Signing Dallas kicker Vizcaino is added insurance

FRISCO, Texas — The Dallas Cowboys still planning to do it Brett Maher kick off Sunday’s tournament with the San Francisco 49ersbut sign Tristan Vizcaino in the practice group on Wednesday is an insurance.

Maher missed four extra points on Monday to win the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. After the game, owner and general manager Jerry Jones said Maher would continue to be the kicker, and on Tuesday, he backed him up. by head coach Mike McCarthy and special teams coordinator John Fassel.

But if Maher struggles when he kicks in practice on Thursday and Friday, the Cowboys will better prepare Vizcaino. He spent part of the 2020 offseason with the club.

Vizcaino played in three games this season and the Arizona Cardinals and New England Patriots. He made two field goals and three extra points in the Cardinals’ win over the Los Angeles Rams.

On Tuesday, Fassel said Maher was battling a case of the yips after becoming the first player in any NFL game since 1932 to miss four extra points in a regular season game. or a sports game, according to Elias, there are 16,207 games.

“I believe in the hot hand and I believe in the yips, absolutely,” Fassel said. “And you know, sometimes you wonder how you’re going to get through the yips and sometimes you wonder how you’re going to get back to the hot hand. I think it’s just continuing to step on the line and shoot that. We missed a few free throws (Monday). ) … He’s got a hot hand. Let’s see, he only missed (six) kicks in the whole season. The yip happens, so I expect a hot hand.”

In the regular season, Maher made 29 of 32 field goals, missing 59 yards twice and 46 yards. He made 50 of 53 extra points but missed his final one – after attempting the regular season finale in the loss to the team. Washington Commandersthen four straight against the Buccaneers.

“Life happens, man. I mean, look at our first three games. We all had three drops,” was the big response. TY Hilton said. “It happens. And for him, man, like at the end of the second, I just went to him and said, ‘Head up. Hey, we got you. We’re good. “continue to let him gain his confidence. All he has to do is see someone go in and be successful.”

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