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Kicking woes finally gone?

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Danny Smith
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Well, you would hope now with Shayne Graham competing with Dan Bailey that the winner of the Cowboys Kicking job wil l be someone that is accurate and reliable and will help us win close games this year. Bailey has sown to be a good kicker in college (Groza award winner) and has had a very good camp. 
 
Shayne Graham, for those who do not know this, is actually the thid most accurate FG kicker in the history of the NFL. He has converted close to 86% of his kicks in his career, including 79% between 40-49 yards. He falls off drastically (as all kickers seemingly do) over 50 yards converting at 50%.  He is 33 years old, definitely not young but not over the hill for a kicker. 
 
Over the last 2 preseason games, let's see who wins the job. Also, I still think we shoudl keep David Buehler - let him handle kickoffs (boom them out of the endzone) and also play on other special teams units (he has the skills to do that). Also, he could handle the very long FG attempts.
 
That is what I would do - let's see what the Cowboys end up doing...

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I wonder how important Buehler's deep kicks are with the 35-yardline rule this year. I was really surprised how many kicks were run out last night, though - especially since most didn't get past the 15 yardline.

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 Yea - people keep saying he is not as important because of the rule change and then I see most of the kickoffs returned. Buehler is one of a handfull of kickers in the league that can probably kick it out of the endzone almost every time this year insuring we have little to no kickoff returns at all. This is I think pretty valuable with our past history of allowing big kick returns at the absolute worst times in the game...plus he has the added benefit of being physical enough to play on other special teams units. I think honestly he is probably the premier "kickoff specialist" in the game for that reason and if we cut him someone will grab him and get good years of service from him in that role. If we can afford to have such a specialist, I think we need to keep him.

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