Miami Dolphins At 50: Kickers and Punters
By Dan Heaning
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No. 4 – Matt Turk
The other punter with over 200 attempts but without any punts blocked is Matt Turk, who played four nonconsecutive years in Miami.
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Turk came aboard in 2000 and played the next season with the Dolphins before heading to New Jersey to play for the New York Jets. Turk would return to Miami in 2003 then put together one of the best, or just overused, campaigns by a punter in Dolphins history.
In 2004, Turk punted for a franchise record 98 times. His 4,088 total punting yards that season is second in club history. However, neither stat was quite enough to finish first in the league.
In 2001, Turk tied the franchise marks for longest punt with a booming 77-yard kick which led the league that season as well.
During his first season as a Dolphin, Turk broke the 90-punt mark. His 92 punts in 2000 places him into third place in franchise history and his yardage that season (3,870) is fourth all-time.
With two very overused seasons under his belt, Turk racked up quite a few yards (13,910) and attempts (339) in his four years and 61 games as a Dolphin.
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No. 4 – Dan Carpenter
Joe Philbin probably shouldn’t have let this guy go. Dan Carpenter has had only one season with a field goal percentage below 80.
Now, he’s on Buffalo and put up his two best career percentages while Caleb Sturgis has yet to become a consistent enough kicker. Especially following in Carpenter’s shoes.
Carpenter made the fourth most field goals in team history and has three of the best single season kicking campaigns. His 2009 was so good that he earned his only Pro Bowl appearance to date.
Carpenter’s 81.9 kick percentage is the best in franchise history among kickers with over 30 attempts. Yes, he is the most accurate kicker, that made it past one season with the team, in franchise history.
Now the Dolphins and their fans can always look forward to seeing Carpenter make field goals as a Buffalo Bill twice next season as well. To add insult to injury, since he’s joined the Bills the Dolphins have gone 1-3 against Buffalo.