Back before the Sean McVay era officially got underway, Johnny Hekker was one of the few star players on the Rams. Given that he’s a punter shows just how bad things were at times during the end of the Jeff Fisher days.
With the Rams having one of the league’s least exciting offenses, Hekker saw plenty of action during the first five years of his NFL career since the unit was struggling to put up points.
How bad were things with the Rams? Well, Hekker combining for 194 punts from 2015 to 2016 to only 108 punts over the previous two seasons shows how much improvement the offense has seen since McVay took over as head coach in 2017.
Hekker may not be seeing as much action as he used to earlier on in his career, but football fans know how this is actually a good thing. The fewer punts there are, the more points are being put up.
Signing Hekker as an undrafted free agent back in 2012 turned out to be one of the best decisions by the organization. Looking at all of his accomplishments over the years, his four trips to the Pro Bowl in seven seasons rank near the top of the list.