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LA Rams roster move II:

The second player activated to see action against the Houston Texans is one of the defensive backs, Tyler Hall. Hall was claimed off the Falcons’ waiver wire by the LA Rams in August 2021. He previously played for Raheem Morris when Morris was the interim head coach of the Atlanta Falcons in 2020.

Hall is a savant of NFL special teams, a truly eccentric defender that will race downfield and hurl himself at the kick-or-punt returner with solid force to stop all forward-progress dead in its tracks. His reckless style allowed him to pile up six tackles for the Atlanta Falcons in 2020. So far, he has yet to record a tackle for the Rams in 24 special teams snaps.

It seems unlikely that Hall will take the field with the Rams defense, but should he do so, he will likely be assigned to handle the slot receiver. Hall is 5-foot-10 and weighs 190-pounds, limiting his effectiveness with the larger and more physical outside receivers in the NFL today.

But even with special teams, Hall can be a play-maker. It’s very clear that the Rams are manufacturing a lot of tweaks to the roster in advance of the NFL Trade Deadline on November 2nd. Hall can help the Rams find what the team is looking for by showing up big when he has the opportunity to do so.

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The Rams have certainly made a number of roster moves this week. Some were intriguing. Some were downright puzzling. And some were unsexy but incredibly wise. At the end of the day, the Rams have a full 53-man roster.

Now the question becomes how long will it take for the Rams to address the two vacancies on the team’s practice squad?