From Crisis to Comfort; How K Brandon Aubrey Eased the Cowboys Worries
The Dallas Cowboys let Kicker Brett Maher walk in free agency after a very strong 2022 campaign. He ended up with the Los Angeles Rams, leaving Dallas with a gaping hole in the roster. Instead of turning to other teams or free-agent kickers, Dallas went a new route. The Cowboys signed former FC Dallas and USFL Kicker Brandon Aubrey in the 2023 offseason. He was a completely unproven and very raw talent. Few Cowboys fans could have ever imagined how quickly Aubrey became Dallas’ secret weapon.
Aubrey came from virtually unknown to Cowboys record holder. After the New York Jets game, Brandon Aubrey has the most field goals made in one game by a Cowboys kicker in the last 10 years, beating Dan Bailey’s record.
Here is how Cowboys Kicker Brandon Aubrey took Dallas from Kicker crisis to Kicker nirvana.
Consistency Through Two Weeks
Dallas is yet again off to a very strong start, thanks much in part to their Defense. The front office addressed virtually all defensive needs in free agency with the signing of players like CB Stephon Gilmore and S Donovan Wilson. The kicker position was seldom talked about after Aubrey came to Dallas. The likes of Tristan Vizcaino and Jonathan Garibay were the only other contenders.
Ever since the signing, Brandon Aubrey has been on fire. His first NFL field goal was a miss, but he has been 100% ever since. His consistency is a green flag for the Cowboys, as Aubrey’s presence was once considered a hole in the roster. He has since taken Dallas from a crisis situation to a very comfortable one. Look for another impressive performance by Aubrey against the Arizona Cardinals.
“I think we’ve got us a kicker,” said Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones.
Cowboys Kicker Brandon Aubrey will likely get more chances to improve his consistency as Dallas’ schedule steadily gets easier. Look for another impressive performance in week 3 in Arizona.
Aubrey went 5 for 5 on kicks against the Jets, with a long of 55 yards. His kicks have consisted of chip shots and long shots. While Aubrey has yet to be tested from 40-54 yards out, his impressive long kick against New York shows that he has the leg strength. Some kicks were slightly reminiscent of Greg “The Leg” Zuerlein, which is a very good sign for Cowboys fans.
Aubrey’s consistency from the short range is good for long drives that stall in the red zone. His leg strength displayed on the 55-yarder is good for drives that end near mid-field. Whatever problems Dallas’ offense may encounter through the upcoming games, Brandon Aubrey could be the one to alleviate them.
Dallas has a very unique relationship with their kickers. They often sign them knowing it will come with criticism. From Brett Maher to Nick Folk, Dallas has been under fire for many kicker signings. The same could be said about Aubrey. While the criticism and doubters may be loud, Cowboys Kicker Brandon Aubrey’s leg speaks louder.
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