5 Rams tumbling down depth charts during the preseason

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LA Rams News Rams Roster Donte Deayon
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Defensive back

The first depth chart positioned defensive back Donte Deayon as the backup to Darious Williams. Since that time, we’ve seen some pretty solid plays from David Long Jr. and Kareem Orr. Meanwhile, the Rams have rookie Robert Rochell recovering from a wrist injury. With the younger guys’ progress, Deayon is facing some stiff competition.

Of course, you may recall Donte Deayon as the flamboyant star of the LA Rams episodes of the 2020 HBO Hard Knocks series. Despite showing a made-for-television personality and what appeared to be a decent enough training camp, Deayon did not make the team’s 53-man roster and was one of a number of players waived from the team.

Of course, he was re-signed to the team’s practice squad. He was even elevated to the team’s active roster when the LA Rams took on the Green Bay Packers in the Divisional Round of the NFL Playoffs. That game ended as a loss, and the defensive was uncharacteristically not as resilient as in previous 2020 contests. Still, it should have been a springboard for Deayon’s 2021 season, right?

Well then, what happened? 2021 arrived and so far? Nada. Zippity doo dah. He has not been heard from in preseason games. And few reports out of training camp mention him. In fact, both Brontae Harris and Kareem Orr have been getting lots of positive press. Deayon could be, should have been, that guy headlining after the preseason games. Unfortunately, he isn’t.