Kaimi Fairbairn

Houston Texans
Place Kicker #7
Houston Texans
Place Kicker #7
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Kaimi Fairbairn News

Accuracy dips in 2021

Fairbairn converted 15 of 19 field-goal attempts and 13 of 16 extra-point tries across 13 games in 2021.

Analysis: Fairbairn posted less than an 80 percent field-goal conversion rate for the first time in his career during the 2021 campaign, though with just 19 total attempts, a small sample size should be noted. The Texans have an option to exercise a potential 'out' in Fairbairn's contract this offseason, which would leave the team with only $1.5 million in dead cap.

Jan 24, 2022 9:52 AM EST

Misses lone FGA

Fairbairn was unsuccessful on his lone field-goal attempt and converted his only extra-point kick in Sunday's 23-7 loss to San Francisco.

Analysis: Fairbairn was wide left on a 45-yard attempt early in the fourth quarter, which could have tied the game had he converted. With a short field, San Francisco made it a two-score game just four plays later. Houston's offense staggered through much of Sunday's contest, so the miss was a pivotal swing. Fairbairn has made 14 of 18 field-goal kicks for the season and two of four from between 40 and 49 yards.

Jan 3, 2022 7:33 AM EST

Returns from COVID list

Fairbairn (illness) was activated off the reserve/COVID-19 list Sunday, per the NFL transactions log.

Analysis: Fairbairn will retake Houston's kicking duties after Dominik Eberle filled in for him in Week 16. The Texans have scored 71 points over the past two games while notching consecutive wins, so Fairbairn has some sneaky upside in Week 17 against the 49ers if you're willing to roll the dice on him.

Dec 29, 2021 2:27 PM EST

Remains on COVID list

Dominik Eberle has been elevated from the Texans' practice squad to fill in for Fairbairn, who is still on the reserve/COVID-19 list, Aaron Wilson of Sportstalk 790 Houston reports.

Analysis: With Fairbairn on the COVID list, Eberle is in line to handle the Texans' kicking duties Sunday against the Chargers. Fairbairn will thus target a potential return to action in Week 17.

Dec 25, 2021 3:55 PM EST

Added to COVID list

Fairbairn was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Friday.

Analysis: If Fairbairn can't play this week, the Texans will need to sign an out-of-house replacement, as they don't currently have a kicker on their practice squad. Fairbairn made each of his nine kicks (four FGs, five PATs) over the past two games, but he's mostly been quiet for the low-scoring Texans this year.

Dec 22, 2021 12:53 PM EST

Old kicker returns

Fairbairn successfully converted three of three field-goal attempts and three of three extra-point kicks in Sunday's 30-16 win over Jacksonville.

Analysis: It's been a down season for many on the Texans' roster, including Fairbairn who missed the first three weeks of the season with a leg injury and struggled with accuracy while performing for an offensively challenged team. Week 15 featured a return to form for Fairbairn, the kicker that was on display for Houston the previous four seasons. Sunday's 12-point outburst was a season high, and he booted two field goals from beyond 50 yards. Fairbairn's made four of six from long distance this season and 14 of 22 (63.6 percent) from there for his career.

Dec 20, 2021 4:38 AM EST

Goes ultra long in loss

Fairbairn converted two of two field-goal attempts and his lone extra-point kick in Sunday's 33-13 loss to the Seahawks.

Analysis: Fairbairn nailed a 21-yarder then connected from 61 yards out as time ran out in the first half. The usually sure-footed kicker has been plagued by misses in 2021, but the long-distance kick is reminder of previous productive seasons when Houston's offense wasn't such a mess. Fairbairn has 40 points over 10 games this season.

Dec 13, 2021 5:28 AM EST

Little work in loss

Fairbairn did not have any scoring attempts in Sunday's 31-0 loss to the Colts.

Analysis: The Texans entered Indianapolis' side of the field on just two of 11 drives, both times in the fourth quarter, and Houston was not in position to kick field goals. It was the second time this season that Fairbairn was on the field for just one snap.

Dec 6, 2021 5:19 AM EST

Misses one kick in loss

Fairbairn missed his lone field-goal attempt and made two of two extra-point kicks in Sunday's 21-14 loss to the Jets.

Analysis: Fairbairn's 55-yard attempt was wide left and was the last sniff Houston had at scoring. Fantasy managers looking for placekickers should avoid Fairbairn, who kicks for team that's scored just 12.5 points per game over the last six weeks.

Nov 29, 2021 5:59 AM EST

Misses extra point

Fairbairn made all three of his field-goal attempts but missed one of two extra-point tries in Sunday's 22-13 win over the Titans.

Analysis: Fairbairn split the uprights from 43, 24 and 37 yards on his field goals, helping him reach double-digit points despite his misfired PAT. After that season-best tally, Fairbairn will strive to keep his scoring touch in Week 12 versus the Jets.

Nov 23, 2021 4:26 PM EST

Converts three FGAs

Fairbairn was successful on three of three field-goal attempts in Sunday's 17-9 loss to Miami.

