On Friday, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones vented frustration regarding injured kicker David Buehler, who was placed on Injured Reserve (IR) Thursday.
“Let me just say this, I’m frustrated because you would expect players to, and I understand injuries, but he has known all along how to prepare and how to get into shape and how to prepare himself and be ready to be a kicker,” Jones said. “It’s frustrating to have your kicker injured. He’s a valuable asset, especially with the rules as they are right now.
“We’re going to be playing some key away games out in the weather and we’d like to have him kicking in them because he is a better kickoff guy than Bailey. I’m very frustrated. It is his job to stay ready to play and prepare himself so that those kinds of things, for what he’s got to do, don’t come up.”
It’s now assumed Bailey will handle kickoff duties as well as field goal attempts, although fellow undrafted rookie Kai Forbath has been practicing kickoffs this week. With the new rules Jones mentioned, Bailey’s job as the kickoff man is easier, meaning Buehler’s injury is less critical to the Cowboys’ success this season.
No team should carry two kickers on the active roster; it takes up a spot that could be used to evaluate a younger player or make room for an extra backup in case of an injury. Jones’ frustration is extremely validated, but he shouldn’t worry about it too much. The Cowboys are in good hands, or I guess technically feet, with Bailey.
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