Rams have nothing to lose signing Jachai Polite to practice squad

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After losing Dakota Allen to the Oakland Raiders, the Los Angeles Rams signed Jachai Polite to their practice squad this week.

Leading up to the 2019 NFL Draft in April, there was some interest by the Los Angeles Rams in former Florida Jachai Polite to help provide another weapon to work with on the defensive side of the football.

In fact, there was even some belief that Polite was worth considering for the Rams at No. 31 before the team eventually traded down, but the defender would eventually get selected in the third round by the New York Jets.

Unfortunately, Polite quickly became one of the biggest busts of training camp and preseason before the Jets decided to move on from the rookie before Week 1, which is rare for a player previously selected in the third round a few months before.

As a result of his release from the Jets, the Seattle Seahawks decided to give Polite a shot at the beginning of September by signing him to their practice squad, but once again at the beginning of this week, the defender was released by the team.

With all of this in mind, some questioned the decision by Los Angeles to sign Polite since if things failed to work out with the Jets and Seahawks, what makes them think things will be any different for the Rams?

First off, whether Polite’s work ethic or attitude is a concern or not, it should be noted that he’s only 21 years of age, meaning he’s young, and still has plenty of time to get back on the necessary track to become a top defender in the NFL.

When taking into consideration that Los Angeles previously brought Polite in for a visit leading up to the draft, this situation kind of worked out for both parties.

Of course, nothing is guaranteed when it comes to the NFL, and Polite could end up being released from his third team if the Rams decided they would be just fine without the rookie on the practice squad.

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Obviously, this isn’t the mindset that Los Angeles has at the moment since there hope is the addition of Polite turns out to be an absolute steal for the long run, but at least for now, this is a wise move since the Rams have nothing to lose.