Analysis: Fairbairn's three field-goal attempts and nine points were a season high, which may be attributed to the return of Tyrod Taylor at quarterback. The placekicker entered Sunday's contest with 12 points over the previous five weeks, all started by rookie quarterback Davis Mills.

Nov 8, 2021 5:33 AM EST

Makes two extra points

Fairbairn missed his lone field-goal attempt and made two of two extra-point kicks in Sunday's 38-22 loss to the Rams.

Analysis: Fairbairn was wide right on a 45-yard attempt on the final play of the first half. It's been a rough season for the usually consistent kicker, who has amassed just 12 points over five games. Most of that is due to the team's poor offense, but Fairbairn hasn't helped matters by missing two of five extra-point attempts.

Nov 1, 2021 7:04 AM EST

Converts lone attempt

Fairbairn was successful on his lone field-goal attempt, a 53-yard effort, in Sunday's 31-5 loss to Arizona.

Analysis: Fairbairn's established a strong leg and accuracy during his stay in Houston, but he's challenged by an offense that has scored just 30 points over the last four games. Sunday's game was the third time in those four games he's had just one field-goal attempt. If or until the offense can get on track, Fairbairn is a placekicker to avoid. The silver lining is that Tyrod Taylor (hamstring) could return Week 8 against the Rams, which could generate more offense.

Oct 25, 2021 6:48 AM EST

Converts lone attempt

Fairbairn successfully converted his lone field-goal attempt in Sunday's 31-3 loss to Indianapolis.

Analysis: Fairbairn has been uber quiet since returning from the injured list Week 4. He's missed three of six attempts, including two extra-point misses, and the offense hasn't afforded Fairbairn many chances.

Oct 18, 2021 7:09 AM EST

Rough game

Fairbairn converted one of two field-goal attempts and one of three extra-point kicks in Sunday's 25-22 loss to the Patriots.

Analysis: Fairbairn's typically a better kicker than he showed Sunday, so the temptation is to write this off as a bad week. The missed field goal was an excusable 56-yard try, but the two missed extra points and a kickoff that went out of bounds were problematic. It should be noted that these were his first attempts since returning from a leg injury in Week 4. Other than a kickoff, he did not make the field during last week's 40-0 loss to Buffalo.

Oct 11, 2021 7:16 AM EST

No kicks in return

Fairbairn did not attempt a kick in Sunday's 40-0 loss to the Bills.

Analysis: Fairbairn was active for the first time this season after overcoming a leg injury, but the kicker didn't have any scoring opportunities as Houston was blanked in Buffalo. The veteran will hope to get a few chances to show his stuff in Week 5 versus the Patriots.

Oct 5, 2021 11:42 AM EST

Set for Week 4

Fairbairn was activated off injured reserve Saturday, Aaron Wilson of Sportstalk 790 Houston reports.

Analysis: Fairbairn missed the first three games while recovering from a leg injury, but the 27-year-old will make his return Week 4 in what figures to be a difficult matchup against a tough Buffalo defense. Fairbairn will replace Joey Slye who was waived earlier this week after going 11 of 13 on total kicks to start the season.

Oct 2, 2021 2:27 PM EST

Expected back Week 4

The Texans are expected to add Fairbairn to the 53-man roster this week and have his assume kicking duties Sunday against the Bills, Aaron Wilson of Sportstalk 790 Houston reports. "I expect him to," head coach David Culley said of Fairbairn's pending return this week.

Analysis: After missing the Texans' first three games while recovering from a leg injury, Fairbairn was designated to return from injured reserve Monday and took part in practice that day. Houston has apparently been satisfied with how Fairbairn has checked out during his first couple of workouts, with special teams coordinator Frank Ross telling Aaron Reiss of The Athletic on Thursday that the kicker is ready to play. Assuming Fairbairn is in fact activated from IR before Saturday's deadline for Week 4 eligibility, he'll take back kicking duties from Joey Slye, who missed one of five field-goal attempts and one of eight extra-point attempts through Houston's first three weeks.

Sep 30, 2021 8:54 AM EST

Designated to return from IR

Fairbairn (leg) has been designated to return from injured reserve by the Texans on Monday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: With the move, Fairbairn will have a three-week window to be added to the active roster. If not, he'll remain on IR. Coach David Culley has expressed confidence that, when healthy, Fairbairn will be Houston's kicker, so it's safe to assume he will overtake Joey Slye if he is activated.

Sep 27, 2021 2:33 PM EST

Will be evaluated Wednesday

David Culley said Friday that Fairbairn (leg) will be re-evaluated Wednesday, Aaron Wilson of Sportstalk 790 Houston reports.

Analysis: Fairbairn was placed on IR before the Texans' season opener and will be eligible to return during Week 4 if he is healthy. Joey Slye has connected on four of his five field-goal attempts and seven of his eight PATs while filling in for Fairbairn, but he hasn't done enough to win the job. Culley said, "If [Fairbairn] is ready to go, we'll go with him".

Sep 24, 2021 8:43 AM EST

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