The LA Rams were pretty quick to end the punter competition, releasing punter/kicker Cameron Dicker from the Rams roster early in the preseason. The thought was to put him back into the NFL free agent market, give him the opportunity to sign on with another NFL team, and allow him to compete for a roster spot elsewhere.
Well, he landed on the Baltimore Ravens roster, and he did well enough to have Ravens fans talking. The Ravens were the team that drafted out of the noteworthy punters in the 2022 NFL Draft, selecting Penn State punter Jordan Stout in the fourth round. While Stout had done enough to win the team’s punting duties, that did not stop them from claiming Rams punter/kicker Cameron Dicker off waivers.
Now, Dicker may be in the process of being groomed to take over for legendary Ravens kicker Justin Tucker.
Dicker pushing for Ravens practice squad
In his lone appearance for the Ravens, Dicker was flawless. He kicked one 38-yard field goal and two extra points, never missing. He also punted six times for 283 yards, averaging 47.2 yards per punt. Washington returned four punts for 42 yards. Net punting? 40.3 yards per punt.
That likely won’t get Dicker a roster spot, but the Ravens are playing the long game. I would be surprised if Dicker does not end up on the Baltimore Ravens practice squad. After all, the Ravens are aware that longtime veteran kicker Justin Tucker is advancing in years. With Dicker’s ability to come in as either the kicker or punter for special team duties, he makes an ideal practice squad player for an NFL team.
Would the Rams have benefitted from Dicker on their practice squad? Of course. Although a veteran, Riley Dixon is a bit of an unknown entity this season. And with the Rams aiming at another Super Bowl run, you’d like to believe that the team is leaving nothing to chance.