The Dallas Cowboys dominated in every area against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday, except in the kicking game. Brett Maher, who made over 94% of his extra points in the regular season, missed four against the Buccaneers, a playoff record, and not one to brag about.
Although the Cowboys have expressed faith in Maher, and for good reason, one game shouldn’t define any player. However, the Cowboys aren’t leaving any stone unturned and have signed kicker Tristan Vizcaino to their practice squad.
The #Cowboys plan to sign kicker Tristan Vizcaino to the practice squad, pending physical, per source.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) January 18, 2023
Team officials have said the plan is to stick with Brett Maher after Monday night’s extra-point fiasco. But now they have insurance.
Vizcaino is no stranger to Dallas. In January 2020, he signed a reserve/future contract with the Cowboys but was released that April.
For his career, Vizcaino has made 11 of his 12 field attempts. He did have some struggles making extra points in 2021 during his stint with the Los Angeles Chargers. But, those are the only ones he’s missed in his career (15 for 20).
The plan for Dallas is to move forward with Maher as the kicker. Make no mistake about it, though, if Maher reverts to his ways from the first round, the insurance of having Vizcaino will come in handy.
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