Upset that veteran kicker Dan Carpenter has missed three field goals and an extra point in three preseason games, coach Rex Ryan said after Thursday's preseason loss to the Detroit Lions that the Bills will be looking for a new kicker.
Here was Ryan's reaction after the game to Carpenter's latest miss -- a 40-yard field goal attempt in the third quarter -- according to reporters in attendance:
#Bills HC Rex Ryan: I'm tired of seeing us miss a field goal. We'll certainly be looking. Nobody earns this job by default— Joe Buscaglia (@JoeBuscaglia) September 4, 2015
Rex Ryan: upset w Dan Carpenter's missed 40-yard FG attempt. "Going to look at every kicker known to man if there are any out there." #Bills— Vic Carucci (@viccarucci) September 4, 2015
It's the second time this week that Ryan has put Carpenter on notice. He said Tuesday that he was "concerned" with Carpenter's inaccuracy since returning from the non-football injury list in August.
"I mean, [he] missed a couple field goals and an extra point that is concerning because he missed a lot of camp," Ryan said Tuesday. "We have to see him kick better. Quite honestly he needs to, we are the only team in the league that keeps a kickoff specialist; with that being said you do that to make sure you’re giving your kicker a chance to focus on one thing, and that is field goals."
The Bills are expected to carry kickoff specialist Jordan Gay because Carpenter has historically had a weaker leg on kickoffs, so Carpenter must be more accurate on field goals and extra points -- and he hasn't been this preseason.
If the Bills release Carpenter, they will save $1.3 million off their salary cap this season and $1.76 off their cap next season.
Carpenter signed a four-year deal in March 2014 after finishing the 2013 season with the NFL's 10th-best field goal percentage (91.7). He ranked seventh in the league last season with an 89.5 field goal accuracy rate, including six field goals of 50 yards or more.