All offseason, undrafted rookie Tanner Brown looked like he would be the Rams’ kicker this season. That wasn’t because of his performance in practice or preseason, but because he was the team’s lone kicker all summer.
That experiment didn’t work, and the Rams were without a kicker on their 53-man roster when the final cuts were made. They have since signed Brett Maher to the practice squad, giving them a veteran to lean on for at least the start of the season.
Sean McVay shared his thoughts on the addition of Maher, who he says is someone who has been at a high level for a long time.
“Brett is a guy that has a lot of production, over 90% in his career and I think he has for a while,” McVay said Thursday. “I thought Chase (Blackburn) and coach (Jeremy) Springer did a great job of looking at a lot of the different possibilities and options that could happen. Really grateful for Tanner’s (Brown) contributions. He didn’t turn out the way we wanted, but Brett Maher is a guy who has done it at a high level. It’s good to be able to bring him here today and get acclimated. You don’t take it for granted, everyone only thinks about the kicker, but the cross and the hold and those three really developing a continuity and a relationship is important and I was very pleased with the way the deal was viewed on Day 1″.
Maher made 29 of his 32 field goal attempts last season with the Cowboys, and two of his three misses came from 50-plus yards. He was 9 of 11 from 50-plus yards and has consistently been one of the best long-range kickers in the league.
What is concerning is the fact that Maher missed five of his six extra point attempts in the playoffs last year and failed to make the Broncos’ 53-man roster this season. He was the best option available to the Rams at this point in the offseason, so the hope is that he can rekindle some of the magic he displayed last year.