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Buffalo Bills not releasing Dan Carpenter, per Rex Ryan

Despite missing kicks in four straight games, the Bills aren't looking to move on from their kicker.

Matt Warren is Associate Director of NFL coverage for SB Nation and previously covered the Bills for Buffalo Rumblings for more than a decade.

Dan Carpenter is having a bad season. That doesn't mean Rex Ryan and the Buffalo Bills are ready to move on, even if he has been calling him out since the preseason.

"We're not getting rid of Dan Carpenter," Ryan said Monday after Carpenter missed a kick for the fourth straight week. Carpenter has missed four extra points this season including one on Sunday after the Bills scored inside the two-minute warning.

"Moving that thing back, there's a lot of people who miss kicks," Ryan added. "Look, we've got a veteran kicker. You guys know he can kick in the conditions, and not everybody can do that."

Just this season, 54 extra points have been missed around the NFL. The one Carpenter hit off the upright Sunday has been placed squarely on the shoulders of holder Colton Schmidt, who was unable to spin the laces to the out position. Ryan mentioned the hold in his press conference Monday, as well.

Carpenter has made just 80% of his field goal attempts and is 13-of-15 inside 50 yards hitting three-of-five over 50 including one off the goalpost Sunday.

Ryan also added that Carpenter's struggles won't nudge him into going for two more often, but with the weather in Buffalo, the head coach also said not to rule out the weather playing a role. (The Bills have just a 25% conversion rate on two-point tries in 2015.)

It should also be noted that Rex didn't say anything about the offseason. Carpenter is owed more than $2 million for 2016 and Buffalo would save almost $1 million on the cap by moving him off the squad.