The St. Louis Rams overhauled their kicking game in 2012, parting ways with veteran kicker Josh Brown and punter Donnie Jones in favor of seventh-round kicker Greg Zuerlein and undrafted punter Johnny Hekker. The duo had a successful rookie season, combining to win three NFC Special Teams Player of the Week awards.
Along with long-snapper Jake McQuaide, a 2011 undrafted free agent who signed a four-year contract extension on Monday, the Rams appear set for years to come at the three specialist positions. Hekker, Zuerlein and McQuaide spent a little time this offseason with the guys from Dude Perfect and put together a trick shot video, which was posted to YouTube on Monday.
Viewers don't have to get too far into the clip to be impressed. Less than a minute into the video, Hekker punts a ball from a roof into a kiddie pool placed on a practice field 75 yards away. Hekker, a former high school quarterback who completed all three of his pass attempts for 42 yards and a touchdown last season, followed up that trick by throwing a ball 75 yards into the same pool.
Hekker also punted a ball over the back of his head and into a basketball hoop, a neat trick that may also serve as a reminder that Hekker once had a negative-four-yard punt in a game in college.
Zuerlein, nicknamed "The Leg", averaged 67.1 yards on kickoffs and got in on the trick shot action by kicking off a ball 60 yards into a basketball hoop.
In the ultra-competitive NFC West, we'll be on the lookout for response videos from the Arizona Cardinals, San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks. In the meantime, enjoy the video below.
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