3 reasons why LA Rams make right call by going with K Forbath

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LA Rams Kai Forbath
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The LA Rams choose Forbath over Sloman. Here are 3 reasons why it’s the right call

The LA Rams had to know that replacing an NFL kicker, particularly one with the reputation of Greg Zuerlein, would be a difficult task this offseason. And it was. But that task was even more complicated without the benefit of organized team activities (OTAs), a routing training camp, preseason games, and a lot of kicking in the process. That’s not how the 2020 NFL season panned out.

Instead, the LA Rams signed ex-CFL Alex MacGinnis, Lirim Hajrullahu, and drafted Sam Sloman. Three contestants for one position.  In two scrimmage games, the competition was a virtual dead heat between MacGinnis and Hajrullahu, with Sam Sloman a distant third place.  And yet, in some backroom meetings, the team selected Sloman to be the kicker for 2020.

Time for a Kai change

Here at Ramblin Fan? We had reservations. The rookie-out-of-nowhere scenario to get the kicker job had been done before by the Detroit Lions and ended with disaster.  And the parallel storyline between the Lions then and the Rams now were frighteningly similar. It was just too cloak-and-dagger for our liking. The worst of three to the public is suddenly the best-of-three in private competition?

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While that mystery tries to work out in your mind, let’s skip ahead to the very predictable ending:

And with that news, the LA Rams are now in the hands of veteran journeyman kicker Kai Forbath. But is this as much of a risk as you may think? Not likely. Forbath is a well-traveled booter who has been through the highs and lows of NFL kicking. Unfortunately for both the Rams and Sloman, that is a journey that Sloman is just not beginning.