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Rex Ryan gives Dan Carpenter strong vote of confidence

Dan Carpenter is having the second-worst year of his professional career.

But the Buffalo Bills' kicker isn't in danger of losing his job.

"We're not getting rid of Dan Carpenter," Bills coach Rex Ryan said Monday afternoon, cutting right to the chase after Carpenter missed a field goal and an extra point during Buffalo's 30-21 victory over the Houston Texans on Sunday.

Carpenter has now missed four extra points this season from the new 33-yard distance after having only missed two in his first seven seasons when it was from 20 yards. During Sunday's games, there were nine missed extra points – more than there were all of last season (eight). So far in 2015, 54 extra points have been unsuccessful.

"Moving that thing back, there's a lot of people who miss kicks," Ryan said.  "Look, we've got a veteran kicker. You guys know he can kick in the conditions, and not everybody can do that."

Carpenter, through his first two seasons with Buffalo, made 90.5 percent of his field goals. He has made just 80 percent so far this year, converting 16 of 20 attempts. His latest miss came Sunday when he hit the left upright from 50 yards.

"You can't kick it better than he kicked it," Ryan said. "The extra point, obviously, we wish we had back."

On the missed extra point, which came after the Bills had taken a 26-21 lead in the fourth quarter, holder Colton Schmidt was unable to get the laces out. As any Ace Ventura fan knows, that's bad news for a kicker.

"I think Colton probably wishes he had that hold back a little bit," Ryan said. "I don't think it was exactly where we wanted. We ended up kicking the laces on that one."

Ryan said Carpenter's issues with extra points would not lead to an increase in two-point conversion attempts. The Bills are just 1 for 4 when going for two this year.

"I say no, but obviously if there's a gale-force wind or something that shows up, which we're hoping for the last two games of the regular season, then maybe," Ryan said, "but if the conditions are what they are, or what they were this past week, then no, we'll just go ahead and kick it. I'm confident in Dan."

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