The kicker position for Los Angeles has been a revolving door all season after the team let former kicker Greg Zuerlein walk in free agency. The Rams were right to do so as Zuerlein who signed a deal with the Dallas Cowboys had his worst year yet.
To fill his absence, the team had a three-man competition during training camp which ended with rookie Samuel Sloman emerging as the team’s choice. However, after missing three field goals along with three extra points in the first seven games, the Rams waived him and signed journeyman Kai Forbath. Forbath proved not to be any better as he missed a field goal and extra point in the next two games before suffering an ankle injury.
The Rams then turned to Matt Gay who spent his rookie season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2019. Gay’s arrival has all but stabilized the position for Los Angeles. In seven games he was 14-16 in field goals and 16-16 in extra points. He followed his strong regular season performance by collecting 12 points on 3 extra points and 3 field goals during the team’s Wild Card Round win over the Seattle Seahawks.
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In a press conference on Tuesday, head coach Sean McVay expressed how highly he thinks of Matt Gay and what he’s done for the team since his arrival.
“Man, he is Mr. Automatic as of late. He’s done a great job and it looks like we found our guy for a long time, really for the future.”
After finding himself jobless after last season, his almost perfect 2020 season may have secured him a future with the team.