– 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.
– 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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