Los Angeles Rams should be thrilled over Greg Zuerlein’s return

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On Tuesday, Greg Zuerlein was kicking for the Los Angeles Rams during OTAs, which is an amazing sign.

As successful as the Los Angeles Rams were during their surprise playoff run in 2017, the one factor that was tough to adjust to was the loss of Greg Zuerlein on special teams. Thanks to better opportunities by the Rams to be in scoring position, the Rams kicker had himself a career year, and was even voted into the Pro Bowl.

Unfortunately, Zuerlein watched his career season come to an end sooner than expected after suffering a back injury in the middle of December, forcing Los Angeles to go with Sam Ficken the rest of the way.

Up until that point, Zuerlein had crushed his previous career high of 26 field goals by converting 38 of 40 kicks on the season in just 14 games of action, showing just how much of an impact he had been making on special teams.

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Of course, a lot of this had to do with the high-powered offense of the Rams putting Zuerlein in much better position for more kicking opportunities when compared to previous seasons. But at the end of the day, Zuerlein still deserves credit for coming up big for Los Angeles when needed the most.

With that being said, nobody truly knew what to expect from Zuerlein when it came to a potential return since the back injury is nothing to mess with, but Rams fans were in for a treat on Tuesday. In fact, based off observations from Rich Hammond, it appears Zuerlein may even be ready to go by the time training camp rolls around if all goes well over the next few months.

Yes, this is amazing news for the Rams and their fans to see when looking at how reliable Zuerlein was on special teams in 2017, but also the team knows not to jump too far ahead.

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The last thing Los Angeles wants to do is rush Zuerlein back when he isn’t 100 percent ready to risk the kicker aggravating the injury, so it’s important to take things slow. Hopefully, all continues to go well for Zuerlein over the next couple of months to be ready for the start of training camp, which will be here before the Rams know it.