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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Dallas Cowboys 2013 Specialists News

News and notes for Dallas Cowboys specialists in 2013:
August 28th: "released former [Nebraska] Husker and Kearney Bearcat free agent kicker Brett Maher. Brett was signed two weeks ago shortly after the York Jets released him. Both Brett and his father Brian Maher hinted today on the Doug and Daddy radio show that it wouldn't be a surprise if he were released today since the Cowboys do have a reliable kicker in Dan Bailey. However, Brett said he does expect another call from another team to get a shot. Hooking on as a free agent is difficult but Brett is not ready to give up trying and he may get another chance."

August 13th:  "Brett Maher hit six-of-six kicks during the Cowboys’ second practice of the week on Monday. But the rookie’s presence hardly seems like competition for Bailey – rather, it’s more like well-deserved rest. 'You don’t want your kicker to be, kind of, kicking to help your team function, and wear his leg out during training camp,' coach Jason Garrett said. 'He’s a strong kid, he’s very athletic – that’s never been a concern with him. But you need to be able to function and having another leg -- both for your punter and your place kicker -- can really help.'That should free Dan Bailey up to work on the other nuances of his game. He has worked extensively on kickoffs and onside kick with new special teams coordinator Rich Bisaccia on top of his barrage of field goals."

August 12th: released rookie long snapper P.J. Mangieri (Nebraska) who had been signed August 11th.

August 9th: "Dan Bailey, who has had only one blocked kick in his two seasons, had a 26-yard attempt blocked in the second quarter Friday. The Raiders overloaded the right side of the Cowboys’ line, with Tracy Porter going outside, around tight end Dante Rosario, and Tyvon Branch and Kevin Burnett going between guard David Arkin and Rosario. Rosario didn’t block any of the three, and Branch went through cleanly. 'I think we just had a lot of pressure from the right side,' Bailey said. 'The operation was good as far as our speed, and I thought I hit the ball good, got the ball up. …But it seemed like we had quite a big push on the right side, I don’t know, maybe between the guard and the tight end, somewhere over there'.”
 
August 7th: released kicker/punter Spencer Benton (Clemson), an undrafted rookie free agent that had been signed following this year's draft

May 29th: released long snapper Charley Hughlett, free agent that had been re-signed in January

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