Bills K Dan Carpenter: ‘The Definition of Consistency’
25 Jul 2015
(WKBW) - With training camp set to begin on Friday, July 31, the Buffalo Bills will begin a crucial campaign in which they believe they have the team to challenge for a playoff position. Do they have the talent to back it up?

That needs to be decided over the course of the season, but, WKBW is previewing the start of training camp and that very talent with a countdown of the Top 20 most talented Bills.

It's a bit of a different 'most talented' list, because it also takes other factors into consideration. The countdown criteria:

- Overall skill level

- On-the-field performance

- Projection based on film study over the past several years

- Age, and improving/declining ability

To number 18, and a position that may surprise you to find on the top 20:

No. 18 K Dan Carpenter

Age: 29 (11/25/1985)

Height: 6'2"

Weight: 228

Why he's here

- A kicker? Yes, a kicker. Since being brought on to help the Dustin Hopkins injury situation, Carpenter has taken the kicking job and hasn't looked back. He has been absolutely crucial to the operating system on offense, because over the last two years the Bills attacked opponents quite conservatively, and opted for field goals many a time. Carpenter was as close to automatic as you can find. Over the past two seasons, he has had only seven misses and he's enjoyed his best two seasons, posting percentages of 91.7 and 89.5. He's relatively young for the position, has a big leg, and has the cool and calm demeanor you look for in a kicker.

2015 outlook

- With due respect to kickoff specialist Jordan Gay, Carpenter is the unquestioned kicker heading into the 2015 season. If the offense sputters as it did in 2014, he'll have a humongous role to keep the Bills afloat and put points on the board. He has turned himself into one of the most consistent kickers in the league. Due to his position, he can't be much higher on the list, but he has been the definition of consistency the last two seasons.

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