IRVING, Texas --Rookie Dan Bailey has made 14 straight field goals since missing a 21-yarder in Week 2 against San Francisco. Overall, he's 15 of 16.
David Buehler knows Bailey has an iron grip on place-kicking duties right now. After missing the last three games with a strained groin, he just wants to get back quickly and resume kicking off.
"I'm happy for Dan. He's a good guy; we became good friends in a short period of time," Buehler said. "I'm getting back healthy so I want to compete for my job again.
"He's doing well on field goals. I doubt I'm going to take his job there. But kickoffs were my strong suit coming in, so get back out there and also on special teams, help the team in the return game as well."
Against New England, Bailey had five kickoffs to the 3, 3, 6 and the goal line twice. The Cowboys kept Buehler to boom touchbacks and/or pin returners deep with directional kicking.
Buehler began kicking lightly last week and said his workout went well on Monday. He hopes to be ready for Sunday against St. Louis.