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    How come no one ever talks about any kickers or punters coming out of colllege because really u need a strong and accurate person at both positions. If ur guy misses a field goal in the playoffs or misses one in the superbowl even it can be a game loser. So I just wondered why they aren't talked about more.

  • #2
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    If there was one area on the Rams that doesn't need to be addressed in the slightest it would be the kicking/punting. A tandem doesn't get much better than Josh Brown and Donnie Jones. That's probably why no one here's talks about those coming out of college

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    • #3
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      Well I was really talkin about in general I know we are set .

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      • #4
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        Because they can play at a pretty high level until like 40, kickers and punters don't get drafted to high because there are so many serviceable guys out there. If there is a kicker or punter who is deemed to have incredible skill, he will get drafted in the higher rounds.

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        • #5
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          I seem to remember Sepulveda being drafted in the 4th round by the Steelers. Doesnt that seem a bit high for a punter? Was there a whole who-ha about it at the time??

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          • #6
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            the raiders famously drafted ray guy, a punter in the first round and janikowski, a kicker in the first not long ago.

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            • #7
              Re: kickers/punters

              Originally posted by molar_pistol View Post
              the raiders famously drafted ray guy, a punter in the first round and janikowski, a kicker in the first not long ago.
              Wow he was the 17th pick in the 1st (janikowski). See that's what I was talkin about I just hadn't heard anything like that. That guys a beast though.

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              • #8
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                You've now made me go look up the kickers and punters in this years draft. Scott Wright has the best punter in this year's draft as Zoltan Mesko - hands down the best name for a punter I've ever heard.

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                • #9
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                  It makes sense if you think about the numbers. Each team carries 1 kicker and 1 punter on the roster. Each starting quality kicker or punter has the potential to play in the league for 15-20 years. Since teams don't carry back-ups and the starters are able to play for so long, there are only going to be a couple openings at each of those positions in any given year.

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                  • general counsel
                    can you believe how good our kickers are?
                    by general counsel
                    We HAVE to have the best kicker-punter combination in the nfl. Isnt it interesting how much better our coverage units (Especially kickoff coverage) look with better distance and hang time.

                    I think Donnie Jones has a bionic leg. He is really launching some serious bombs.

                    Josh Brown is Wilkins with another five yards on his leg on field goals and another 10 yards on his kickoffs. The two field goals yesterday would each have been good from 60 yards.

                    Some credit needs to go to the front office for signing both of these guys.

                    ramming speed to all

                    general counsel

                    ps In troubling times, we have to give thanks for any silver lining we can find.
                    -09-15-2008, 08:23 AM
                  • GroundChuck
                    Even more publicity for our kickers. Long article
                    by GroundChuck
                    From Les Carpenter @ Yahoo Sports:

                    ST. LOUIS – John Fassel is dying to try. Oh how he wants to try. The St. Louis Rams special teams coordinator, and son of former NFL head coach Jim Fassel, has a dream in mind.
                    He can see it now. The ball will be somewhere on the horn of the Rams' insignia in the middle of the field. The goal posts will look like a pair of luminous toothpicks lost in the roaring fans. And Rams head coach Jeff Fisher will glance at Fassel and nod his head.
                    Send in the kid.
                    It will be a record field goal, no doubt. Maybe 64 yards. Maybe 65. Something rarely ventured. And the ball will be snapped, the holder will put it down and Greg Zuerlein will plant his left leg and swing his magnificent right foot. In one mighty swoop, shoe will smack against ball sending a tiny brown streak climbing toward those distant poles …
                    "Oh yeah, I definitely want to know if he can make it," Fassel says. "And he does too."
                    His rookie kicker, this kid no one much has heard of – from a place called Missouri Western State – is blasting footballs from remarkable distances. Wherever the Rams have the ball and the call goes for him, he jogs out, takes his step and a half, and pounds the ball so hard through the goal posts it often smacks against the netting, no matter the distance. This is making him the most talked-about player on a team with a former No. 1 overall draft pick (Sam Bradford), a seven-time 1,000-yard rusher (Steven Jackson) and a swarming defense. His kicks in preseason games made news, each seemingly longer than the one before, until the regular season came and it was all but expected he would make everything he tried.
                    And so far he has. He's hit all 13 of his field goal attempts in the NFL. Last week he set a team record by kicking a 58-yard field goal and then broke it by hitting a 60-yarder. Both sailed over the crossbar as if they were extra points.
                    With his sudden fame comes the nicknames. Sobriquets like "Greg The Leg", "Legatron" and "Young GZ". Each has its own Twitter hashtag. All for a kicker nobody knew just seven weeks ago.
                    Meanwhile, Greg the Leg or Legatron or whatever, seems embarrassed by all of the affection. The best young kicker in the league, the one who can't miss from halfway across the field, laughs nervously.
                    "I don't know," he says."I mean it's kind of a cool thing and at the end of the day it can come and go and I can miss a bunch of kicks and be out of here."
                    Hardly the thing you'd expect from a man called Legatron.
                    o where does it come from? This power to routinely kick a football through goal posts some 60 yards away?
                    Zuerlein laughs. "I don't know, I just do it," he says.
                    The best young kicker in the NFL is an unassuming man. Not big but not small. He wears shorts and a Rams t-shirt and walks into a room at the team's practice...
                    -10-12-2012, 02:56 AM
                  • r8rh8rmike
                    Friendship Fuels Specialists' Success
                    by r8rh8rmike
                    Friendship Fuels Specialists' Success
                    Monday, August 24, 2009


                    By Nick Wagoner
                    Senior Writer

                    For as easy and automatic as they make their jobs look on Sundays, there’s a lot more to the work put in by punter Donnie Jones, long snapper Chris Massey and kicker Josh Brown than the average person might think.

