Maher connected on both his field-goal attempts (37 and 29 yards) and both his extra points in Sunday night's win over the Giants. It was a solid bounce-back performance after his shaky NFL debut in Week 1, when he missed his only kick. Maher figures to get a long leash to prove he can fill Dan Bailey's cleats, and Maher's job security likely improved in Week 2 if only because the free-agent ranks figure to be depleted after a number of kicking disasters around the league.
Maher failed to score a point in Sunday's loss to the Panthers, missing his only field-goal attempt from 47 yards. The Cowboys were down 16-0 in the fourth quarter by the time they scored their first TD, necessitating a two-point conversion rather than an extra point. Maher's production figures to be limited in 2018 until the Dallas offense shows signs of life, making the former CFL player a very risky fantasy option even before you consider his potentially shaky job security.
Maher beat out Dan Bailey and will be the Cowboys' kicker to begin the season, Nick Eatman of the team's official site reports. Bailey has connected on the most field goals in Cowboys history (186), but the front office appears to have gone with the cheaper option in Maher. Speaking of, Maher has no NFL stats on his resume but has bounced about the CFL, posting a 78.1 percent rate on field goals and a punt average of 45.8. With steady punter Chris Jones on the roster, Maher will focus on placekicking now that he's locked down an NFL gig.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|13||11/30||New Orleans Saints||27||9.00|
|16||12/23||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||7||4.50|
|17||12/30||@New York Giants||21||8.00|