Did the LA Rams just call up a diamond-in-the-rough RB?
By Bret Stuter
The LA Rams transaction page reports that the LA Rams are calling up defensive back Tyler Hall and running back Buddy Howell for the Week 3 matchup at SoFi Stadium matchup when the Rams host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The organization has been incredibly active so far, calling up the maximum number of players (two) from the practice squad each week. The team had already exhausted the annual limit to OLB Justin Lawler last week. This week, the Rams will have used up Tyler Hall’s annual allotment.
Calling up a couple of young men from the practice squad may not seem significant to many readers, but this could be the exception to the rule. The Rams are rather short-staffed at running back. Perhaps Buddy Howell can help in that area? Here’s why:
The Rams activated DB Tyler Hall for the second time this year. In the first game of the season, Hall was exclusively used on coverage units on special teams. He didn’t make any tackles against the Bears, but he’s back on the game roster to face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and try again. It’s pretty standard stuff.
Tyler Hall was waived by the Atlanta Falcons earlier in the year, and the LA Rams claimed him as he was a special teams specialist who played for LA Rams defensive coordinator Raheem Morris in 2020.
Special teams’ play seems to be the recurring theme this year.
Right now, the Rams are fairly solid at defensive backs, but that makes this the perfect occasion to call up other players and give them NFL game auditions on special teams and in limited defensive snap scenarios.