Brett Maher

Brett Maher

Place Kicker #5
Team: Dallas Cowboys
Ht / Wt:6'0" / 186 lb.
College:Nebraska
Age:30
Born:November 21, 1989
Drafted:2013 / UDFA

Brett Maher: Signs futures contract with Jets

Maher signed a reserve/futures contract with the Jets.

Analysis: Maher struggled with the Cowboys this season, making just 20 of his 30 field-goal tries in 13 games before getting cut in favor of Kai Forbath. The former Cornhusker will get a shot at redemption with New York in 2020.

December 31, 2019 1:14 PM EST

Brett Maher: Works out with Rams

The Rams held a workout for Maher this week, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Greg Zuerlein, the team's long-time kicker, has been unable to practice this week due to a strained quadriceps. Listed as questionable for Saturday's game in San Francisco, he's slated to suit up, but ultimately his availability will be determined Friday, when he'll kick for the first time this week, per Lindsey Thiry of ESPN.com. If things don't go as planned, Maher appears to be the contingency plan following his recent tryout.

December 19, 2019 2:18 PM EST

Brett Maher: Let go by Cowboys

The Cowboys have released Maher, Jon Machota of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Maher, who missed one of his two field-goal attempts in Week 14, made 20 of his 30 tries overall this season, while adding 36 extra points (in as many tries) prior to being cut. He'll be replaced by Kai Forbath.

December 9, 2019 10:31 AM EST

Brett Maher: Facing more competition

The Cowboys are hosting free agent kickers for workouts Monday, indicating that Maher's tenure with the team may not be secure, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Maher has missed a league-leading 10 field goals this season, prompting Dallas to bring in Kai Forbath, Tristan Vizcaino and Nick Rose for workouts. The team also worked out three kickers last week. Coming off a three-game losing streak, the Cowboys may opt to cut Maher in the hopes of landing a more reliable kicker.

December 9, 2019 8:32 AM EST

Brett Maher: May lose job after another miss

Coach Jason Garrett suggested Maher could lose his job after Thursday's poor showing against the Bears, Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News reports. "We decided to give Brett an opportunity this week," Garrett said Friday. "It didn't work out. So we have to take a real close, hard look at that."

Analysis: The Cowboys brought in three kickers at the beginning of the week but decided not to sign any of them. Maher then missed another field goal in Thursday's 31-24 loss to the Bears, pushing his league-high total to 10 misses for the season. Impressive leg strength may not be enough to save his job this time around, with the Cowboys presumably hoping to find someone more reliable.

December 6, 2019 9:03 AM EST

Brett Maher: Keeping kicking job

Coach Jason Garrett confirmed that Maher would remain the Cowboys' kicker for the team's upcoming game Thursday versus the Bears, Jon Machota of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: After Maher missed two field goals in the Thanksgiving Day loss to the Bills to bump his proficiency rate down to 67.8 percent for the season, Dallas brought three kickers in for workouts over the weekend. The team's brass apparently decided that sticking with Maher was the best option for another week, though he won't exactly have a favorable bounce-back spot as the Cowboys head outdoors to Soldier Field.

December 2, 2019 8:25 AM EST

Brett Maher: Job on notice after rough outing

The Cowboys are working out three kickers Sunday, an indication that Maher's standing on the 53-man roster could be on shaky ground, Clarence E. Hill Jr. of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

Analysis: After missing seven field-goal attempts in the Cowboys' first 11 games, Maher might have hit a new low in Dallas' Thanksgiving Day loss to the Bills. Though he knocked down his lone extra-point try, Maher had a 35-yard field-goal attempt blocked late in the second quarter and was a wide right on an attempt from 47 yards in the third quarter. Dallas will evaluate the auditioning kickers Sunday and could sign one of the trio, a development that would likely spell an end to Maher's time in the organization.

December 1, 2019 9:13 AM EST

Brett Maher: Keeps job despite struggles

Maher will continue as the Cowboys' kicker, Clarence E. Hill Jr. of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

Analysis: Even though coach Jason Garrett said the Cowboys would evaluate the kicker position after Thursday's loss to the Bills, Cowboys executive vice president said the team would stand by Maher after he missed both of his field-goal tries in the loss. The 29-year-old has made just 19 of his 28 field-goal attempts on the year and has missed three in the last two games, both Dallas losses.

November 29, 2019 3:49 PM EST

Brett Maher: Scores all Cowboys points in loss

Maher connected on three of four field goals in Sunday's 13-9 loss to the Patriots.

Analysis: Kicking in fairly miserable conditions on a rainy day in Foxboro, Maher missed from 46 yards out midway through the first quarter but bounced back to successfully convert his remaining chances. It was the first time all year the Cowboys failed to score a touchdown, so don't be surprised if Maher gets more PATs and fewer FGs in Week 13's home tilt against the Bills.

November 25, 2019 12:30 PM EST

Brett Maher: Perfect in win over Lions

Maher connected on both his field-goal attempts and all three of his PATs in Sunday's 35-27 win over the Lions.

Analysis: The field goals were from 30 and 34 yards. It's only the fourth time all year Maher has booted multiple field goals, but his fantasy potential remains strong riding shotgun for a dynamic Cowboys offense -- he's gotten multiple FG attempts in six straight games, and converted at least three PATs in eight of 10 contests.

