Ed "Pi Double i" Henderson
The Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay announced at today's media conference that kicker Greg Zuerlein is clear to full kicking duties. He mentioned the Zuerlein had a good workout, felt good, and received the thumbs up.
Coach McVay also expressed how appreciative he was with Cairo Santos, how the organization gravitated to him while in a Rams uniform. Santos with two game-winning kicks against the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos on consecutive weeks gave the team a breath of fresh air. Santos replaced Sam Ficken who originally was signed, but he struggled with making manageable field goals.
Rams released Santos yesterday, so it was very apparent that Zuerlein would be available after he missed the last five games. He injured his groin during pre-game workouts in week two against the Arizona Cardinals. The Rams had a contingency plan with punter Johnny Hekker, who kicked a field and two PAT's.
With the release of the news of Zuerlein's return, you can envision the roar of the happy Ram fans across the world. Zuerlein's powerful leg help the
Rams secure a win in week one against the Oakland Raiders as he made three PAT's, four out of field goals (including a 51-yarder from the infield). Zuerlein was named the NFC Special Team Player of the Week for his exceptional kicking against the Raiders.
Rams are optimistic that Zuerlein will remain healthy for the rest of the season, as they lost him in Week #15 last season with a herniated disc. At some point, they will call upon him to kick some long field goals something they were not confident with the previous five games.