3 teams claim LA Rams DE Jonah Williams, a member of unique 2020 UDFA class

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After the LA Rams completed their selection of rookies from the 2020 NFL Draft, the team signed up four additional undrafted free agent rookies to augment the team’s defensive line room.  They would be coached up by LA Rams defensive line coach Eric Henderson and would have the chance to work alongside such NFL veterans like Aaron Donald, Michael Brockers, Sebastian Joseph Day, Greg Gaines, and A’Shawn Robinson. The LA Rams signed, in no particular order, Michael Hoecht, Sam Renner, Jonah Williams, and Eric Banks.

Smart move on their parts.

If you have the good fortune to be coached by LA Rams defensive line coaching staff, you apparently will have good fortune in the NFL. At least, that is the experience of recently released Rams defensive end Jonah Williams. He is a player who until this week had been on the team’s 53-man roster. The team needed an open roster spot, subsequently requiring the team to release a player.

There is little question that the team would have re-signed Williams to the practice squad if he had cleared waivers. Unfortunately, he didn’t clear waivers.

Unfortunately for the Vikings, he didn’t clear their physical and medical exam and was immediately waived once more. The examination determined a previously undiagnosed hernia, a condition which may or may not be overlooked by a team interested in signing the defensive lineman.

The 6-foot-5 275-pound Williams was a rotational defensive lineman for the LA Rams and had seen action in a defensive rotation in each of the Rams’ first eight games. He was slowly increasing his workload and had recorded five tackles so far this season on just 96 defensive snaps.

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As soon as he hit the LA Rams waiver wire, reports indicate that the Minnesota Vikings, the Los Angeles Chargers, and the Arizona Cardinals all placed a claim for him. Since the Minnesota Vikings have the worse record of the three teams, he was awarded to them. Now, diagnosed with a hernia, he may nor may not be picked up by another team.