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McQuaide Signing Gives Rams Peace of Mind

Posted by nickwagoner on July 11, 2013 – 2:56 PM

- Jake McQuaide has been a Ram for just two seasons. In those two seasons, it’s very unlikely you’ve heard his name too often.

- Aside from when he first claimed the job in a training camp battle with long time Ram Chris Massey and perhaps more recently when he joined K Greg Zuerlein and P Johnny Hekker in the Dude Perfect trick kick (and snap) video, McQuaide’s name hasn’t exactly been a household one.

- Considering that McQuaide is the Rams’ long snapper, that’s a good thing, a very good thing. By the very nature of his position, it should stand to reason that if his name is coming up on a regular basis, then the results haven’t been what you want. For long snappers, any mistake is magnified but there’s little glory for doing a good job.

- What little glory there is, though, McQuaide reaped the benefits of last week when the Rams signed him to a four-year contract extension that will keep him in St. Louis for twice as long as his current tenure.

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- The Rams originally signed McQuaide as an undrafted free agent out of Ohio State back in 2011. He was a walk-on for the Buckeyes but ended up handling the job for three seasons in Columbus, earning a number of academic honors along the way.

- Upon arrival in St. Louis, McQuaide quickly proved to be accurate and quick with his snaps and provided toughness and willingness to get up the field to pursue returners on punts.

- Since, McQuaide has been nothing but solid; posting 150 consecutive clean snaps as a rookie in 2011 and 139 more in his second season in 2012 for a total of 289 consecutive clean snaps.

- Entering his third year, McQuaide figures to continue to take on a bit more of a leadership role for the Rams’ special teams as he represents the most tenured of the team’s young specialists.

- With McQuaide in the fold for the forseeable future, the Rams have one less roster spot to worry about. And no matter the position, that’s always a good thing.


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6 Responses to “McQuaide Signing Gives Rams Peace of Mind”

  1. By Kyle Walker on Jul 11, 2013 | Reply

    Oh man I remember Chris Massey. Both him and Jeff Wilkins were such a great pair. Such great memories! It’s a bit of a shame that Wilkins needed to retire due to medical reasons when he only needed one PAT to break the most consecutive PATs record. Would have been great to see him do it, but last I recall, he’s still tied for first so it’s all good. :)

  2. By chuck anderson on Jul 15, 2013 | Reply

    I can not tell you how proud I am to hear great things about the Rams, I have been a fan of the NFL for many Years and a Fan of Oklahoma OU foot ball since Bud Wilkson was the coach. I became a die hard fan when Bradford was signed.I wanted so bad to see his Reputation to come along better and thank God for coach Fisher and his team I do believe this is the year. I have one complaint. Why because we live in Oklahoma we have to watch the Cowboys, I don’t care how they are doing, We people in Oklahoma want the Ram’s on our TV. Is there any thing you can do about this.
    At least we are rooting for you if we can’t see you. Keep up the good work.
    chuck

  3. By chefartstl on Jul 15, 2013 | Reply

    Just another, yet oh-so-vital piece of the overall game-planning pie. I can recall a time not so long ago when the center, or his back-up would do this job, and not always with consistently. Snapping the ball at the line of scrimmage is a much different duty than that of today’s long-snapper, which has evolved into a specialized skill set. After snapping cleanly to the punter, the LS takes-off down-field as another tackler, potential blocker, or set of hands. In days gone by, the snapper, and the kicker could not be counted-on to make tackles, etc.. It it is an unheralded, generally thankless job. However, every time kicker Greg Zuerlein parts the uprights, or Johnny Hekker hits a great punt, they have Jake McQuaide to thank for that nice, clean, snap, on target, on time. EVERY time!

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