Lots of pressure on the rookie now. I will be nervous when its a big spot for Sturgis. To be fair Carp had me nervous starting last year. I just like the vet in the kicking role. However, it was obvious they wanted Sturgis to win the battle and he earn the position based on his play. See how he does in the regular season.
This was a really natural choice. Not that drafting Sturgis over some other kicker from college was a trivially easy choice, but that Carpenter was going to be replaced with a drafted kicker. I like Carpenter and think he's a good kicker, but when he missed some critical field goals last year it made the decision easy to make. For the value the Dolphins got last year, they can get nearly that same value at a fraction of the cost from a rookie. So what if he misses the game winning field goal? For one, he'll be doing it for much less, but, two, high stakes situations can be answered with touchdowns in addition to field goals. I don't think this team got worse by letting Carpenter go, and I believe this offense is better tooled to score in general as well as in high stakes situations (ie. home runs can happen from any part of the field whereas field goals can't).