The Los Angeles Rams seem to have decided on who their kicker will be for this week against the Washington Commanders, and perceivably the rest of the season, when they terminated veteran kicker Mason Crosby’s practice squad contract on Tuesday. This move coincides with a good performance by kicker Lucas Havrisik this past Sunday against the Ravens in bad weather conditions.
LA Rams Transactions:— Los Angeles Rams (@RamsNFL) December 12, 2023
• Reserve/Injured TE Hunter Long, LS Alex Ward
• Free Agent Signing LS Carson Tinker
• Terminated (by Club) from Practice Squad K Mason Crosby
Crosby was signed to the team’s practice squad just six days ago, and was even called up to the active roster ahead of the Baltimore game. However, hours before the game, the Rams surprisingly deactivated Crosby, opting instead to continue with the previously struggling Havrisik.
To his credit, Havrisik was great on Sunday, making all three of his field goal attempts in a very rainy M&T Bank stadium, including kicks of 51-yards and 46-yards. He also made a crucial 36-yard, game-tying field goal that sent the game into overtime, as well as all of his extra point attempts.
After his performance, the Rams seem more confident in trying to grow their young kicker, and potentially finding a long-term answer to their special teams problems, rather than giving the 16-year veteran Crosby a shot. While it’s a bit of a surprise, if Havrisik can find some real consistency in his accuracy, he has the leg strength to place him right up there with the best of them.
LA will need to get their special teams figured out as they head to Washington on Sunday. They are currently in the thick of the NFC playoff race at 6-7, and in eighth place behind Green Bay, who is also 6-7 but currently holds the tie breaker. Every game from here on out is a must win for LA if they hope to sneak into the final seven teams, and finding a stable kicking game would be a massive help to their chances.