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Is Lirim Hajrullahu a Threat to Jonathan Garibay?

After the Cowboys released on May 13, it left as the only on their roster. With no competition, it seemed inevitable that Garibay would be Dallas’ week one kicker.

However, it appears there will be competition for Garibay after all. On Friday, the Cowboys re-signed , a former CFL kicker who played for Dallas sporadically in 2021.

He originally signed with the Cowboys in August 2021, helping them secure kicking reinforcements after an to and Hunter Niswander's . Hajrullahu was cut six days after being signed before joining Dallas’ twice during the season. He was let go both times.

Hajrullahu did make one appearance for the Cowboys last season, converting five extra points in a 43-3 win over the after Zuerlein tested positive for .

But now, Hajrullahu is back and creates another positional battle for the Cowboys during this summer’s . So, what are his chances of making the ?

Quite honestly, it’s hard to say right now. Given that Hajrullahu's makes him the second kicker on Dallas’ roster, it can be assumed Garibay is still the favorite to win the starting job.

However, nothing is assured, primarily since we haven’t heard any coach say anything about Hajrullahu yet. All we’ve heard from is him saying he’s being “patient” with Garibay, which could mean he’s working on gaining his trust.

This was an expected move, though. Having just one guy at a position heading into would’ve been unusual, and it’s always nice to have competition anywhere.

This is especially true, given Garibay is an undrafted rookie. He could use a push to solidify his spot as the Cowboys’ starting kicker, which is probably why Hajrullahu is being brought in.

If I had to make a prediction, I’d say Garibay is Dallas’ kicker to start the season. However, having him earn the spot over someone else instead of just handing it to him by default is a great move on the Cowboys’ part.

Nick Coppola
Nick Coppola
Student at the University of Oklahoma. Reporter for OU Daily. Junior Writer for Inside The Star. Contributor for Guns Up Nation.

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lonewolfz28

Good to have someone share the kicking load in camp. I like Hajrullahu, but I think they are dead set on giving the rookie every chance to win the job. Bones strikes me as a stubborn, “my guys” kind of coach. Is Garibay his anointed one? Time will tell.

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