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McVay reveals why Rams signed K Maher and Havrisik

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Los Angeles Rams rebound from 3-6 start to win six of last seven games. However, at least one chapter of an early season battle has been revised. Los Angeles announced Monday it will waive Lukas Havrisik, who missed two extra points and made nine 40-yard field goals on nine plays in a 26-25 victory over the New York Giants. Instead of Havrisik, the Rams decided to re-sign kicker Brett Maher, who was waived by Los Angeles after Week 7.

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Why the trade? Rams coach Sean McVay said his team’s playoff appearance Sunday played a big part in that situation. “Getting into the playoffs changes the conversation a little bit about what’s going to happen,” McVay said. “

So I wanted to bring someone with experience here. (Maher) is an experienced guy.September 10, 2023; Seattle, Washington, USA; Los Angeles Rams’ Brett Maher (8) scores in the second half at Lumen Field. Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports Another important factor is consistency. Havrisik missed at least one attempt, even from the field. Scored a field goal or extra point in 6 of 9 games.

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Before Week 17, McVay said he wasn’t considering trading Havrisik, but missing the extra point would be too much for the 24-year-old. There were some good things that Lucas did,” McVay said. “But I think it’s a general harmony.

There were some good things that Lucas did,” McVay said. “But I don’t think there’s enough consistency overall, especially in some of the sprint events where we expect high percentages and we don’t think that move it is in the best interest. of our players.

I felt it would work. Havrisik was 11-of-11 on field goals for 39 yards and 19-of-22 on extra points. Made 15 of 20 field goal attempts, or 75 percent.

In seven games earlier this season, Maher completed all seven of his attempts for 39 yards, seven of nine attempts from 40-49 yards and 12 of his 13 extra points. Maher’s problem came from longer shots. He completed just 3-of-7 50-yard attempts, dropping him to 23-of-17 (73.9%) for the season.

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So McVay went back to Maher, looking for consistency in his shortstop. If you look at what he’s been through in the past, we’ve asked him to make a lot of long goals,” McVay said. “

When you’re talking about field goals 50 yards and inside, he’s been very consistent.”McVay cited two other reasons. Maher, 34, has plenty of experience, and there haven’t been many free agent players better suited to what the Rams think they need.

“There were some good things that Lucas did,” McVay said. – But in general I think that just stability is not enough, especially in some sprint tests where we expect high percentages and I don’t think this step is the best. interest. Our players. I felt it would work.

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Gavrisik was 11 of 11 for 39 yards and 19 of 22 on extra points. Made 15 of 20 field goal attempts, or 75%. In seven games earlier this season, Maher completed seven attempts for 39 yards, seven of nine attempts from 40-49 yards and 12 of 13 extra points. Maher’s problems stemmed from the longer stroke.

He completed just 3-of-7 attempts for 50 yards, making him 17-of-23 (73.9%) this season. So McVay turned to Maher to find some consistency at shortstop. If you look at what he’s done in the past, I’ve asked him to make a lot of long goals,” McVay said. “

When you’re talking about field goals from 50 yards or so, he’s been very consistent.” McVeigh gave two other reasons. There aren’t many free agents who fit what the Rams feel they need, as Maher, 34, has a wealth of experience

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