Dan Carpenter is the most accurate field-goal kicker in Bills history, but he struggled with extra points last season after the NFL changed the kicks from 20-yard chip shots to 33-yard attempts.
Carpenter continued his sluggish performance on the former freebies Sunday against the Rams, failing to convert for the second time this year. He has also missed two field goals this season.
So it was interesting when the Bills signed kicker Marshall Morgan to their practice squad on Tuesday. The Georgia product also spent time with the Bills over the summer, giving Carpenter a push before being cut early in training camp.
But Ryan insisted Wednesday the team wasn't trying to send a message with the signing.
"No, the message is we were impressed with this young man as a kicker," Ryan said. "He'll also punt during the week because Colton [Schmidt] won't be able to punt. So that's kind of the message we're sending."
Ryan said Schmidt is dealing with a quad injury after he "took one for the team" Sunday, drawing a 15-yard penalty on hit from L.A.'s Josh Forrest that gave the Bills a first down.
Schmidt, who's also Carpenter's holder, was able to finish the game after the hit.