Sam Ficken is getting another NFL shot.
The former Penn State placekicker signed with the Los Angeles Rams on Wednesday night, according to a report by ESPN’s Adam Schefter. The Rams later confirmed that they placed Greg Zuerlein — a.k.a “Legatron” — on injured reserve and brought in Ficken.
Ficken, who kicked for the Nittany Lions from 2011-14, hit 54 of 75 career field goals. He connected on 24 of 29 as a senior, including a Croke Park Classic game-winner and tying field goal at the Pinstripe Bowl. He later booted the game-winning extra point to beat Boston College in Penn State’s first bowl post-NCAA sanctions.
Ficken — who hasn’t attempted a regular-season NFL field goal — latched on with the Kansas City Chiefs in the 2017 preseason, but was cut a month later. The Indiana native and Penn State folk hero told the CDT back in October that he was keeping the NFL dream alive.
“I feel like ability-wise and talent-wise I’m right there. Without a doubt, I’m still leaving that door wide-open,” Ficken said. “Obviously every day you hope for a call.”
On Wednesday night, he got that call.
Ficken and the Rams (10-4) face the Titans on Sunday.