Sep 11, 2011; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew (32) runs with the ball past Tennessee Titans defensive end William Hayes (95) during a game at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Fernando Medina-US PRESSWIRE

Rams Sign DE William Hayes

The Rams have added another defensive end to the roster, and in the process they have reunited head coach Jeff Fisher with another former player. According to Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean, the team has agreed to a deal with William Hayes. Hayes played with the Titans under Fisher after being drafted in the fourth round of the 2008 draft, and he had his best season in 2009, starting 11 games and totaling four sacks. He suffered some injury setbacks last season, but he did his best work under Fisher and a reunion could be exactly what he needs to get back on track.

Hayes isn’t going to win any sack titles, but he does have a good reputation for being stout against the run. With there being a hole on the roster after the release of James Hall, Hayes looks like a very nice fit. Chris Long will continue to man one end position, and Robert Quinn will look to take a step forward this season after a rookie campaign that saw him look very impressive at times. Quinn still needs to develop against the run, so Hayes could take some snaps in running downs to allow Quinn to focus on rushing the passer. I like the signing, as Hayes gives the Rams depth and yet another veteran who is familiar with the Fisher scheme.

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Tags: Chris Long Defensive End James Hall Jeff Fisher Jim Wyatt Robert Quinn St. Louis Rams Tennessee Titans The Tennessean William Hayes

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