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Cowboys Bring Back Lirim Hajrullahu for Kicker Competition

may not just waltz into the Cowboys' kicking job after all. Dallas has brought back veteran today to give the rookie some competition as the team prepares for its 2022 .

Hajrullahu was signed last August to handle practice and duties following to and Hunter Niswander. He was added to the once Zuerlein return for the regular season, cut a week later, and then added back in November for another one-week run.

Lirim went 5-for-5 on extra points during his one game played in Dallas. He did not attempt any field goals in the Week 9 victory over Atlanta.

After being again released by the Cowboys once Zuerlein was reactivated, Hajrullahu was on the Commanders' practice squad briefly before being signed by the Panthers. He played in Carolina's final three games and made 4-of-5 field goals and all three extra point attempts.

The 32-year-old veteran of the Canadian Football League was released by the Panthers in May. Now he's found his way back to Dallas with a legitimate opportunity to find a lasting home.

After releasing Greg Zuerlein in March due to his contract and performance issues, Dallas has not invested much in his replacement thus far. They only had , an undrafted rookie from last year, on the roster before Jonathan Garibay following the 2022 Draft.

Naggar was released soon after and left Garibay running unopposed for the kicker position. Now there should be a legitimate competition between the rookie and the veteran Hajrullahu when the Cowboys open camp in less than four weeks.

Earlier this week, Mike McCarthy talked about his team's kicking situation and his intent to be patient with the undrafted rookie Garibay. But not giving him any competition this summer would've bordered on negligence.

Pressure abounds in the NFL but perhaps nowhere more than at kicker. Creating competition helps put that extra weight on the players, hopefully pushing them closer to the reality of those intense moments when the games start counting in September.

If nothing else, hearing how Garibay and Hajrullahu are comparing in camp and perhaps seeing it in the preseason will give us another fun story to follow for this year's camp.

Jess Haynie
Jess Haynie
Cowboys fan since 1992, blogger since 2011. Bringing you the objectivity of an outside perspective with the passion of a die-hard fan. I love to talk to my readers, so please comment on any article and I'll be sure to respond!

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