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    Cowboys Bringing in Brett Maher & 3 Others for Kicker Tryouts

    In the battle between kickers Jonathan Garibay and Lirim Hajrullahu, the Cowboys are starting to look like the losers. With both candidates struggling in , Dallas is bringing in several kickers today for a workout and possible new options. One of them is a familiar face; veteran Brett Maher.

    According to one source, Hajrullahu has only made 75% of his kicks so far in camp while Garibay is at 60%. The Cowboys could've just stuck with for those numbers.

    To be fair, both kickers' accuracy has improved in more recent practices.  Hajrullahu has reportedly been near-perfect the last few days. Nevertheless, Dallas will still be kicking the tires on some other options.

    Maher was the Cowboys' kicker from 2018-2019. He was in the 2018 camp as a relief leg for but wound up taking the job, impressing the team with his big leg as Bailey battled and accuracy issues.

    While only making 81% of his field goals in that first year, Maher also hit game-winners and set a franchise record with a 62-yarder. It was enough to extend his run into 2019 but his accuracy then dropped to just 67%. Dallas eventually released Maher in early December and added to finish the season.

    After spending 2020 on practice squads, Maher played eight games for the Saints in 2021 and went 16-of-18 (89%) on field goals. That uptick in accuracy is likely part of Dallas' renewed interest in his services.

    Also in Oxnard today is Matt Ammendola, who has NFL experience from last season with the Jets. However, he only went 13-of-19 in his 11 games with New York and had no makes greater than 49 yards.

    Cole Murphy is another kicker trying out. After failing to catch on with the NFL following his college career at Syracuse, Murphy played in the USFL earlier this year. He was 11-of-12 on field goals and showed off long-range ability with makes from 60 and 56 yards.

    J.J. Molson has spent the last two years on practice squads, mostly with Green Bay as a backup to veteran . He has yet to attempt a field goal in the NFL since leaving UCLA in 2020.

    Hopefully, at least one of these contenders will give the Cowboys something to get excited about. Because so far, Jonathan Garibay and Lirim Hajrullahu have been raising eyebrows for the wrong reasons.

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    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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    Jeff Tuggle

    True. Could have just kept Zeurlein. A player I never wanted in Dallas to begin with. That acquisition falls at the feet of Fossel, who is enamored with Greg the Leg. The one time in recent memory that money was spent on a kicker it was on a past his prime undependable. All of 3 4 and 5th round picks of the past 2 drafts instead of wasting on players that everyone else knew were a waste we should have grabbed a kicker. Now the team is left kicking the tires on clunkers.

    lonewolfz28

    Liked Cole Murphy in the USFL. But, they went with Maher again. Well, hopefully he’s gotten past whatever his problem was a couple of years ago.