November 18, 2019 9:28 AM EST

Brett Maher: Costly miss in loss

Maher made three of his four field-goal attempts and his only extra-point try in Week 6's 24-22 loss to the Jets.

Analysis: Maher converted from 50, 62 and 32 yards on his respective field goals, tying his career long in the process, but his third-quarter miss from 40 yards ultimately proved costly. Through six games, Maher has misfired on four of his 11 field-goal tries, limiting him to 39 total points on the season.

October 16, 2019 6:14 AM EST

Brett Maher: Misses two kicks in loss

Maher converted one of three field-goal attempts and all three extra-point tries during Sunday's loss to the Packers.

Analysis: Maher's two misses game from 54 and 33 yards, respectively. Across five contests Maher has converted just four of seven field-goal tries, but he's been perfect across 17 extra-point attempts. He's likely primed for a game script against the Jets in Week 6.

October 7, 2019 12:38 PM EST

Brett Maher: Logs four points

Maher made his lone field-goal and extra-point tries in Sunday night's 12-10 loss to the Saints.

Analysis: Maher converted from 28 yards on his only field-goal attempt. The kicker has tallied 23 points through four games, missing just one of his 18 total kicks.

October 1, 2019 6:21 PM EST

Brett Maher: Misses first kick of 2019

Maher connected on one of two field goal attempts and all four of his extra points in Sunday's win over the Dolphins.

Analysis: He clanked a kick off the right upright from 55 yards out in the fourth quarter with the Cowboys already up 24-6, but otherwise Maher was solid once again. The Dallas offense has scored more than 30 points in every game so far, but it has actually been too efficient to provide Maher with many opportunities for fantasy value -- he's attempted only three field goals against 13 PATs to begin 2019.

September 23, 2019 8:21 AM EST

Brett Maher: Perfect in Week 2 win

Maher connected on his lone field-goal attempt and all four of his extra points in Sunday's win over Washington.

Analysis: The field goal was a 25-yard chip shot, so the second-year kicker remains relatively untested on the year, but Maher has been perfect nonetheless -- 1-for-1 on FGs and 9-for-9 on PATs. With the Dallas offense looking explosive in the early going, there should be plenty of opportunities for Maher to rack up points as the season progresses.

September 16, 2019 7:25 AM EST

Brett Maher: Quiet in Week 1 win

Maher converted all five of his PATs but didn't attempt a field goal in Sunday's win over the Giants.

Analysis: The Cowboys' offense was devastatingly efficient to begin the season -- on one third-quarter drive, the team needed only three plays to march 75 yards for a TD -- which left little for Maher to do but mop up afterwards. Given his occasionally shaky preseason and training camp, a game like this to get settled in and boost the kicker's confidence might be better in the long run, and if Dak Prescott and the Dallas passing game continue to put up elite numbers, the fantasy fortunes of everyone involved can only rise, Maher included.

September 9, 2019 6:12 AM EST

Brett Maher: Righting ship

Maher was a perfect 6-for-6 on field-goal attempts during Tuesday's practice, Alaina Getzenberg of The Dallas Morning News reports.

Analysis: He had some shaky days earlier in training camp and in the preseason, including a miss on a 52-yard attempt Saturday against the Rams, but Maher seems to be pointed in the right direction as the regular season draws closer. Unless the Cowboys bring in some late competition for him, his job appears to be safe.

August 21, 2019 6:59 AM EST

Brett Maher: Shaky start to camp

Maher has been perfect on his field-goal attempts only once in 10 days of training camp so far, Calvin Watkins of the Dallas Morning News reports.

Analysis: Misses from 33 and 32 yards have raised some eyebrows, but as yet the Cowboys haven't indicated there's any kind of competition for the kicker spot between Maher and newcomer Kasey Redfern. "Just want to give [Maher] opportunities, both in practice and preseason games, to continue to grow," head coach Jason Garrett said. "He did a really good job for us last year in games, made a lot big kicks for us. So we'll continue with his growth and development." Of course, the team didn't publicly indicate there was a competition last year between Dan Bailey and Maher until the day they cut Bailey, but unlike last year, Redfern isn't putting much pressure on the incumbent with his own performance. For now the job belongs to Maher, but if he continues to struggle, the front office may start looking for other options.

August 8, 2019 10:16 AM EST

Brett Maher: Not facing much competition

Maher doesn't appear to have serious competition for the kicker job, Mickey Spagnola of the Cowboys' official website reports.

Analysis: The Cowboys signed Kasey Redfern, a punter who also served as a kicker during his college career at Wofford. He's a threat to punter Chris Jones more so than Maher, though neither specialist seems especially likely to lose his job. Maher missed seven field-goal attempts last season, but he converted six of seven tries from 50-plus yards, including kicks from 62 and 59 yards out. The impressive range combined with above-average team context makes Maher a reasonable selection at the end of fantasy drafts.

June 18, 2019 5:38 AM EST

Brett Maher: Solid in first NFL season

Maher converted 29 of 36 field-goal attempts and 32 of 33 extra-point tries in 2018.

Analysis: Maher beat out Dan Bailey for the Cowboys' kicking job back in early September, and managed to keep a firm grip on the position all year. The 29-year-old made 119 points during the regular season, including six of seven field goals from 50 yards or more. Maher is under contract with Dallas for 2019, and appears likely to return as the team's starting kicker.

January 11, 2019 2:05 PM EST

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