Typically, the preseason is a time for evaluation, a period of getting a closer look at young players, seeing how they perform in a competitive but ultimately consequence-free setting. But in the case of David Buehler--arguably the greatest question mark on the team--there has been quite little to evaluate. Buehler hasn’t attempted a field goal in the past two weeks.
Currently, the converted kickoff specialist is five of six on field goal attempts. His only miss--and what a miss it was--came from 49-yards out. Which makes him, with only one preseason game remaining on the schedule, a notable mystery on the Dallas roster.
This is unfortunate, but, as a kicker, Buehler understands that he is more or less obliged to be patient as he awaits his next test. The team is confident in him based on his performance in practice, but they, and Buehler to be certain, are anxious to get him some more live reps.
“I want to kick everything you know, I’m just ready on the sidelines to go, and kicking’s always situational,” Buehler told the team’s official website. “I don’t determine when I kick. You’ve got to be there when you’re called on. I get a lot of reps in practice and I approach them the same way as I do in the game, so... The more game reps I have the better off I’ll be, but like I said, kicking is situational so I just have to be ready whenever.”
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