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2018 Los Angeles Rams Roster Preview: Special teams unit preview

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Time to preview the roster units. First up? Special teams.

Los Angeles Rams K Greg Zuerlein and P Johnny Hekker celebrate after scoring a field goal against the Houston Texans in Week 10, November 12, 2017.
Los Angeles Rams K Greg Zuerlein and P Johnny Hekker celebrate after scoring a field goal against the Houston Texans in Week 10, November 12, 2017.
Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images
K Greg Zuerlein: 10/10 chance to make the final roster
P Johnny Hekker: 10/10
LS Jake McQuaide: USA/10
K Sam Ficken: 0.3/10

We usually start the position roster previews for the Los Angeles Rams with special teams because there’s so little to consider. There aren’t backups. There aren’t position battles.

You’ve got starters, a camp leg and then, if things require health-injected personnel changes as they did last year, you cross that bridge when you get to it.

Roster Battle

No.

And we’re not really nearing a decision point. McQuaide (AMERICAN HERO) re-upped this offseason for another three years. GZ signed a contract extension last year that ends after next season. Hekker also inked up a year ago, though he’s good through 2022.

The real question is Zuerlein. He struggled in 2015. His season ended due to injury last year. Can he come back from injury true to form? If so, he’ll go into 2019 looking for a banner deal. Rams fans should be hoping for as much.

And if that’s what goes down in 2018 along with the coverage teams and pursuit teams, the Rams yet again under Special Teams Coordinator John Fassel will have one of the best if not the best special teams units in the entire NFL.