Rarely do kickers get their due.
Carpenter is coming off a down season, but he’s been a valuable weapon for Miami since joining the team a few seasons ago. He’s a strong, accurate kicker who has bailed out an offense that tends to sputter the closer it gets to the goal line.
On a team that can’t score, a kicker can be the difference between the cellar or the top of a division. Carpenter hasn’t been able to singlehandedly put Miami in the playoffs, but he’s kept them more competitive than they would have been, as Chad Henne has gone through some serious growing pains.
Hopefully, Carpenter will rebound this season and put himself among the top kickers in the conference. There’s plenty of potential, but again, he will have to do most of the work himself since Miami has failed to improve its offense.