LA Rams front office scrambles to add 9 to Rams roster

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More offensive linemen

Believe it or not, we had Oklahoma Sooner offensive tackle Adrian Ealy on our radar as a potential undrafted free agent signing  (UDFA) after the 2021 NFL Draft. He is a behemoth, standing 6-foot-6 and weighing in at 321 pounds. He is a natural offensive right tackle and is someone who is a big and fierce competitor on the line of scrimmage.

The young man signed with the Baltimore Ravens but was cut after a six-game suspension due to the use of PEDs (performance-enhancing drugs). He signed to the Denver Broncos for a short stint on their practice squad but did not earn playing time. He is likely a short-term roster fill, but he has some serious potential. Not only is he a big-bodied offensive tackle, but he hails from the same college as current offensive tackle Bobby Evans.

Rams finally sign Reiter

To say that the LA Rams had veteran center Austin Reiter on their radar is like saying that the summer sun is bright. From the moment that LA Rams starting center Austin Blythe signed on with the Chiefs, almost anyone who followed the NFL urged the Rams to sign on the Kansas City Chiefs’ former starting offensive center.  Of course, we were equally guilty of that failed attempt to lobby on his behalf before the 2021 NFL Draft.

We were back at the pulpit once more when the season started, begging the LA Rams to consider signing the veteran offensive center.  Now here we are, in mid-December 2021, and the LA Rams have done exactly that. While many may think this to be too much too little too late, his presence on the Rams roster could translate into having him in place for the NFL playoffs. Now wouldn’t that be fun?

Reiter is a stud at pass blocking, cited as the fifth-best pass-blocking offensive center since 2019. But he was available, so the LA Rams scooped him up.

Hey, it’s easy to brush off the Rams’ recent roster additions as placeholders. But upon closer inspection, the players signed are high-quality competitors that have been on the radar for some time. Reiter is the latest who has serious upside, particularly in the post-season.