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Rams sign sixth-round pick Greg Zuerlein

Jeff Fisher, Brian Schottenheimer AP

The Rams handed Greg Zuerlein the kicking job when they drafted him in the sixth round and now they’ve handed him a four-year contract.

Howard Balzer of the Sports Xchange reports that the Rams have reached agreement on a deal with Zuerlein. That makes five Rams draft picks under contract, half the total number of players the Rams took in April.

Zuerlein was the 171st overall pick last month and the Rams released incumbent kicker Josh Brown moments after they handed the pick in to the league. Zuerlein made a name for himself at Missouri Western State with his strong leg and caught the eye of the Rams in the process. They took advantage of Zuerlein playing close by to check out his pro day and have him in for a workout before the draft.

Zuerlein made 9-of-9 field goals from 50 yards or more in 2011 and recorded 30 touchbacks while kicking off from the 30-yard line in college. He’ll get five extra yards in the NFL, which could make for a lot of uneventful afternoons for the Rams’ kickoff coverage unit.

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5 Responses to “Rams sign sixth-round pick Greg Zuerlein”
  1. thejabronisayz says: Jun 6, 2012 9:24 AM

    “He’ll get five extra yards in the NFL, which could make for a lot of uneventful afternoons for the Rams’ kickoff coverage unit.”

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    Considering the fact that the Rams’ special teams/kickoff coverage unit has been horrendous for about 10 years now, I consider that to be very good.

  2. youboettcha says: Jun 6, 2012 9:54 AM

    I could’ve sworn that the kickoff point in college was always the 35 yard-line. I now know they moved it up to the 35 after this past season, but when was it ever moved to the 30?

  3. thermalito says: Jun 6, 2012 11:35 AM

    good they got him signed. I hope he enjoys playing for the Rams in Los Angeles next season.
    Bring back the LA Rams!

  4. chipwade says: Jun 6, 2012 1:03 PM

    Fight on Griffons and you’ll win the game! Victory Missouri Western State!!!

  5. schmitty2 says: Jun 6, 2012 2:14 PM

    thermalito says:Jun 6, 2012 11:35 AM

    good they got him signed. I hope he enjoys playing for the Rams in Los Angeles next season.
    Bring back the LA Rams!

    In what stadium? Ignorant

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