Heading into Week 2, the LA Rams roster is getting a makeover once more. Well, perhaps patching and filling some early potholes in the road is more like it. You see, the LA Rams have placed backup rookie quarterback Stetson Bennett on the NFI-IR list under mysterious circumstances. With Stetson Bennett out of commission for the next four weeks (at a minimum), the Rams had to rethink their backup quarterback situation.
We had spelled out the reasons for the Rams' roster shortcomings to sign one of several options with their previous open roster spot. And the Rams did ultimately sign placekicker Brett Maher off the practice squad and onto the 53-man Rams roster.
But we had also highlighted the fact that the Rams were taking on unnecessary risk by not signing a backup quarterback to the Rams roster, highlighted when rookie QB Stetson Bennett was inactive for Week 1 with a sore shoulder.
Well it appears that we are running two for three from that original article, as the latest Rams signing promotes backup quarterback Brett Rypien to the active Rams roster. The Rams have now signed K Brett Maher and QB Brett Rypien from the practice squad.
So why here and why now? As feared, injuries to other NFL teams launch an immediate and expansive head hunting search to sign a player to a team-friendly deal. Because he was on the Rams practice squad, Rypien was vulnerable to be signed by any NFL team willing to offer him a standard NFL contract.
And per ESPN Insider Jeremy Fowler, the New York Jets were sniffing around hard over Brett Rypien's availability. The LA Rams had only one option, and that was to ensure Rypien remained in the Rams' offense by signing him to a contract before the Jets could finish their due diligence.
Two out of three. The last option in our previous article highlighted the possibility of the Rams signing an outside linebacker. And the LA Rams have one more open roster spot now. Will the Rams add an edge rusher? Or will this next signing surprise everyone?