Caleb Sturgis dreamed as a youngster about playing tight end in the NFL, then stopped growing when he reached 5-foot-9, so he'll happily settle for a place-kicking job with the Miami Dolphins.
Sturgis beat out incumbent Dan Carpenter and was the only place-kicker in training camp Thursday, but he wasn't about to gloat.
''There's no celebrating this,'' said Sturgis, a fifth-round draft pick from Florida. ''Every day you come out here and need to get better, because there are a lot of people who want to be in the position you're in.''
Sturgis, 24, also refrained from any public fist-pumping out of respect for Carpenter, whose hefty contract was terminated Wednesday after five years with the Dolphins. He made the Pro Bowl in 2009 and was popular with teammates, especially long snapper John Denney and punter Brandon Fields, who doubled as Carpenter's holder.
The trio had been together since Carpenter's rookie season in 2008.
''It's just a fact of the business that this is going to ...