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September 27, 2012

Bailey getting ready to work with holder No. 2 on place kicks, also aims to neutralize Bears' Devin Hester on kickoffs

Dan Bailey had three holders his rookie year. Mat McBriar, Tony Romo and Chris Jones.

This year, the count is about to be up to two. Jones is hurt, so new punter Brian Moorman will be doing the holding on Monday night against the Bears.

No biggie, said Bailey.

“He’s obviously a guy who has been in the league for a while,” Bailey said. “He knows what he’s doing. It’s not like something new that he hasn’t ever done. It’s just a familiarity thing, wondering what he’s used to and him kind of wondering what I’m used to, and then we’ll kind of make a compromise and work together and try and make it work.

“You just have to adapt. I don’t see it being a problem come Monday night at all.”

Bailey has another challenge. He has to try to neutralize the kickoff return ability of Chicago’s Devin Hester. The best way is via the touchback, but Bailey has only four touchbacks on 11 kickoffs.

“He is that guy that could be 9 deep, and he’s still going to bring it out,” Bailey said. “That’s just his mentality. I’m going to take it as a personal challenge and try to go head-to-head with him and eliminate his chances as much as I can, and hopefully as a team we can do that even more collectively.”

Of his kickoffs, Bailey said he’s improved some.

“I would like to get a little more consistent,” he said. “But yeah, I think I’ve improved. If anything, I’ve improved from last year a little bit and I’ve just got to keep it going.”

-- Carlos Mendez

Twitter @calexmendez

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