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Bills confirm signing of kicker Dan Carpenter

By Jay Skurski

The Buffalo Bills today announced they have signed kicker Dan Carpenter.

The 27-year-old is entering his sixth NFL season, after spending the first five with the Miami Dolphins. Carpenter was cut by Miami during training camp after getting beat out by rookie Caleb Sturgis. He also had four-day stints with the Arizonal Cardinals and New York Jets before joining the Bills.

For his career, Carpenter is 127 of 155 (81.9 percent) on field-goal attempts, with a career long of 60 yards. He went 22 of 27 (81.5 percent) with a long of 53 yards last season for Miami. Carpenter, 6-foot-2 and 228 pounds, has put 97 of 357 career kickoffs into the end zone for touchbacks, 27.2 percent.  

Carpenter originally entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent out of Montana. he joins rookie Dustin Hopkins on the Bills' 53-man roster at kicker. Hopkins reportedly suffered a groin injury during Monday's practice, but the team has not commented on the severity of the injury. The team is off today.

Carpenter's signing puts the Bills at the 53-man roster limit.


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Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

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