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July 29, 2010

Getting his kicks

David Buehler responded well to the release of the only other kicker in camp by going 6-for-6 today. The Cowboys worked on shorter kicks and all were 30 yards or less, but those are the kicks that have to be automatic.

“It’s good when the field goal kicker doesn’t miss any,” Cowboys coach Wade Phillips deadpanned. “That makes you more confident. He’s been working at it. I do think he’s gifted. He obviously has a strong leg, but he has a smooth delivery of the ball. When he hits it, he doesn’t hit a hook. His is straight and end over end and those the kind that are the best candidates for field goal kickers.”

Buehler finished first in the NFL with 29 touchbacks on kickoffs last year, but Phillips said the kicker has been even better in camp. He is working on kicking more kickoffs to the left this season. Phillips said a lot of Buehler's kickoffs wen to the right side last year.

"He's controlling the ball better," Phillips said, adding that Buehler is kicking off even better than he did last season.

-- Jan Hubbard

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