The Arizona Cardinals have upped the ante a bit for kicker Jay Feely. After missing a 30-yard field goal in their preseason game against the Dallas Cowboys on Saturday, head coach Bruce Arians called that "unacceptable" and spoke of accountability. The team has added a kicker, Dan Carpenter, formerly of the Miami Dolphins, to battle Feely for the job.
Additionally, receivers Robert Gill (he of treadmill fame) and Robby Toma were released by the team. Toma had played collegiately with Michael Floyd at Notre Dame.
Carpenter (6-2, 225) joins the Cardinals after spending the past five seasons with the Miami Dolphins. A Pro Bowl selection in 2009, Carpenter played in 14 games with the Dolphins last season and led Miami with 92 points, going 22 for 27 on field goals with 26 extra points. He was released by the Dolphins on August 14.
The 27-year old Carpenter originally signed with Miami as an undrafted rookie free agent in 2008 out of Montana and was named to numerous All-Rookie teams after scoring 103 points and kicking in all 16 games. Carpenter has eclipsed the 100-point plateau in four of his five seasons, including in 2010 when he had a career high 115 points.
For his career, Carpenter has connected on 127 of 155 field goal attempts (81.9%) with 154 extra points for 535 points in 76 regular season games.
Though it is probably obvious, I think it is safe to say that Feely is in trouble.
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