Cardinals strike 1-year deal with free agent K Dan Carpenter
The 27-year-old Carpenter was released by the Miami Dolphins last week after a five-year stint with the team. He was cut in favor of rookie Caleb Sturgis, who was drafted by the Miami Dolphins in the fifth-round out of the University of Florida this April. Carpenter was in uniform Wednesday put did not take part in the Cardinals’ practice.
It could be an interesting competition kicking between Carpenter and Feely, seeing how they both have history. Carpenter previously ousted the 37-year-old Feely for the Dolphins’ kicking job when he initially joined the team as an undrafted free agent in 2008. But the question remains – can he beat out the much older Feely again?
"As you get older, you have to prove that you still have it and that you can still do the job and do a great job at it," Feely said before Wednesday's practice. "That's what I've been trying to do every day."
Carpenter connected on 22-of-27 of his kicks, while Feely converted 25-of-28 his field goals last season. For their careers, Carpenter has converted 81.9 percent of his field goals attempts (127 of 155), whereas Feely made 82.6 percent (299 of 362).
"It's kind of a little bit déjà vu,” Carpenter said of battling Feely again for the kicking job, only this time with a different team.
"He's a great guy, he's a great competitor, obviously a great kicker," Carpenter added. "He's been in this league many, many years more than I have. You know, it will be fun."
Moreover, Feely doesn’t seem to harbor any hard feeling over losing his kicking job to Carpenter back in Miami.
"There was a lot more to it than my percentages and my performances on the field,” Feely said, before listing the improvement in his statistics, now with the Cardinals. "I think I'm third in the NFL in makes over 47 yards the last four years, fifth in percentage, fifth in percentage under 47 yards. So I'm happy with how I performed over the last few years of my career and happy with my training camp so far."
Cardinals coach Bruce Arians believes that the two veterans battling for the same job against each other pose some health competition in camp.
"We've been consistent that whenever there's the potential to make our football team better we're going to explore that opportunity,” Arians said.