Is former Texas K Cameron Dicker a lock to make Rams’ roster?

Cameron Dicker, Texas Football
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One of the more notable undrafted free agent signings among former Texas football players following the 2022 NFL Draft was the former senior kicker/punter Cameron Dicker. A four-year starter at kicker that ranks among the all-time leading scorers in Texas program history, Dicker was able to sign as an undrafted free agent with the Los Angeles Rams.

Dicker was one of the early undrafted free agent signings for the Rams. He is also the only special teams signing/draft pick for the Rams so far. The Rams have not signed and/or drafted a single other kicker, punter, etc. outside of Dicker.

Does this mean that Dicker will have a clear path to making the roster for the Rams this offseason?

You would certainly think that Dicker has an excellent shot at making the Rams roster, despite being an undrafted free agent signing, given the lack of other special teams additions throughout this draft process. But there will be one major hurdle before we can confidently say that Dicker will have a great shot to make this roster out of Rookie and Training Camp this year.

Texas football K/P Cameron Dicker has a tremendous shot to make the Rams’ roster this year

If Dicker wants to make the Rams’ roster as a place kicker, he will have to prove that he can add value for this team despite having a Pro Bowl coming back in 2022 in Matt Gay. Last season, Gay was one of the best place kickers in the NFL for the defending Super Bowl Champion Rams.

Gay ranked second in the NFL last season with a field goal percentage north of 94. That is going to be difficult for Dicker to compete with.

But it’s not unheard of for a team to carry two place kickers.

Yet, the path for Dicker to make the Rams’ roster should stem from the value he brings to the table as a solid place kicker and punter. Dicker could really prove his value for the Rams this offseason as a punter that can also serve as a backup place kicker.

The Rams don’t have a great punting situation right now with Riley Dixon ranking around the middle of the pack in terms of yards per punt (just shy of 44.5 last season). Dixon also has tied for the lead in the NFL in two of the last four seasons in terms of blocked punts. That’s not something you want out of your starting punter.

And considering the fact that Dicker ranked in the top three in the Big last season, averaging just shy of 47 yards per punt, it looks like he could compete with Dixon to potentially take on the starting duties at some point in the next couple of years.

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The versatility and proven production that Dicker brings to the table as both a place kicker and a punter from his four years at Texas I believe will be what separates him and gets him on the Rams’ roster for this coming season.