Rams sign kicker Kai Forbath as rookie Samuel Sloman misfires – Press Enterprise

Rams sign kicker Kai Forbath as rookie Samuel Sloman misfires – Press Enterprise

The Rams announced Tuesday they have signed former UCLA kicker Kai Forbath after seeing rookie Samuel Sloman continue to struggle.

Forbath, who attended Notre Dame High in Sherman Oaks, was signed off the Chicago Bears’ practice squad and joined the Rams’ 53-man active roster.

Sloman remains with the team, and Forbath takes the roster spot open after linebacker Ogbonnia Okoronkwo was placed on injured reserve with an elbow sprain that’s expected to sideline him at least four weeks.

Sloman, a seventh-round draft pick from Miami (Ohio), missed an extra-point attempt for the third time in 18 tries this season when a kick was blocked in the Rams’ 24-16 loss to the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday.

Sloman, 23, has been on target in 7 of 9 field goal attempts (77.8%), making kicks as long as 42 yards but missing twice from 53. None of his missed kicks has directly cost the Rams a game. But it has felt like a matter of time.

Forbath, 33, has made 131 of 151 field goal attempts (86.8%) in eight seasons with six NFL teams. That including all 11 last year with the New England Patriots and Dallas Cowboys. He was waived by the Patriots in December, a day after he missed an extra point in a loss to Houston.

Coincidentally, Forbath was beaten out for the Cowboys’ kicking job in training camp this year by Greg Zuerlein, the former Ram who signed with Dallas as a free agent.

The coaches had been outwardly patient with Sloman since choosing him as the team’s kicker following a training-camp competition against free agents Lirim Hajrullahu (formerly of the CFL) and Austin MacGinnis (AAF, XFL).

But coach Sean McVay was blunt with criticism Monday, the day after Sloman made a 42-yard field goal but had one of his two PAT attempts blocked against the 49ers. Also in that game, Sloman messed up a kickoff after a touchdown cut the 49ers’ lead to eight points in the fourth quarter. With the Niners lined up for an onside kick, he was supposed to try to pin them deep but instead booted the ball into the end zone for a touchback.

“That was not what we wanted. He’s got to improve,” McVay said.