Brett Maher

Dallas Cowboys
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Scores double digits

Maher made three of his four field-goal attempts as well as his only extra-point try in Monday night's 23-16 win over the Giants.

Analysis: Maher converted from 26, 28 and 44 yards on his three field goals, with his lone miss coming from 59 yards as the first half expired. He now sports 22 points through three games.

Sep 27, 2022 4:23 PM EST


Drills Week 2 game-winner

Maher connected on both his extra-point attempts and both his field-goal attempts Sunday, including a 50-yarder as time expired in a 20-17 win over the Bengals.

Analysis: The 32-year-old was good from 54 yards out just before halftime, giving him a dress rehearsal for his game-winning kick at the end of the fourth quarter. Maher is off to a solid start to the season in his third stint with the Cowboys and has yet to miss a kick through two games, although his volume could remain volatile with backup QB Cooper Rush under center and the team dealing with an all-around underperforming offense.

Sep 19, 2022 8:43 AM EST



Officially with active roster

Maher signed a contract with the Cowboys on Saturday, Todd Archer of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: The Cowboys opted to forgo his two weeks of practice-squad callup eligibility and instead signed the kicker to the active 53-man roster. The 32-year-old made his lone kick in a Week 1 shellacking at the hands of the Buccaneers.

Sep 17, 2022 10:24 AM EST


Moves back to practice squad

Maher reverted to the Cowboys' practice squad Monday, per the NFL's transaction log.

Analysis: Maher was limited to just one field-goal attempt after being elevated from Dallas' practice squad ahead of Sunday's loss to Tampa Bay. The 32-year-old will be available for two more such elevations before the team is forced to sign him to the active roster moving forward this season.

Sep 12, 2022 3:36 PM EST


Little work in Week 1 loss

Maher connected on a 51-yard field goal on his only attempt in Sunday's 19-3 loss to the Buccaneers.

Analysis: The Cowboys' offense was brutal to begin the season, and the unit now faces the prospect of more poor outings to come with Dak Prescott (hand) sidelined for multiple weeks. In theory that could result in plenty of stalled drives and field-goal attempts for Maher, but if Week 1 is any indication, it's more likely to mean he hardly gets used at all. Fantasy GMs who landed on Maher in their drafts will likely want to check the waiver wire for alternatives.

Sep 12, 2022 7:06 AM EST



Moves up to active roster

Maher was elevated to the Cowboys' active roster Saturday, Todd Archer of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Expect the Cowboys to repeat this process for Maher over the next three weeks as the team manipulates the practice squad elevations. The veteran kicker easily won the job during training camp and should be an interesting fantasy option even with the Cowboys limited offensively without standout left tackle Tyron Smith (leg) and stud wide receiver Michael Gallup (knee).

Sep 10, 2022 10:28 AM EST


Staying on with practice squad

Maher is signing with the Cowboys' practice squad and is expected to serve as their kicker in the season opener against Tampa Bay on Sept. 11, Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News reports.

Analysis: Maher previously kicked for the Cowboys in 2018 and 2019 before replacing an injured Wil Lutz for the Saints last season. He then joined the Cowboys in early August when their kicker battle wasn't going well, and within two weeks Maher was the only kicker left on the roster. He may prove functional for fantasy, regardless of his roster status, as the Cowboys typically have played at a fast pace and moved the ball effectively when they've had QB Dak Prescott in the lineup. Granted, things may not be as smooth in the campaign ahead, with LT Tyron Smith (leg) expected to miss most/all of the year and the wideout room much thinner than it was last season. Maher does have a strong leg -- he's converted from 63 and 62 yards in games -- but he struggled with mid-range kicks during his previous stint with the Cowboys and missed a couple PATs for the Saints last year. He could be replaced in a hurry if he struggles early in the season.

Aug 31, 2022 10:46 AM EST


Released but should be re-signed

The Cowboys released Maher on Tuesday but likely will re-sign him before Week 1, Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News reports.

Analysis: The team signed Maher on Aug. 9 after Jonathan Garibay was waived. Dallas then cut Lirim Hajrullahu two weeks later, leaving Maher as the only kicker on the roster. He's one of the few kickers in NFL history with multiple conversions from over 60 yards, but he struggled with midrange kicks during his first stint in Dallas (2018-19).

Aug 30, 2022 9:02 AM EST


Lone kicker in Dallas

Maher is left as the only kicker on the Cowboys' roster after the team waived Lirim Hajrullahu on Tuesday, Nick Eatman of the team's official site reports.

Analysis: The Cowboys have cycled through kickers this offseason, rostering all of Chris Naggar, Jonathan Garibay, Hajrullahu and now Maher after moving on from Greg Zuerlein. Maher is no guarantee to be Dallas' kicker Week 1, but if he is he's coming off a 2021 campaign in which he made 16 of 18 field-goal attempts and 10 of 12 point-after tries in eight appearances with the Saints.

Aug 23, 2022 11:42 AM EST


Still competing for kicking job

Maher and Lirim Hajrullahu will continue to get equal opportunities in camp as neither one has pulled ahead in the race to win the kicking job for the Cowboys, Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News reports.

