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Cowboys to ride with Buehler

6/22/2010

The Dallas Cowboys announced Tuesday afternoon that kicker Connor Hughes had been released along with four other players who probably don't ring a bell. As of now, the club will enter training camp with only one kicker and his name is David Buehler. Last year, Buehler led the league in touchbacks with 29, but he's never attempted a field goal in the NFL.

So why is owner Jerry Jones convinced that Buehler's the answer at a position where the Cowboys were held hostage last season? I don't have any earthly idea. I've observed Buehler attempt field goals in OTAs and he looks like me at the local driving range.

That said, Buehler has an enormous leg. If former Cowboys kicker-turned-consultant Chris Boniol can point him in the direction, Buehler could have a promising future in the league. But I'd bring in a veteran such as former Lake Highlands (Texas) star Matt Stover as insurance.

If Stover's the better placekicker, Buehler can go back to booming kickoffs and covering punts. If Buehler can't handle the competition, he shouldn't even be in the mix to start with. That's just one man's (humble) opinion, though. Feel free to form your own thoughts in the "comments" section.

Didn't the Cowboys miss a league-high 11 field goals last season?