The Los Angeles Rams have signed P Brock Miller.
Miller has bounced around the NFL on the practice squads of the San Francisco 49ers and New York Giants since going undrafted after finishing his collegiate career with the Southern Utah Thunderbirds in 2013.
Miller has found work around the NFL as a left-footed punter that can give teams a chance to work on fielding punts from a left-footer if they employ a right-footed punter as the Rams do in P Johnny Hekker.
While it’s a short-term signing, Miller likely knows what he’s being brought in for. So there’s a professionalism here in knowing he’s a short-term addition but being willing to do so in the background. As this profile on him from October 2017 notes:
He works at his father’s startup, cataloging data for a company that provides up-to-date high school game scores and rosters. Miller spends any possible downtime practicing on his own.
That isn’t uncommon for free agent punters and kickers. Others like him have found jobs driving for ridesharing companies, waiting tables or even working valet services to pay for expenses.
“You can’t just wait by the phone seven days a week and go to the park and kick balls and just hope somebody calls you,” Miller said. So, after graduating from SUU in spring 2014, he became a personal trainer to fit a flexible workload that provided income.
“That’s a really common struggle with guys that are just saying, ‘I think I have an opportunity and I think I can do this one day, but I just don’t have the support right now. I need to hang it up just so I can afford rent or do whatever.’”
Here’s hoping his time with the Rams leads to a gig down the line.