The search for Austin MacGinnis’ permanent NFL home continues.
After losing out on the starting kicking job, the Los Angeles Rams officially waived the former Wildcat on Friday afternoon ahead of Saturday’s 53-man roster deadline.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter was the first to break the news, with MacGinnis being one of 17 Rams players waived on Friday.
Hard Knocks spoiler alert: Rams have waived the following players: pic.twitter.com/Hp0ZMqgqyf
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 4, 2020
Prior to being waived, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic was the first to report that the Rams officially decided to go with rookie kicker Sam Sloman, who the team chose in the seventh round of the NFL Draft back in April.
This comes after MacGinnis had better numbers than Sloman and Lirim Hajrullahu – who was also waived Friday – throughout the Rams’ scrimmages and training camp.
I would say the second scrimmage offered the most game-like feel, but they also didn’t have their holder.
— Jourdan Rodrigue (@JourdanRodrigue) September 4, 2020
MacGinnis, Kentucky football’s all-time leading scorer, most recently played for the Dallas Renegades in the XFL, where he went a perfect 10-for-10 before his debut season was cut short due to the coronavirus. He was one of just two XFL kickers without a miss prior to the shutdown.
In his time in Lexington, MacGinnis finished with 359 total points from 2014-17, including two game-winning field goal attempts against Mississippi State (2016) and Louisville (2016).
No reason MacGinnis shouldn’t be on an active NFL roster. Zero.