How Former Cowboys Fared With Their New Teams in Week 1

Did we make the right decision in letting them go?

Checking on how Ezekiel Elliott and other former Cowboys performed in their Week 1 debuts with new teams.
Checking on how Ezekiel Elliott and other former Cowboys performed in their Week 1 debuts with new teams. / Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports
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3. Brett Maher

Any NFL team knew their fans would be upset (and probably mock them) for signing Brett Maher after that extra point debacle down the stretch in 2023, and it was unclear if Maher would ever mentally recover from that.

Fans were all holding their breath when the Rams scored on their first drive and Maher trotted out there to try to tie the game at 7-7.

He came through.

Things went downhill from there. His next kick, a 57-yard field goal attempt, was blocked. Then he missed another:

You can't fault him too much for either miss, but that's not something you wanna see from a guy less than a year removed from one of the worst cases of the yips you'll ever see.

Maher proved he's still in it mentally, though, making field goals of 38, 54 and 45 yards while hitting another two extra points for good measure in the second half.

Maher's doomed to hearing extra point jokes for the rest of his career, and the first time he misses one (something almost every kicker does at least a couple of times in a season), he's going to have to deal with massive amounts of speculation around whether he's toast.

But hey, Maher has been better on extra points than the Cowboys have this season.