Setting realistic expectations
In order to create a roster spot out of thin air, the LA Rams will need to waive a player, with the hope/intent of signing him onto the practice squad. For the first occasion, the LA Rams will not need to make a corresponding move on the practice squad. The first player to be activated will almost certainly be Ogbonnia Okoronkwo.
I expect that the first player considered for the waiver wire with the intent to eventually sign on the practice squad is Travin Howard. While he is certainly a capable player, he simply has not seen any action on defense yet. The Rams’ current complement of Kenny Young, Troy Reeder, and Ernest Jones have gotten all of the defensive snaps.
With the team’s loss of Micah Kiser signed off the practice squad, the Rams could theoretically pack Howard there for the time being.
Of course, if the Rams wish to take another route, the team has not been working either Tyler Hall or J.R. Reed much in terms of defensive snaps. Both are solid players, but J.R. Reed did rise from the Rams practice squad in 2020. Tyler Hall was a late addition for the team, a defensive back who specializes in special teams’ work. He could be the more logical choice.
But if the Rams need to create an additional spot for Tremayne Anchrum, who goes?
That is likely why the Rams are not in any hurry to make a move just yet. While the Rams have been dealing with series of injuries with all manner of implications and recovery times, the injuries have remained concentrated so far on running backs and outside linebackers.
By the end of Week 5, that could change, which will require rethinking the plan for reinstating offensive lineman Tremayne Anchrum.
The Rams have 21 days to sort this all out. Time for the Rams personnel department to get crack a’lackin’