While offensive linemen rattled a blocking sled and receivers made cuts and caught passes, Greg Zuerlein stood alone, shifting a football from one hand to the other.

"It's not as lonely as people think," he said when another Rams organized team activity dismissed Tuesday afternoon.

He might be out of the spotlight during spring practices, but Zuerlein, whose long bombs earned him a "Greg the Leg" nickname, is working. On a rarely used field at the Rams facility, the one with the artificial grass and perfect lines, Zuerlein has been honing his game quietly. He has specific results in mind for his second season.

"Be more consistent," he said. "I started out pretty well, then had a few rough games in the middle of the season. For me, personally, it was probably the worst year I ever had. I wasn't very happy with it."

Zuerlein, 25, was a sixth-round pick in 2012. He came from Missouri Western, a Division II school where he missed just once in 24 attempts. The Rams cut Josh Brown after Zuerlein was drafted, and the rookie stepped into the starting role.

He kicked every one of the Rams' 31 field goals, gaining a cult-like following for his willingness to attempt lengthy tries that, for others, would be out of range. Thirteen times — three more than any other NFL kicker — he attempted field goals of 50-plus yards. He made seven.