Greg Zuerlein

New York Jets
Place Kicker #4
New York Jets
Place Kicker #4
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Greg Zuerlein News

Inks deal with Jets

Zuerlein signed a contract with the Jets on Saturday.

Analysis: Zuerlein knocked home 29 of his 35 field-goal attempts for the Cowboys last season, but Dallas elected to release the veteran earlier this month. Zuerlein may not have a completely clear path to the kicking job after Eddie Pieiro connected on all 17 of his kicks over his five games for the Jets last year, but he should have a decent shot.

Mar 26, 2022 7:48 AM EST

Cut by Cowboys

Zuerlein has been released by the Cowboys, Nick Eatman of the team's official site reports.

Analysis: The Cowboys also announced Friday that tight end Blake Jarwin (hip) was waived/injured, with the moves freeing up cap space for the franchise leading up to free agency. Per Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News, Dallas now seems likely to replace Zuerlein -- who was approaching the final year of his contract -- with a more affordable option. In 16 games this past season, Zuerlein went 29-for-35 on field-goal attempts (82.9 percent) and 42-for-48 on extra-point tries (87.5 percent) en route to recording 129 points.

Mar 11, 2022 1:34 PM EST

Shanks PAT in win

Zuerlein converted his only field-goal attempt and six of seven extra points in Saturday's win over the Eagles.

Analysis: The veteran kicker saw more than enough volume to still have a productive week from a fantasy perspective, but he still missed a kick for the third time in the last four weeks. Zuerlein wraps up the regular season having gone 29-for-35 on FGs (82.9 percent) and 42-for-48 on PATs (87.5 percent), leaving him 12th in the league in total scoring with 129 points, but his inconsistency is a concern for the Cowboys heading into the playoffs.

Jan 11, 2022 12:53 PM EST

Misses crucial FG in loss

Zuerlein missed his only field goal attempts and converted both his extra points in Sunday's 25-22 loss to the Cardinals.

Analysis: He hooked a 43-yard attempt wide to the left midway through the first quarter, a miss that wound up being the margin of victory for Arizona after Dak Prescott led a fourth-quarter rally for Dallas. Zuerlein has missed 11 kicks in total this year, six field goals and five extra points, and it wouldn't be surprising if the team moved on from the veteran in the offseason.

Jan 3, 2022 2:18 PM EST

Makes eight PATs in win

Zuerlein didn't get a field-goal attempt and connected on all eight of his extra-point attempts in Sunday's 56-14 win over Washington.

Analysis: With the Dallas offense finding itself again in Week 16, Zuerlein did not get an opportunity to attempt any field goals in the contest. The veteran kicker was perfect on his extra-point attempts, scoring eight of the team's 56 points in the blowout win. Zuerlein will look to improve upon his performance in what could be a high-scoring matchup with the Cardinals in Week 17.

Dec 27, 2021 2:02 PM EST

Rough day Sunday

Zuerlein connected on all three of his field-goal attempts but missed both his extra points in Sunday's win over the Giants.

Analysis: The missed PATs didn't matter in a 21-6 victory, but it continued a pattern of erratic performances for Zuerlein that has left him with an 83.9 percent (26-for-31) success rate on extra points this season and an 84.8 percent mark (28-for-33) on field goals. While the veteran kicker has one more year left on his current contract, don't be surprised if Dallas looks for a replacement in the offseason.

Dec 20, 2021 10:22 AM EST

Automatic again Sunday

Zuerlein connected on all four of his field goal attempts and his only extra point in Sunday's win over Washington.

Analysis: The veteran kicked has been perfect the last two weeks after missing a FG and a PAT in a loss to the Raiders on Thanksgiving. Zuerlein has booted multiple field goals in four straight games and seven of his last eight, giving him a strong fantasy floor heading into a Week 15 tilt against the Giants.

Dec 13, 2021 10:57 AM EST

Perfect in Thursday's win

Zuerlein connected on both his field goals and all three of his PATs in Thursday's 27-17 win over the Saints.

Analysis: Both FGs came in the second quarter, from 55 and 34 yards out, to give the Cowboys a lead they wouldn't relinquish. Zuerlein has booted multiple field goals in three straight games and six of his last seven, giving him a solid floor heading into a Week 14 clash with Washington.

Dec 3, 2021 7:43 AM EST

Misses two kicks

Zuerlein missed one of three field-goal attempts and one of two extra-point tries in Week 12's 36-33 overtime loss to the Raiders.

Analysis: Zuerlein went wide left on his first PAT, then hit the left upright with a 59-yard field goal in the second quarter. Although he subsequently converted field goals from 29 and 45 yards in the second half, his extra-point miscue ultimately contributed toward the game going to overtime. The veteran will aim to eliminate any similar mistakes in Week 13 versus the Saints.

Nov 30, 2021 2:31 PM EST

Accounts for only offense in loss

Zuerlein connected on all three of his field goal attempts in Sunday's 19-9 loss to Kansas City.

Analysis: The three successful FGs tied Zuerlein's season high as he made his return from the COVID-19 list, but he failed to see a PAT for the second straight contest as he missed the Week 10 big win over Atlanta. The veteran kicker could struggle to get consistent opportunities again in a Thanksgiving Day clash against the Raiders with Amari Cooper (COVID-19) already ruled out and CeeDee Lamb (concussion), Ezekiel Elliott (knee) and Tyron Smith (ankle) all iffy for the Dallas offense.

