Zach Hocker will sign with the Rams on Saturday, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com reports.
The Rams' regular kicker, Greg Zuerlein, is considered questionable with a groin injury, so the addition of Hocker simply adds insurance in the event Zuerlein is held out. Hocker appeared in six games for the Saints before being waived on Oct. 19. He converted 9-of-13 field goals, including all three of his attempts within 30 yards.
Zach Hocker has been released by the Saints, CBS Sports' Jason La Confora reports.
Hocker becomes the NFL's latest kicker casualty, as his release comes after missing four of his 13 field goal attempts and sending an extra point awry as well. Most recently, Hocker went one-for-three on field goals Thursday against the Falcons, ultimately costing him a place on the Saints' roster.
New Orleans Saints kicker Zach Hocker made 2 of 3 field goal attempts and added two extra point conversions in Sunday's win against the Dallas Cowboys .
Hocker nailed both a long 51-yard field goal and a chip-shot 29-yard kick in third quarter, but most will likely remember his lone miss on the night - a short 30-yard attempt that would have won the Saints the game with only a few seconds left in regulation.
The Saints quickly made amends for Hocker's error when Drew Brees found C.J. Spiller for an 80-yard touchdown on the second play of overtime, but the miss was now Hocker's third of the season (two field goals and one extra point).
Still, Hocker is 7 of 9 on field goal tries this season, so he likely has some leeway, but he would be advised to make the most of his chances over the next few weeks.
After a game to forget in Week 2, in which he missed a field goal and had an extra point blocked, Hocker was successful on both his tries in Week 3. The solid showing may improve Hocker's job security, but the inexperienced kicker is hardly out of the woods yet.
Further, with the Saints' offense currently sputtering, Hocker is probably no better than a middling option among kickers.
Hocker successfully booted all four field goal attempts in the loss to Arizona. He hit from 37, 23, 43 and 33 yards out. The last two came in the fourth quarter.
He will try to keep up the good work when New Orleans plays Tampa Bay in Week 2.
|12||11/29/15||@ HOU||1:00 pm|
|14||12/13/15||@ TB||1:00 pm|
|17||1/3/16||@ ATL||1:00 pm|
|2015||New Orleans Saints||6||0-0||3-3||4-5||1-3||1-2||9-13||51||0||69.2||11-12||11||91.7|
|2015||New Orleans Saints||6||10||64.7||7||3||27.3||0||0||0|
|Year||Team||G||No.||Yds||Lg||Avg||Blk||I20||TB||Downed||No||Ret Yds||TD||Net Avg|
|2015||New Orleans Saints||6||1||43||43||43.0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||43.0|
|2015||New Orleans Saints||6||1||0.0||1||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
Women's New Orleans Saints Drew Brees Nike Black Game Jersey Shop Now!