The Los Angeles Rams Approved Veteran kicker Brett Maher on Tuesday, two days after missing three significant kicks in Sunday’s 24-17 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The 33-year-old joined the Rams on August 30th after training camp. He was signed in the offseason to replace Matt Gay, who signed a four-year, $22.5 million contract with the Indianapolis Colts in free agency.
With the Rams, Maher went 17 for 23 on his field goal attempts. All of his misses came on kicks of 46 yards or longer. His final misses included a 53-yard attempt that hit the left upright in the first quarter, a wide-left 51-yard field goal attempt in the third quarter, and an errant extra point.
Rams head coach Sean McVay was blunt when asked about Maher’s future after the game:
“We’ll look at it and we’ll see.” McVay said. “He has to get better. The seven points we missed were crucial and crucial to the momentum of the game and the type of game it was.”
Maher’s two other recent miscues over 50 yards came in a Week 4 win against the Colts. His errors against the Colts and Steelers all occurred in covered stadiums without the influence of wind.
The five-year veteran landed with the Rams a day after being released by the Denver Broncos, but is best known for his third stint in Dallas. Maher made headlines last season when he missed four extra-point attempts in an NFC wild-card playoff game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. This outing made him the first player in NFL history to miss that many attempts.
Los Angeles signed Former Colts kicker Lucas Havrisik has been signed off the Cleveland Browns’ practice squad after officially parting ways with Maher. The 24-year-old Havrisik already knows some of his new team members, like him played for Rams assistant special teams coach Jeremy Springer during their time together at the University of Arizona.