Analysis: Hajrullahu saw action with Dallas last season in Week 10, connecting on all five of his extra-point attempts without getting a field-goal attempt, but Maher has more NFL experience and played 29 games for the Cowboys in 2018-19. Unless one of them starts to impress, however, this battle may not be decided until after the final preseason contest -- and may even be won by a different kicker entirely, depending on who gets cut by other teams.

Aug 16, 2022 8:59 AM EST


Signed to replace Jonathan Garibay

The Cowboys are signing Maher to replace fellow kicker Jonathan Garibay, who was waived Tuesday, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Analysis: Maher previously played for Dallas in 2018-19, converting 49 of 66 field-goal attempts (74.2 percent) and 68 of 69 PATs (98.6 percent). He made kicks from 62 and 63 yards during that time, but the inconsistency largely overshadowed his leg strength. Maher now will compete with Lirim Hajrullahu for the kicker job in Dallas.

Aug 9, 2022 11:04 AM EST


Cut by New Orleans

Maher was waived by the Saints on Tuesday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Maher kicked in eight games for New Orleans in 2021 and went 16-for-18 on field goals and 10-for-12 on PATs, but Wil Lutz (abdomen) is set to return after missing the entire campaign. Maher made only 67 percent of his field goals with the Cowboys in 2019, but he could receive some interest on the open market after performing well as an injury replacement for the Saints.

Feb 22, 2022 2:43 PM EST


Stabilizes placekicking for NOLA

Maher converted 16 of 18 field-goal attempts and 10 of 12 PATs over eight games in 2021.

Analysis: In a quest to replace Wil Lutz (abdomen), the Saints went through a pair of kickers before Maher arrived on the scene. While Maher fared much better than Aldrick Rosas or Cody Parkey, he probably didn't do enough to make New Orleans consider moving on from Lutz's admittedly expensive contract.

Jan 17, 2022 3:29 PM EST


Matches career high

Maher made four of four field-goal attempts but missed his lone PAT during Sunday's 18-10 win over Carolina.

Analysis: Maher has been one of the most active kickers in the league since Taysom Hill has taken over at QB. In four games with Hill as the starter, Maher has averaged three field-goal attempts per game with his only miss coming from beyond 50 yards. While he's now seven-for-nine on PATs through nine games, those blemishes can largely be overlooked given his otherwise perfect performance on short-to-mid range kicks. The Nebraska product will look to keep the good times rolling when New Orleans travels to Atlanta in Week 18.

Jan 3, 2022 12:35 PM EST


Makes only kick

Maher made his only field-goal attempt in Monday night's 20-3 loss to the Dolphins.

Analysis: Maher converted from 38 yards on his lone kick of the evening, scoring all of New Orleans' points for the game. He'll hope to get more chances in Week 17 versus the Panthers.

Dec 28, 2021 6:24 PM EST


Accounts for every point

Maher converted three of three field-goal attempts during Sunday's 9-0 win over Tampa Bay.

Analysis: Neither team was able to get much going, but Maher was at least able to cap off three scoring drives from between 35 and 42 yards out. While fantasy owners have appreciated consecutive strong fantasy performances from the kicker, they should remember the three games before that when Maher totaled three field-goal attempts. He'll at least be a high-upside fantasy option when New Orleans matches up with Miami at home in Week 16.

Dec 20, 2021 5:33 PM EST


Perfect versus Jets

Maher made all three of his field-goal attempts and all three of his extra-point tries in Sunday's 30-9 win over the Jets.

Analysis: Maher converted from 23, 31 and 37 yards on his field goals, racking up his best point total with the Saints. Despite his impressive performance Sunday, his upcoming matchup versus the Bucs may present him fewer scoring opportunities.

Dec 14, 2021 3:44 PM EST


Bounces back after early miss

Maher made one of his two field-goal attempts and both of his extra points during Thursday's 27-17 loss to the Cowboys.

Analysis: Maher didn't start his night off great, as he missed a 56-yard field goal wide right during the Saints' second offensive drive of the game. However, the 32-year-old kicker was able to bounce back and connect on his remaining three kicks, including a 42-yarder that cut Dallas' lead to 13-10 in the second quarter. Since taking over in New Orleans, Maher has provided mediocre results, but his fantasy production is severely impacted by the Saints' inability to move the ball without Alvin Kamara (knee).

Dec 5, 2021 2:44 PM EST


No opportunities on Thanksgiving

Maher didn't attempt a field goal or PAT during Thursday's 31-6 loss to Buffalo.

Analysis: New Orleans' Trevor Siemian-led offense had immense difficulty moving the ball against the Bills' elite defense. When the Saints were finally able to find the end zone, they went for two. As long as Alvin Kamara (knee) is sidelined and Siemian remains under center, Maher shouldn't be considered for fantasy purposes.

Nov 25, 2021 9:44 PM EST


Misses PAT in Saints debut

Maher converted his lone field-goal attempt but went two-of-three on PATs during Sunday's 40-29 loss to the Eagles.

Analysis: Making his Saints debut, Maher's missed extra point blemished a modest performance that included a field goal of just 28 yards. If Alvin Kamara (knee) remains sidelined in Week 12, it may not be wise to see if a Trevor Siemian-led offense will present Maher with more opportunities against Buffalo's top-ranked defense.

Nov 21, 2021 5:50 PM EST


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