LA Rams part ways with injured defensive back Dayan Lake

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The LA Rams continue to window dress their roster, as the team has made the decision to part once more with defensive back Dayan Lake.  If you are a bit confused, he also played by the name of Dayan Ghanwoloku with the Brigham Young University Cougars. This is the second time that the team has parted ways with Lake, and just two months after the team made a decision to re-sign him to the roster in June 2021. The move was confirmed as it appeared on the LA Rams official transaction page, and much like the report of waiving offensive lineman Jamil Demby yesterday cited that Dayan Lake was also injured.

The move creates an open slot in the team’s roster, and you can expect the team to fill that slot rather quickly in order to have a full contingency of players for the remainder of training camp. Lake was likely added to the team’s pool of defensive back talent when the need to have more defensive backs appeared through OTAs. Lake was signed as an undrafted free agent in 2020 and was one of the more promising players from that class.

He eventually was cut by the team last year but was brought back for another round of training camp. Unfortunately, this audition ended much the same way. While he was certainly still very much in football shape, but he struggled in coverage against some of the LA Rams’ new receivers (harbinger of things to come?)

This is the second such move by the LA Rams. Previously, the Rams re-signed Jeremiah Kolone to replace Demby. That would be what we expect the LA Rams to do with this transaction as well.

Recently waived cornerbacks who could be signed relatively quickly include former Tennessee Titans cornerback Quenton Meeks. Meeks is a 6-foot-1 209-pound defensive back veteran from Stanford University who has had light experience with the Jacksonville Jaguars (and links to ST Coordinator Joe DeCamillis). Another cornerback who is on the market is former Denver Broncos cornerback Saivion Smith. Smith is a solid 6-foot-0 200-pound cornerback out of Alabama University. He played for the Dallas Cowboys in 2020 and recorded modest stats.

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Of course, the Rams could go in a completely different direction, even bringing back Jamil Demby if he clears waivers. We’ll continue to monitor the situation.