                    From the time spent in the weight room where Massey is among the strongest players on the team to the practice field where the trio perfects their respective crafts, the one thing they all know is that they can’t be the best trio of specialists in the NFL without one another.

                    That’s why, at nearly every opportunity, Jones, Massey and Brown spend as much time together as they can both on and off the field. For all the God given talent they’ve each been blessed with, none of it would matter were it not for the chemistry they forge on hunting trips, family vacations and the daily ribbing and pranks they pull on each other.

                    “We try to have a close personal relationship and that just carries over on to the field to what we do,” Massey said. “It makes things a lot easier, a lot smoother and it feels like we are a well oiled machine all the way around. All the nervousness and questioning each other, that’s not there with us. I know Donnie has got my back and Josh has both our backs. These guys, I just go out and do the best I can and contribute to their success and hopefully they make me look as good as I make them look.”

                    At the risk of jinxing a streak of unparalleled consistency, it says here that Massey is the NFL’s most dependable player that most people have never heard of.

                    Drafted in the seventh round of the 2002 NFL Draft, Massey is now one of the Rams’ elder statesman and the third longest-tenured Ram.

                    In his seven seasons in the league, Massey has gone six seasons without botching a snap. For his career, Massey has snapped the ball 841 times. Only once (Dec. 11, 2006 in Chicago for the record) has he misfired and he is carrying a streak of 312 consecutive perfect snaps.

                    That kind of consistency has made Massey exactly the type of player he wants to be: anonymous.

                    “I take pride in people not knowing my name,” Massey said. “If you know my name it means I am not doing my job right.”

                    There is no glamour to Massey’s position and very little glory. Much like an offensive lineman blocking for a 1,500-yard rusher, Massey gets his glory from helping Jones and Brown reach their goals.

                    The reality is that without a good snap, a kicker and punter has little chance for success. A good snap is often considered one good enough to be kicked without getting blocked.

                    But Massey has left a legacy of snapping the ball with enough velocity and accuracy to leave little doubt whether the ball is going to be booted.

                    Take Jones for...
                    -08-25-2009, 12:04 AM
                  • tomahawk247
                    one bright spot for the Rams...
                    by tomahawk247
                    i cant remember ever seeing a bad snap on special teams from Chris Massey
                    the guy is just solid and the model of consistency

                    he is very underrated, and is a reason why Donnie Jones and Josh Brown can be so good with their kicks

                    in a year when the NFL has seen a fair few bad snaps on special teams leading to safeties, missed field goals and botched punts, we can take solace in the fact that not every single Ram is playing like pure garbage
                    -11-11-2008, 02:47 AM
                  • r8rh8rmike
                    Rams Rookie Greg Zuerlein Has Become A Kicking Sensation
                    by r8rh8rmike
                    Rams rookie Greg Zuerlein has become a kicking sensation and has the nicknames to back it up

                    Les Carpenter
                    Yahoo Sports
                    Thu, Oct 11, 2012

                    ST. LOUIS – John Fassel is dying to try. Oh how he wants to try. The St. Louis Rams special teams coordinator, and son of former NFL head coach Jim Fassel, has a dream in mind.

                    He can see it now. The ball will be somewhere on the horn of the Rams' insignia in the middle of the field. The goal posts will look like a pair of luminous toothpicks lost in the roaring fans. And Rams head coach Jeff Fisher will glance at Fassel and nod his head.

                    Send in the kid.Greg Zuerlein

                    It will be a record field goal, no doubt. Maybe 64 yards. Maybe 65. Something rarely ventured. And the ball will be snapped, the holder will put it down and Greg Zuerlein will plant his left leg and swing his magnificent right foot. In one mighty swoop, shoe will smack against ball sending a tiny brown streak climbing toward those distant poles …

                    "Oh yeah, I definitely want to know if he can make it," Fassel says. "And he does too."

                    His rookie kicker, this kid no one much has heard of – from a place called Missouri Western State – is blasting footballs from remarkable distances. Wherever the Rams have the ball and the call goes for him, he jogs out, takes his step and a half, and pounds the ball so hard through the goal posts it often smacks against the netting, no matter the distance. This is making him the most talked-about player on a team with a former No. 1 overall draft pick (Sam Bradford), a seven-time 1,000-yard rusher (Steven Jackson) and a swarming defense. His kicks in preseason games made news, each seemingly longer than the one before, until the regular season came and it was all but expected he would make everything he tried.

                    And so far he has. He's hit all 13 of his field goal attempts in the NFL. Last week he set a team record by kicking a 58-yard field goal and then broke it by hitting a 60-yarder – three yards short of the NFL mark. Both sailed over the crossbar as if they were extra points.

                    With his sudden fame comes the nicknames. Sobriquets like "Greg The Leg", "Legatron" and "Young GZ". Each has its own Twitter hashtag. All for a kicker nobody knew just seven weeks ago.

                    Meanwhile, Greg the Leg or Legatron or whatever, seems embarrassed by all of the affection. The best young kicker in the league, the one who can't miss from halfway across the field, laughs nervously.

                    "I don't know," he says."I mean it's kind of a cool thing and at the end of the day it can come and go and I can miss a bunch of kicks and be out of here."

                    Hardly the thing you'd expect from a man called Legatron.

                    So where does it come from? This power to routinely kick a football...
                    -10-13-2012, 09:23 PM
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