The Cowboys as soon as waived Brett Maher late in a season, however they don’t seem to be planning to repeat that transaction proper now. Regardless of Maher turning into the primary participant since 1932 to overlook 4 additional factors in a recreation, Cowboys particular groups coach John Fassel mentioned the workforce is sticking by its kicker.
That mentioned, insurance coverage is coming. The Cowboys are including Tristan Vizcaino to their observe squad, Tom Pelissero of NFL.com tweets. Vizcaino kicked in three video games for the Cardinals and Patriots this season.
Maher, whom the Cowboys minimize late within the 2019 season, rejoined the workforce late this summer time after an uninspiring kicking competitors. The previous CFL kicker, who holds the NFL file for many 60-plus-yarders, related on a career-high 90.6% of his area objectives this season. However he’ll head to San Francisco for the Divisional Spherical after the worst recreation of his profession.
“I imagine within the scorching hand, and I imagine within the yips, completely,” Fassel mentioned, via ESPN.com’s Todd Archer. “And , you surprise generally the way you get into the yips, and also you surprise generally the way you get again into the new hand. I feel it’s hold stepping as much as the road and capturing that factor. We missed a few free throws [Monday] … He had a scorching hand. Let’s face it, he solely missed [six] kicks all season. The yips occur, so I anticipate a scorching hand developing.”
Mike McCarthy additionally eschewed a late area objective alternative, holding Maher sidelined after his PAT nightmare. Maher, 33, did make his remaining PAT attempt through the Cowboys’ blowout win over the Buccaneers. Whereas he will definitely be scrutinized forward of the Cowboys’ matchup with the 49ers, Maher has submitted a robust sufficient season to warrant one other likelihood. And, to be truthful, kickers solely needed to try tries from the 15-yard line starting in 2015. PATs had been a lot simpler in earlier eras, although Maher will battle to stay down his wild-card efficiency.
Vizcaino, who frolicked with Dallas through the 2020 offseason, made each his area objectives and was 3-3 on additional factors with New England and Arizona this season. For his profession, the ex-Charger is 11-for-12 on area objectives and 15-for-20 on PATs.