The issue isn’t distance. A 33-yard extra point should not be any more difficult than a 33-yard field goal, Dan Carpenter insists.
So why has the Buffalo Bills’ veteran kicker already missed more extra-point attempts this season, the NFL’s first with the snap moved back to make the kick 13 yards longer, than in his seven previous years in the league combined?
“You’ve just got to get used to it,” he said Tuesday, two days after missing his third PAT try of the season in the Bills’ 30-22 loss at Kansas City.
Carpenter only missed one extra point with Buffalo in 2014 and had one blocked when he was with the Miami Dolphins in 2009, his second year in the NFL.
“The whole thought process” before a PAT “is like, ‘Hey, you scored a touchdown!’” he said. “You’re celebrating with your team and you’re feeling real good. And you go out and you could just hit that 20-yard extra point that it used to be and knock it through and move on and be happy and celebrate.
“Well, now, you have to get out of that mind frame a little bit, because it’s not just that anymore. I think that’s just kind of the hard part with it. There’s not an excuse for it. You’ve still got to make it.”
Nevertheless, Carpenter finds himself struggling to separate from the way he once viewed extra points to the new way that the new distance requires that he approach them.
“The hard part is just getting in your mind that it’s not really an extra point,” Carpenter said. “It is, it’s worth one point, but it’s hard to get into the frame that” distance-wise “it’s a field goal. When you’re kicking a field goal, it’s like the offense fails and you’re going out to finish the drive. Now, it’s getting in the right frame of mind to go out and kick a field goal instead of the extra point kind of thing.
“Looking at the kickers in the league, it’s not a physical thing. I mean, everyone can hit a 33-yard field goal, that’s just how it is. And everyone expects to be a hundred percent on 33-yard field goals. … All I can do is go out and try to make the rest the rest of the year.”
The Bills Tuesday signed defensive tackle T.J. Barnes, defensive end Lavar Edwards, and linebacker Kevin Reddick.
The 6-foot-7, 364-pound Barnes had been on the New York Jets’ practice squad. He entered the league with the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2013 as an undrafted free agent from Georgia Tech. In 12 games with the Jets, Barnes was credited with seven tackles, one pass defensed and a tackle for loss.
The Bills signed the 6-4, 275-pound Edwards from the Dallas Cowboys’ practice squad. He also spent time with the Chicago Bears, Oakland Raiders, and Tennessee Titans, who made him a fifth-round draft pick from LSU in 2013. In 12 career games (including one start), he was credited with 10 tackles, one pass defensed and one tackle for loss.
Reddick, whom the New Orleans Saints signed in 2013 as an undrafted free agent from North Carolina, had been on the Bills’ practice squad earlier in the season.
The Bills officially placed defensive tackle Kyle Williams on their injured-reserve list after he underwent season-ending knee surgery.
Linebacker AJ Tarpley, cut by the team Monday, was added to the Bills’ practice squad.
The Bills and Unyts will host the Gift of Life Blood Drive at Ralph Wilson Stadium on Monday from noon to 7 p.m.
Donors will receive an ornament autographed by Rex Ryan or a Bills player, an exclusive tour of the stadium (including a visit to the game-day locker room), and a chance to meet Bills alumni. Additionally, they will be entered into a contest to win a pair of tickets to one of the Bills’ final two regular-season home games: Dec. 27 against Dallas or Jan. 3 against the Jets. Unyts will announce winners on its Facebook page from Dec. 7-11.