Nov 22, 2021 10:28 AM EST

Activated off COVID-19 list

Zuerlein was activated off the reserve/COVID-19 list Thursday.

Analysis: Zuerlein missed last week's win over the Falcons while in the league's COVID-19 protocols, but the veteran kicker is back in the fold ahead of Sunday's visit to Kansas City. Lirim Hajrullahu was elevated from the practice squad to fill in for Zuerlein last week but is no longer on Dallas' active roster.

Nov 18, 2021 1:47 PM EST

Expected back Thursday

Zuerlein (undisclosed) is expected to be activated off the reserve/COVID-19 list Thursday, Jori Epstein of USA Today reports.

Analysis: Zuerlein will be eligible to suit up for Sunday's road matchup against the Chiefs if he indeed returns to the active roster Thursday, but for now his status still needs to be monitored. The Cowboys would likely once again call Lirim Hajrullahu up from the practice squad in the event that Zuerlein needs more time.

Nov 17, 2021 8:27 AM EST

Not activated off IR

Zuerlein was not activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list and will not play Sunday against the Falcons.

Analysis: The team opted to elevate Lirim Hajrullahu as Zuerlein's replacement, setting the rookie kicker up to make his first ever career start. Zuerlein will next be eligible to play Week 11 against the Chiefs.

Nov 13, 2021 12:41 PM EST

Goes on COVID-19 list

The Cowboys placed Zuerlein on the reserve/COVID-19 list Tuesday, Rob Phillips of the team's official site reports.

Analysis: The report doesn't disclose whether Zuerlein's placement on the list as a result of a positive test of the virus or due to exposure to an infected person, but at least for the time being, the Cowboys will have to plan for the kicker not being available for Sunday's game against the Falcons. According to The Dallas Morning News, the Cowboys are set to hold workouts for multiple kickers Wednesday with the hope of settling on one as a potential replacement for Zuerlein, who has converted on 14 of 18 field-goal attempts and 21 of 23 extra-point tries this season.

Nov 9, 2021 2:19 PM EST

Shut out in Sunday's loss

Zuerlein failed to get a field goal or PAT opportunity in Sunday's loss to the Broncos.

Analysis: Nothing better reflected the Cowboys' awful performance on offense than the fact their kicker got blanked -- by the time Dallas scored their first TD of the game inside the final five minutes of the fourth quarter, Denver had a 30-0 lead and the Cowboys went for two-pointers. Zuerlein had attempted multiple FGs and PATs in each of the prior three contests, so look for him to rebound in Week 10 against the Falcons.

Nov 8, 2021 10:20 AM EST

Eight points in win

Zuerlein connected on two of three field goal attempts and both his PATs in Sunday's win over the Vikings.

Analysis: He misfired on a 43-yard FG attempt on the Cowboys' first possession of the night, but Zuerlein was perfect after that in a 20-16 victory. The veteran kicker has booted multiple field goals in three straight games and five of seven to begin the season, giving him a strong fantasy floor, and his ceiling is elite with Dak Prescott (calf) expected to rejoin the lineup for a Week 9 clash with the Broncos.

Nov 2, 2021 8:49 AM EST

Productive again Sunday

Zuerlein connected on three of four field goals and both his PATs in Sunday's overtime win over the Patriots.

Analysis: The veteran kicker hooked a 51-yard field-goal attempt wide left inside the final three minutes of the game that would have given the Cowboys a 23-21 lead, but Zuerlein's miss was quickly forgotten when Trevon Diggs took an INT to the house on the ensuing possession for the Pats, setting up a wild finish to an eventual 35-29 victory. Heading into a Week 7 bye and with Buffalo's Tyler Bass still to play Monday night, Zuerlein sits second in the NFL in scoring with 55 points on 12 made FGs and 19 PATs.

Oct 18, 2021 9:44 AM EST

Huge day in rout

Zuerlein connected on all three of his field-goal attempts and all five of his PATs in Sunday's win over the Giants.

Analysis: His longest FG came from only 38 yards out, but the veteran kicker still had his most productive game of the year so far in a 44-20 victory. Zuerlein has booted multiple field goals in three of five games so far in 2021 and multiple extra points in all five, and he should continue seeing plenty of opportunities alongside the high-flying Cowboys offense heading into a Week 6 clash with the Patriots.

Oct 11, 2021 10:16 AM EST

Doesn't miss in Sunday's win

Zuerlein connected on his only field-goal attempt and all three of his extra points in Sunday's win over the Panthers.

Analysis: He calmly drilled a 37-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter for the Cowboys' final points of the afternoon, but Zuerlein wasn't asked to do too much before that. Despite the fact Dallas is averaging 31.5 points a game, fourth in the league, most of that production has come in the end zone -- Zuerlein has only six FGs (on eight attempts) through four weeks compared to a 12-for-14 showing on PATs. Those with fantasy shares in the kicker will hope for just a little less efficiency from Dak Prescott and company in Week 5 against the Giants.

Oct 4, 2021 8:22 AM EST

Misses PAT in rout

Zuerlein didn't get a field-goal attempt and connected on five of six extra points in Monday's 41-21 win over the Eagles.

Analysis: The veteran kicker missed his PAT midway through the second quarter, but the Cowboys were already ahead 20-7 at that point. Zuerlein has missed four kicks in total through three games, two extra points and two field goals, but the volume provided him by the Dallas offense gives him a solid weekly floor heading into a Week 4 clash with the Panthers.

Sep 28, 2021 7:39 AM EST

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