LA Rams News: OLB Terrell Lewis active, waived DT Banks

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LA Rams News: OLB Terrell Lewis active, waived DT Banks. The team likely will re-sign Banks to practice squad

The good news now is that the LA Rams will be activating rookie outside linebacker Terrell Lewis to the active roster. The bad news is that the teams must free up a roster spot. That’s pretty tough, particularly at a time when it appears as though 20 NFL teams are desperate to sign any NFL players off of the waiver list.

But that is what the LA Rams now face.  One out for one in. That is the cost of restoring Lewis to playing status. So who was dismissed? For now, it’s defensive tackle, Eric Banks.  That report was released the day before the Rams face the Washington Football Team for their game on week five.

While the two players are involved in different roles on the defense, the waiving of Banks was logical.

Lewis big OLB

Rookie outside linebacker Terrell Lewis is a big defender. So big, in fact, that when he was drafted some players expected him to assume a defensive end role. He stands all of 6-foot-5 and weighs 262-pounds. His wingspan is documented at 83-inches, an incredible length for a player who will spend much of his football time chasing quarterbacks. For now, the Rams are excited to get him onto the football field and see what he can do to add pressure on the quarterback.

He takes over for undrafted free agent rookie defensive lineman Eric Banks.  Banks himself is 6-foot-4 and 270-pounds. Despite being on the active-53 man roster, Banks had not had any action on either defense or on special teams. The fact that he was on the 53-man roster would give the conclusion that the Rams will try to sign him to their practice squad if and when he clears waivers.

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Now that Lewis is active, what can we expect from him?  Ah.. we will have that for you soon.