LA Rams signs Brooks to 53-man, Williams to PS
Getting the band back together
When the LA Rams waived defensive lineman Jonah Williams, the plan was clearly to sign him up to their practice squad. Well, three NFL teams had other ideas, as the Minnesota Vikings, Los Angeles Chargers, and Arizona Cardinals all submitted a claim for the talented defensive lineman. Due to NFL rules, the NFL honored the Vikings claim.
Unfortunately for both the Vikings and Jonah Williams, he failed his physical. A minor sports hernia was detected, and that was enough for the Vikings to disqualify Willams and return him to the waiver wire. Once more, he was subject to being claimed by NFL teams, but this time he cleared and was available to sign with any team.
Welcome back to the Rams roster
A long detour, but he is back with the Rams now, as per the original plan all along. Getting Williams back is a solid positive for the Rams. in just 96 defensive snaps, the first-year player had already racked up five tackles for the defense. His return to the team’s practice squad is of particular importance as the Rams defensive line is down to just five players with the assignment of Sebastian Joseph Day to injured reserve.
Williams is a 6-foot-5 275-pound defensive lineman who signed on with the LA Rams after the 2020 NFL Draft. He is one of several such players, a group that included defensive lineman Michael Hoecht as well. He hails from a small school, Weber State, where he was a late-bloomer, listed as 6-foot-3 and 230-pounds as late as his junior season. But he grew up and filled out. He blazes at a 4.65-second 40-yard dash and pumps 30-reps at 225-pounds.
Big and fast, Williams clearly has a promising NFL career ahead of him. Thankfully, it appears that career will continue with the LA Rams.