After an uninspiring, training camp-long search, the Dallas Cowboys opted to keep two kickers on the 53 man roster. As of now, Dan Bailey is the place kicker while David Buehler is charged with kickoff duties and, we’d imagine, most field goal attempts over 50 yards long.
But a third kicker remains in the wings in the form of Kai Forbath, an undrafted rookie out of UCLA. The 2010 Lou Groza Award winner as the nation’s best kicker, Forbath is currently on the non-football injury list with a quad injury. He will be cleared to practice with the team after week six, but is already preparing for his return, easing back into action “just nice and easy” until the pain is gone completely.
"I'm doing some stuff on my own," Forbath said, per ESPN Dallas. "I've hit the ball a little bit and I hit it a little harder every day until it gets there."
As we have yet to see Forbath in action, we don’t really know what to expect out of him. But he finished his career at UCLA with an 84.2 percent success rate on field goal attempts--and the mere fact that Dallas has kept him around suggests that he has a promising upside.
"I'm taking it as a compliment they still want me," Forbath said.
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