Looks like LA Rams kicking around idea of another training camp P

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How many punters will the LA Rams roster this year? If you said more than one, then you are probably wrong. But right now, the LA Rams have two punters competing for that one roster spot, and it appears that they are kicking around the idea of a third punter.  That’s correct, much like the Mother Goose nursery rhyme entitled Goldilocks and the Three Bears, the LA Rams may have discovered that the team needs a third option on the roster to be just right. Huh?

If the truth is told, the LA Ram’s current set of punters each had question marks. Veteran Riley Dixon is the NFL veteran who fills the failsafe option for the Rams. While he may not threaten to put up a Pro Bowl season, he knows the role and can perform at an NFL level.

Rookie punter Cameron Dicker could put up huge numbers, even as a punter, but his dual role in college as both punter and placekicker has negated the opportunity to gain valuable experience that is vital for an NFL punter. Namely, he has no background in receiving the long snap and putting the football down in time for placekicker Matt Gay to boot it through the uprights.

This porridge is too hot. That porridge is too cold. So the LA Rams appear to be taking their queue and bringing in a third punter, hopefully, one that is just right.

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The LA Rams’ net for a new punter may be cast again, as word is that the team is giving a tryout to former Nevada punter Julian Diaz. Diaz is a name you might recognize as that mentioned as one of seven players who the LA Rams reportedly met with before the 2022 NFL Draft. Now the scenario is repeating, as First Round Management sports agent Austin Pfenninger reports on social media:

So is this a sign or just sound vetting by the LA Rams? Well, as Austin shared with me today:

"“They’re (LA Rams) flying him in today and he’ll be there for all of mini camp so he’ll get a multi-day tryout.”"

As we had shared previously, Diaz is a 6-foot-1 215-pound full-service punter who boasts a rather impressive body of work. His performance certainly warrants closer inspection. Per his senior stats, 50 punts resulted in just four touchbacks, 10 fair catches, 11 inside the 20-yard line, and 20 punts that traveled over 50+ yards. He did not have any punts blocked in his collegiate career. But what difference can Diaz make in a game?

"“Last year against Wyoming, I started off a little rough and then started getting warm and then I hit a 70-yarder and that kind of warmed me up,” Diaz said. “The last punt where I bounced it out at the 1-yard line, everybody was all hyped up and I got hyped up and ever since then punting has kind of changed for me. Punting is taken seriously now and I know when I get the opportunity, I can really make a difference.” – Julian Diaz as per Nevada Sports Net Chris Murray"

This young man has a strong leg, possesses a great attitude, and he now is getting a second opportunity to impress the LA Rams coaching staff and hopefully win a chance to compete for a roster spot. Too hot, too cold, just right? Perhaps. But the LA Rams are bringing the young man in for a second look.

That has to count for something, doesn’t it?

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