LA Rams front office scrambles to add 9 to Rams roster

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Rams secondary is the primary need

Okay, so let’s get to the hear of the new signings, the LA Rams secondary. So far, the team has signed Greg Stroman, Damarious Randall, and Delrick Abrams. So the obvious question is: Who are they? Should any be excited about them this late in the season?

Greg Stroman was drafted by the Washington Football Team with the 241st pick of the 2018 NFL Draft. Despite the late selection, he was a rookie who started three games for Washington’s defense. Standing 6-foot-0 and weighing 182 pounds, he has all of the natural ability to defend passes in the air. In his rookie season, he allowed just 28 of 44 targets to find their mark. He had four pass deflections, one interception, one forced fumble, and one fumble recovery. He even had 38 tackles and one QB hit.

Stroman’s draft profile cited his 4.48-sec 40-yard dash speed and natural ball defense instincts as reasons to add him to an NFL roster. But the concerns over his durability in the NFL were founded, as he has only seen action in five games since his rookie season. He battled injuries in both 2020 and in 2021 but was healthy enough to be signed by the Rams. If he can stay healthy, he could be someone to keep a close eye on.

Rams roster signs Randall

Damarious Randall is a speedy and versatile defensive back who has the chops to play virtually any position in the Rams’ secondary and do so with an expectation of playing well. While standing 5-foot-11 and weighing 196-pounds, his 4.46-second 40-time is enough to raise an eyebrow. He was the 29th player picked in the 2015 NFL Draft by the Green Bay Packers but did not deliver at the expectations of a first-rounder.

Over the past six seasons, Randall has played in 75 games and has earned 56 career starts. His best work occurred in 2018-19 with the Cleveland Browns, where he filled a safety role. Most recently, he signed on with the Seattle Seahawks but was cut before the season started. In his career, he has 14 interceptions, 293 tackles, 2.5 quarterback sacks, two fumble recoveries, and two pick-sixes. I really like this pickup, even in the late-season addition. Randall is versatile, experienced, and has a solid body of work.

Another very intriguing defensive back added to the team’s practice squad secondary is the 6-foot-3 185-pound defensive back, Delrick Abrams. He signed on with the Atlanta Falcons after the 2020 NFL Draft from the University of Colorado. While he was seldom used, he has the type of height for a defensive back that is on every defensive coordinator’s wish list.

He must have made an impression on LA Rams defensive coordinator Raheem Morris in 2020 because the Rams brought him in to play for Morris this year. He has the type of speed the Rams seem to like, running a 4.5-second 40 on his pro day.

Three defensive backs added, now onto the offense.