Cowboys future focus: K David Buehler


Position: Kicker

Height: 6-2. Weight: 225

College: USC

How acquired: 2009, fifth-round pick

What he did in 2010: David Buehler converted 75 percent of his field goal attempts in his first year on the job, which tied for 13th among NFL kickers. Buehler continues to display his strong leg -- he made four of six kicks of 50 yards or more -- but his inconsistency shook the Cowboys' confidence in him. Of his eight misses, five were to the right. He missed a game-tying attempt vs. New Orleans, and his missed PAT vs. Arizona led to another loss. But Buehler won games vs. Washington and Indianapolis with fourth quarter field goals. He struggled on makeable kicks, missing three of seven tries between 30-39 yards. His kickoffs were strong once again and he's a good tackler, but he has to take the next step and become an accomplished field goal kicker.

What to look for in 2011: Competiton. The Cowboys brought in Kris Brown to compete with Buehler for the field goal job. Brown is a veteran who has made big kicks in his career, but his struggles in 2009 forced the Houston Texans to open the job up to competition, which he lost to Neil Rackers. Brown will be given the chance to win the field goal job in training camp, and it's unknown if the Cowboys will go with two kickers in 2011.

Quotable: “I’m obviously curious about my future but I haven’t asked [about it] no. I hope they give me a chance. I’ve proven I can get the job done. I’ve been through some ups and down and learned from it. This season has definitely been a building year and I feel like I’ve been through pretty much every scenario a kicker can go through in one year. I’ve learned how to overcome them, how to take the positive out of negative situations." - David Buehler

Bryan Broaddus’ Scout’s Eye: There is still that doubt with him. Yeah, you can put him out for a long field goal and you have a good opportunity to make it. But where kickers make their money is between 40-49 yards, and there is some concern there with him. That's the thing that bothers me the most. If you don't have a guy who is consistent between 40-49 yards, I don't know how you can live like that every week.