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Source: Cowboys Sign Familiar Kicker to 90-Man Training Camp Roster

Lirim Hajrullahu is back in a Dallas Cowboys uniform.
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FRISCO - For a moment there, there was a lone kicker in camp in the Lone Star State. But that was never the plan, and now Lirim Hajrullahu is back in a Dallas Cowboys uniform.

As the Cowboys worked through their minicamp activities, Jonathan Garibay was the only kicker stationed on the roster. He worked in place of Greg Zuerlein, who now resides with the New York Jets.

Garibay is used to special-teams heroics in the Lone Star State: he previously starred at Texas Tech after two seasons at Riverside City College, leading the Big 12 in conversion rate at 93.8 percent (15-of-16), setting a new program record. His game-winner against Iowa State in November proved historic, as the 62-yard boot set another Red Raider-best. For his efforts, Garibay was named a first-team All-Big 12 member.

Garibay left Texas Tech early to enter the NFL Draft but was not selected. Dallas scooped him up to fill the kicker's spot after they released Zuerlein in March.

“This is like a dream, something incredible,” Garibay said of his NFL opportunity. "I feel very proud to represent the Hispanic community and give a good example. If it is in God’s plan, I would feel very proud of continuing that tradition of Mexican kickers with the Cowboys."

But all along, the Cowboys were going to add a veteran leg to create a kicking competition; a source told about the possibility of a "revolving door'' at the position in 2022, probably starting with a camp add.

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And now we are there, with Hajrullahu, who has a fascinating background, a tie with coach Bones Fassel and has toured through The Star before.

He's got a shot. So does Garibay.

“I keep my faith in God and in producing results,” Garibay said. “I must not focus on what other team kickers are doing, who are also very good and respected. I must focus on my own job and follow the path God marks for me.”

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