A week ago, Jerry Jones told reporters that David Buehler’s job was safe. That, despite rookie kicker Dan Bailey flourishing as the team’s place kicker and drawing praise from Jones himself for his work on kickoffs, Buehler remains an asset to the team. That the team’s no. 1 priority was getting Buehler healthy and ready for the New England Patriots, the Cowboys’ first opponent after the bye.
We weren’t sure why Jones seemed so committed to Buehler then, and we’re all the more convinced that Buehler has become expendable now, following another impressive performance from Bailey.
Bailey was three-for-three on field goal attempts against the Lions Sunday, and has made eleven straight. Also on Sunday, Bailey put five of his six kickoffs into the end zone against Detroit, three of which went for touchbacks. Head coach Jason Garrett has taken notice of Bailey’s rise, but he hasn’t forgotten about Buehler. Not yet, anyway.
"To have the number of touchbacks [Bailey]'s had and also have the location on the ones that weren't touchbacks, it's been very good," Garrett said, per the Dallas Morning News. "We'll continue to evaluate it. David's been a big part of our team. We really think it's an asset to have a guy who can kick the ball through the end zone."
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