Rams release rookie kicker Samuel Sloman after rough start
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Los Angeles Rams have released rookie kicker Samuel Sloman after seven games with the team.
The Rams (5-2) dropped their election in the seventh round on Tuesday after blocking a field goal attempt in the 24:10 win over Chicago on Monday evening.
Seasoned NFL kicker Kai Forbath is expected to take over Sloman. The Rams signed Forbath from the Bear's training team last week.
Sloman won a three-way competition for the training camp job, but his first NFL job has been tough since missing a 29-yard field goal attempt at the Rams' season opener against Dallas.
He missed three extra point attempts for Los Angeles and three of his eleven field goal attempts, with two blocked. He also fought to get enough distance at kick-off.
"As a rookie it is a difficult situation to come under the pressure of that kicking position," said coach Sean McVay on Tuesday. “In many cases you go through a few things and then get a chance (with another team) on the road. This is the hope I have for Sam. These are never fun conversations, but I think he understood that we have to produce at a higher level. "
Sloman was the replacement for Greg Zuerlein, who was one of the top kickers in the NFL for much of his eight-year tenure with the Rams. Zuerlein left Los Angeles in the off-season with longtime special team coordinator John Fassel to join the Cowboys.
The Rams signed Forbath a week ago after Sloman missed his third extra point, but gave Sloman one last chance against the Bears as Forbath didn't clear COVID-19 logs until Sunday. Sloman made a 22-yard field goal, but his 48-yard attempt against Chicago was small and easy to block.
Forbath is from Los Angeles and has played at Sherman Oaks Notre Dame High School and UCLA. He appeared for six teams in his first eight seasons in the NFL.
Forbath was Washington's kicker for four seasons while McVay was the team's assistant. Forbath ended last season with all ten field attempts for Dallas but was still released in August in Zuerlein’s favor.
"I've been to Washington with Kai and he's pretty much in the 50 yard range," said McVay. “He has experience and I think that's important. The game isn't too big for him, and I think he'll add stability to this point and hopefully more consistent production that we didn't have this year. "
The Rams also added kicker Austin MacGinnis to their training team on Tuesday.
MacGinnis, a Kentucky product that started the XFL, lost the Rams' training camp competition with Slovis and Lirim Hajrullahu, but still made a strong impression on Los Angeles.
"It was really close between these three guys," said McVay. "(MacGinnis) instantly gets big on his kicks."
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