As ESPN.com reminded readers, the day after the 2015 NFL season came to a close, HC Jeff Fisher wasted no time in making it clear that his team would be on the lookout for competition at kicker. Fisher's proclamation came after Zuerlein finished the season with the lowest field goal conversion rate among regular kickers and had a game-winning 48-yard field goal attempt blocked. Zuerlein was something of a sensation in his rookie season, earning nicknames like "Greg the Leg" and "Legatron" for his prodigious field goals. He still boasts one of the league's strongest legs but his accuracy, especially from long distance, has waned since those early days of his career. Among the 37 kickers who attempted a field goal in 2015, Zuerlein ranked 35th in the league in field goal percentage as he converted 20 of 30 for the season. Zuerlein was also 26 of 28 on extra points. Adding to the woes, the Rams don't boast an overwhelming offense. Take a wait-and-see approach after the season begins.
Greg Zuerlein 2015 Outlook
According to ESPN.com’s Nick Wagoner, Zuerlein could use a consistent season after struggling at times on grass in 2014. Zuerlein is set to be an unrestricted free agent after the season so the Rams will need to figure out if he’s their guy for the long haul. As for the longer PATs? Zuerlein may have had struggles in his career on grass but with the advantage of eight home games in the Edward Jones Dome and his own consistency inside 40 yards, Zuerlein should be just fine when the Rams opt to attempt extra points in 2015. Since entering the league in 2012, Zuerlein has attempted six field goals from 32 or 33 yards away. He’s made all of them. Taking it a step further, Zuerlein has attempted 48 field goals from 39 yards during his three seasons and he’s converted 43 of them. All five of his misses inside 40 yards have come on grass. The bigger issue than playing surface? Will the Rams’ offense be effective enough to make Zuerlein more than a daily game value play? That’s debatable.