IRVING -- The season is here, finally, and there are a few new players at some key positions for the Cowboys. One of them is kicker David Buehler.
Forget the fact he's a strong kickoff guy, NFL-high 29 touchbacks last season. Making field goals is a new job in addition to kickoffs. In the preseason, Buehler made 10-of-11 field goal attempts including four in the preseason finale vs. Miami.
Buehler's 31-yarder as time expired gave the Cowboys a 27-25 victory.
"It's good I was able to show [that I could make big kicks]," Buehler said before Monday's practice at Valley Ranch. "I showed them a lot in practice by putting the ball through the uprights."
Now it's for real and on Sunday the Cowboys visit the Washington Redskinsin a NFC East divisional contest. Buehler is replacing Nick Folk, who is kicking for the New York Jets, after he was released toward the end of last season for missing 10 field goals.
But in Folk's first year as the place kicker, 2007, he reached the Pro Bowl making 26-of-31 field goal tries.
It's hard to determine how good Buehler will be in 2010 yet he did play last season and saw how Folk dealt with his struggles.
"I know what to expect on Sundays," said Buehler, who shaved his head to impress his girlfriend. "It does help going though that year, I've already been though so I know what to expect. I've played [on FedEx Field] and I'm going to back to what I know and getting back to that routine."