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Rams Release Brown, Zuerlein Next Up

Posted by nickwagoner on April 30, 2012 – 5:24 PM

– Before the Rams went ahead and selected kicker Greg Zuerlein of tiny Missouri Western in the sixth round of the draft on Saturday, Rams coach Jeff Fisher made sure he informed incumbent kicker Josh Brown that the move was forthcoming. He also informed Brown that he’d subsequently be released and that the decision had been made to give Zuerlein the opportunity.

“He’s already been informed of that,” Fisher said Saturday night.  “Josh was a great kicker and is tremendous here in the community and has got deep roots here. I spoke with him immediately after the pick, and he understands.”

– Releasing Brown saves the Rams nearly $3 million in salary cap space but that wasn’t the driving force behind the move. Rather, the chance to add a strong leg such as Zuerlein’s became too good to pass up after special teams coach John Fassel worked him out twice and saw first hand the type of ability possessed by Zuerlein.

“Coach Fassel went out and did private workouts with a number of kickers and punters and he came back and literally was blown away at the leg, the distance on the kickoffs and the distance and accuracy in the field goal game,” Fisher said. “Twenty-three-of-24 and nine over 50 (yards), two over 58 in one game – that’s extraordinary. We felt like this was going to be a need. We need to upgrade the position, so we couldn’t pass on this opportunity. And we’re glad we didn’t because you saw what Minnesota did right after.”

– Zuerlein figures to step right into the mix and handle the top kicking duties right away. The Rams also have Garrett Lindholm on the roster to help provide a breather when Zuerlein needs one.

– Brown’s release means the Rams will almost certainly be turning over the kicking and punting jobs to rookies this year. Punter Donnie Jones departed for a free agent deal with Houston earlier this offseason.

– That means the most tenured player amongst the Rams’ specialists figures to be long snapper Jake McQuaide, who replaced veteran Chris Massey last offseason.

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5 Responses to “Rams Release Brown, Zuerlein Next Up”

  1. By Mike A on Apr 30, 2012 | Reply

    This will probably turn out to be the best move of the draft. This kid has a tremendous leg and loads of potential. Bottom line is that Brown just wasn’t good enough, with a 75% accuracy rating in ’11 and 80% for his career this shouldn’t have surprised anyone.

  2. By Daniel Huff on May 1, 2012 | Reply

    Garrett Lindholm to provide “breathers” for Zuerlein? Have you ever seen Lindholm kick??? Would take a hell of a kicker to beat him out. He already beat Josh Brown out in offseason.

  3. By Richard on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    I’m glad they have a quality back-up to spell him should he need a breather…Since when do kickers need to take a play off

  4. By nickwagoner on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    Not in games, in training camp. No team wants a kicker that wears out his leg in the preseason. Lindholm should provide that for Zuerlein.

  5. By Trey F. on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    I hope Josh will land on his feet somewhere. I really liked him. He is tough, isnt afraid to go make a tackle, just a tough kicker and a great one even @ 75% ACC.

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