Dallas Cowboys’ kicker David Buehler was brought into the fold for the express purpose of booting the ball through the end zone, eliminating kickoff returns and forcing the opposition to start their drives at their own 20-yard-line--and he’s been pretty good at that over two seasons.
In 2009, his rookie year, Buehler led the league (and set a franchise record) with 29 touchbacks. He failed to record a touchback through the first five weeks of 2010, but finished with 22.
Naturally, Buehler welcomes the new NFL rules, which allow kickers to kick from the 30-, rather than the 25-yard-line.
"It puts me five yards closer of achieving my goal on every kickoff which is booming it deep in the end zone and forcing the opposing team to drive 80 yards on our defense,'' Buehler said. "It's also easier at shutting down some of the electrifying returners they've got in the game these days.''
Buehler, who is competing for the kicking job with former Texans’ kicker Kris Brown, added that he hopes to beat his rookie mark of 29 touchbacks in 2011.
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