July 27, 2012; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Rams kicker Greg Zuerlein (4) looks on during training camp at ContinuityX Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-US PRESSWIRE
The St. Louis Rams afternoon scrimmage turned into a leg show. No, there was no burlesque scene on the field for the Fan Fest, but rookie kicker Greg Zuerlein put on a super human display of kicking inside the Dome on Saturday.
Greg Zuerlein IS NOT HUMAN!!!!!! The kid has a MONSTER leg. Wow! 60 yards with room to spare.— Daniel Doelling (@Daniel_Doelling) August 4, 2012
Greg the Leg Zuerlein puts a charge in the crowd by drilling a 60 yard field goal. Had the leg on a 64, but wide left.— RamsHerd (@RamsHerd) August 4, 2012
Wow. The Rams raised a few eyebrows when they selected Zuerlein with the first pick of the sixth round, and sent Josh Brown packing hours later.
Zuerlein played college ball at the University of Nebraska Omaha, where there might not be much more to do than practice. Division II or not, his leg led the country last year with 2.30 field goals per game. His named is etched in the NCAA record book for booting 21 consecutive field goals last year and a perfect 9-for-9 from 50 yards or more.
Kicking with the lights on is a slightly different matter with crowd noise drowning out the world around and more at stake than a practice scrimmage. Zuerlein obviously has the talent. If he can be cool under fire, the Rams will have a secret weapon in their quiver when the season starts, making it much easier to at least something on trips to the red zone. Factor in what should be a tough defense, and the Rams can scratch out a few close ones.