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Shayne Graham: I'm better than I showed in D.C.

ARLINGTON, Texas – Shayne Graham is the third-most accurate kicker in NFL history, having made 86 percent of his field goal attempts during his 10-year career.

He’s also a guy who was unemployed after missing a pair of attempts in the Redskins’ preseason opener.

Now he could be considered the favorite by default to be the kicker for the Dallas Cowboys. He signed a one-year deal with the Cowboys after working out for the team Monday.

“I know I’m better than the game I had with the Redskins,” said Graham, who was released by the Redskins after missing from 29 and 49 yards. “I’m confident. I came in here and had a good workout in front of the coaches and everybody, and I don’t think they would have signed me if they weren’t confident in me. I just want the opportunity to do well.”

Graham will get that opportunity in Dallas despite being one of four kickers on the roster. David Buehler, who ranked near the bottom of NFL kickers in field goal accuracy at 75.0 percent last season, is day-to-day with a hip flexor strain and has been inconsistent throughout camp. Rookie Dan Bailey has struggled since a strong start in the Alamodome. Rookie Kai Forbath is on the non-football injury list with a quadriceps strain.

Graham isn’t focused on proving to the Cowboys that he’s a reliable kicker, not worrying about what went wrong in Washington.

“I don’t really dwell on things like that,” said Graham, was 12-of-12 in eight games for the Patriots last season. “The rhythm, the timing wasn’t there. I just think about the things that I need to do right, not so much what I did wrong, what I need to fix, but what I need to do to do things right. So that’s what I focused on during my time – kicking well and hitting the ball strong, hitting the ball solid.”

If Graham does that, there’s a good chance he’ll stick with the Cowboys this season.