Oct 20, 2012; Evanston, IL, USA; Nebraska Cornhuskers kicker Brett Maher (96) is congratulated by defensive tackle Kevin Williams (92) after kicking a field goal against the Northwestern Wildcats during the first quarter at Ryan Field. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

New York Jets' UDFA Profile: K Brett Maher

Tonight, for our UDFA profile, we take a look at a guy signed by the Jets recently. He has quite the ability as both a kicker and a punter, and could conceivably give Nick Folk and Robert Malone a run for their money. He played in the Big 10, so his competition was unquestioned. Spotlight is on Nebraska kicker, Brett Maher.


Brett Maher stands at 6’0″, and weighs in at 186 pounds.

Here are his career stats, per espn.com:

2011 19 23 82.6 43 44 100
2012 20 27 74.1 59 59 119
YEAR TEAM FGM FGA PCT 1-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+ LNG XPM XPA PTS
2011 19 23 82.6 0-0 7-7 5-6 4-4 3-6 51 43 44 100
2012 20 27 74.1 1-1 5-5 7-9 4-7 3-5 54 59 59 119
2011 59 44.5 69 2626
2012 61 41.8 69 2552

I was able to get some pretty extensive video on Maher, take a look:

Not a lot to be said about this guy. He clearly has a strong leg. Maher makes the long kicks look like he is kicking PATs. He is accurate, and strong. The stats and the video bare that out.

As a kickoff man/punter, he kicks it deep, and his hang time allows for minimal returns. He is an all around good kicker on all fronts. There is no reason why Brett Maher can’t give the incumbents a run for their money.

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  • matr dontelli iii

    has there ever been a two-way kicker before? between folk being unable to reach the endzone after week one – with the exception of in denver – and the advantage of filling two positions with one roster spot, i’d give him the job(s) as long as the competitions were close. and i certainly wouldn’t give folk any credit for long kickoffs in the preseason. he gets granny legged as the season wears on. i don’t have a problem with his field goals so much, but the kickoffs…sheesh!

    • TheJetPress

      I hear you. I can’t think of one that every did both jobs, but this guy could do it. This young man seems to have a lot of talent.

  • Frank Antonelli

    I hope he makes the team because he’d be a great insurance policy. If he makes it as a punter he could backup the kicker in case of injury in a game plus do the kickoffs, and vice versa if he makes it as a kicker. We could also decide to have him do both jobs sometimes if we needed an extra DB, etc in a particular game.

    • TheJetPress

      I hadn’t thought about that Frank but you are right. A guy like him could give the Jets a lot of versatility on the back end of the roster in a given week.