Shoring up the secondary
The LA Rams used defensive back Antoine Brooks Jr. exclusively on special teams in 2021, and that may be enough to earn him a spot on the team’s active roster in 2022. But he offers more than that. He is blessed with the size, power, and skillset to fill the niche role in this Rams defense of a Super Saiyan role, the big-hitting safety who can play at an inside linebacker spot on passing downs. He will be someone to keep an eye on.
The Rams also added defensive back Kareem Orr in 2021. He had spent two years with the Tennessee Titans but found his way to the LA Rams roster this past season. Orr had a strong preseason, and we expected him to be a dependable contributor in the Rams secondary late in the season. That did not come to fruition yet, but he will have another chance to train and come back even stronger for the team in 2022.
The LA Rams also made use of defensive back Tyler Hall exclusively on special teams’ coverage units. While that did not allow Hall to get his foot in the door, it did ensure that he remained with the team throughout the 2021 NFL season and will be coming back in 2022 to have another crack at earning a spot on the team’s roster. In 2020, he played for the Atlanta Falcons and was undoubtedly quite familiar with Raheem Morris’ defensive philosophy. The LA Rams need help in the secondary, and Hall could provide that.
So there you go. That is the current list of players signed to rejoin the team through the 2022 NFL season, at least through OTAs, training camp, and perhaps through preseason games. There will be plenty of comings and goings to and from the Rams roster. But this is a good first step.