to kick through the course of the three days, but did on the final day Monday. The report coming in was he is a great hang time punter and he didn’t disappoint. Kicking 50-yarders consistently, Dombrowski was also maintaining a very unofficial (my watch) hang time in the five second range, which is very good. Here were the unofficial hang times on his last four kicks Monday, all of which were in the distance range of 50 yards: 4.99 seconds, 5.06 seconds, 5.26 seconds & 4.91 seconds. Those numbers are pretty solid. Of course beating a veteran the stature of Brian Moorman out for a job is another matter. We’ll see what happens at training camp." - Bills

April 9, 2014 - punter Jake Dombrowski signed
"Harvard punter Jake Dombrowski just signed a contract with the Buffalo Bills. Jake will do battle with 14 yr vet Brian Moorman to win the position with the Bills." - Perla Sports Management

March 11, 2014 - kicker Dan Carpenter re-signed
"The Bills have re-signed K Dan Carpenter. In accordance with team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. Carpenter matched a Bills record for field goals made in a season with 33 in 2013 and established a personal best 131 points - third most by a Bill in a season. He converted 33-of-36 field goal attempts and each of his 32 extra point tries to rank sixth in the AFC with 131 points on the year. The 6-2, 228-pound Montana product joined the Bills as a free agent on September 3, 2013. He spent his first five years in the NFL with Miami after signing with the Dolphins as an undrafted free agent in 2008." - Buffalo Bills

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