Dan Bailey made the Dallas Cowboys as a place kicker and nothing more, but since then, he’s been obliged to be a man of many hats. For four games, he took over on kickoffs, as kickoff specialist David Buehler recovered from a groin injury and, last night, with Mat McBriar dealing with an injury to his left foot, he stepped in to punt for the team.
Of course, Bailey’s no McBriar, but he stepped in in the second half, punting twice for a net distance of 37 yards (his long was 41 yards).
"It was a change of pace, but it is what it is. You just have to be ready sometimes," Bailey said, per ESPN Dallas. "It was good go out there and try to help the team win. The main thing is know your role, don't try and go out there and mirror an NFL punter. I'm not that caliber of punter; just go out there and do the best you can and try to get a good ball or at least a good direction so they don't try and return it."
McBriar will reportedly see a specialist about his foot this week.
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