David Buehler Proving Himself As a Kicker For Dallas Cowboys

Derek MajorCorrespondent IAugust 13, 2010

ARLINGTON, TX - AUGUST 12:  David Buehler #18 of the Dallas Cowboys celebrates with Mat McBriar #1 after Buehler kicked a field goal against the Oakland Raiders in the preseason game at Dallas Cowboys Stadium on August 12, 2010 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
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Towards the end of last season many Cowboys fan got very nervous when the field goal unit came on to the field for an attempt, and after the Cowboys decided to give David Buehler the first shot at the job this season, those fans were still nervous. 

However, the Cowboys made sure that Buehler had every resource available for him to win this job, including bringing in former Cowboys kicker Chris Boniol to mentor Buehler.

While Buehler's progress was kept mostly quiet during OTAs and mini-camps, we all knew eventually he'd have to show up on the field and so far the results have been solid. 

Last night Buehler hit three field goals from 42, 27, and 29 yards out, making him six for seven so far this preseason, and the one he missed he admitted that he rushed his routine. Buehler also said that kicking field goals wouldn't affect his ability to kickoff, as he had touchdowns on every kickoff he had. 

Buehler also knows that although he's had a good preseason, the job isn't his just yet.

"I don't have the job security. Every kick is a pressure kick. Every kick I need to put the ball through the uprights."

The Cowboys offense was so inept in last night's game that he was the MVP of the game and was shown on the big screen riding a stationary bike, "I was a little happy about that," Buehler said. "Kickers don't always get MVP of the game, so I was pretty stoked."

Injuries don't pile up

The one good thing about last night's game is that the Cowboys suffered just one injury. Safety Mike Hamlin suffered a neck strain in the third quarter of last night's game, but the injury isn't considered serious. 

The Cowboys did hold out 13 players from last night's game including linebacker Sean Lee, Safety Akwasi Owusu-Ansah and tight end Martellus Bennett, but head coach Wade Phillips expects all of them to see some action next week.

"I expect a lot of them to play. Certainly (Sean) Lee and Akwasi (Owusu-Ansah) and Martellus (Bennett) and some of those guys. They should play."

Defense continues to play well

The Cowboys defense once again showed its dominance and depth as they haven't given up a TD until the fourth quarter for the second game in a row. The starting unit has given up just 24-yards in the two games they've appeared in.

In the only TDs that have been scored against Dallas were set up by an interception or long punt return, showing that if the Cowboys red zone woes continue into the season the defense will be able to keep them in games, like in last season's 7-6 win over the Redskins.