4 Rams who won’t make the 53-man roster in 2024

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IV - This kicker is back, but for how long?

When the team brought back placekicker Tanner Brown on a Reserve/Future contract, the team wanted to be sure to have a kicker on the roster just in case they couldn't come to terms with one in the offseason. The team did not sign one in free agency. Is there cause for concern?

Some fans have gone a bit overboard on the topic of finding a kicker. One mock draft from a fan posted on social media had the team drafting 11 kickers. Okay, point taken. But the Rams are not going to draft a kicker until Day 3, and even then there are no guarantees. But I do believe that the Rams will draft someone, and that someone will win the job in competition over the course of training camp.

The Rams have already modified the job of a typical NFL placekicker. Kicking off from the tee has been assigned to punter Ethan Evans. That should have allowed the Rams to focus on a field goal kicker who had some power but was accurate. Despite cycling through four kickers in 2023, that ideal kicker was never discovered.

And so, the team has circled back to one of their original rookie kickers for 2024. (Christopher Dunn was the other rookie kicker). Ideally, the second season for an NFL kicker is far better than his first season (i.e. Matt Gay was incredible for the Rams in his second NFL season). But Tanner Brown did not benefit from a year of kicking. Instead, he was released before the season started. I expect that will play a part in the kicker competition this season as well.