AJ Rose embracing snowball’s chance in hell of making LA Rams roster

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The latest and perhaps most mysterious running back in the LA Rams stable is the free-agent running back A.J. Rose Jr. After all, he was signed to the LA Rams in mid-June, long after the 2022 NFL Draft. But he arrived at a point in time after the Rams learned that they would be without drafted running back Kyren Williams was sidelined with a foot injury.

That meant that the LA Rams needed to add a new face to the running back room to get them through training camp.  A.J. Rose was that player. Now, he is fighting to become relevant, noticed, and perhaps even leapfrog a few of the LA Rams’ other players on the roster.

And he doesn’t really have that much time to generate a buzz. In all reality, he likely has a snowball’s chance in hell of making the LA Rams roster.

So I’m telling you there’s a chance?

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This young man is 6-foot-1 and weighs 212-pounds. He played for the Minnesota Vikings in their preseason games last year and took on a lion’s share of the load. In fact, he worked so hard that he came in third place in terms of the amount of work he got, behind the LA Rams’ own RB Xavier Jones and Miami Dolphins RB Malcolm Perry.

Just to close the look on last year’s preseason top workhorses. Rams RB tore his Achilles Tendon and was out for the season. The Vikings cut Rose. The Dolphins cut Perry, who was subsequently claimed by the NE Patriots, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers rushed Ke’Shawn Vaughn 36 times in 2021 for 180 yards and two touchdowns.

Rose got plenty of work with the Vikings during their 2021 preseason. He averaged 34.3 offensive snaps per game, saw action on 61.3 percent of the offensive snaps, and touched the ball on 38.3 percent of those snaps.  Based on the literature written after his release, Vikings websites were surprised at Rose’s release, but it was due to whittling the roster down to the 53-man limit.

Will he stick with the LA Rams roster? Well, he has a snowball’s chance in hell. So yes, I’m saying that there is a chance.

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