Even as the LA Rams have added so many players thoughout the 2021 NFL Draft who can come in and make an immediate contribution to the return and coverage units on special teams, the Rams added more players who can deliver in both areas. Perhaps one of the most intriguing players for that specialized role arrived after the draft ended, as the team signed up WR/KR/PR Jeremiah Haydel.
Jeremiah Haydel has been working hard to become one of the finalists in specific roles to earn a berth on the team. In fact, now that roster cuts will begin as early as August 17, the secret is to survive for another round, another preseason game. Even as players start to settle into their spots, there is a need to fend off challengers. If he puts up a scoring punt return for the Rams, he will be in the mix.
He was very productive in college at both wide receiver and punt returns. But that can be tough to duplicate for a new team, a new coaching staff, new teammates. Still, preseason opens new possibilities.
Haydel is 6-foot-0 and 170-pounds. He runs a 4.83-second 40-yard dash. But he knows how to make the most of his special team blockers. He has a shot as a practice squad insurance policy for special teams. say a 10 percent shot.