Some NFL teams LA Rams should monitor for waiver claims and roster upgrades

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AFC teams to monitor as rosters are cut down to the 53-man limit

While the LA Rams may not be able to monitor every NFL team, it would pay dividends to monitor some of the AFC teams that led the NFL in quarterback sacks a year ago.

Kansas City Chiefs

VII: OLB Truman Jones was signed by the Chiefs after the 2023 NFL Draft out of Harvard. Standing 6-foot-4 and weighing 242 pounds, he has some intriguing qualities that could warrant a waiver claim if released.

VIII: OLB Cam Jones is another Chiefs signing by the Chiefs after the 2023 NFL Draft out of Indiana. He stands 6-foot-3 and weighs 228 pounds. He has been learning from one of the best pass rush teams in the league, and could be a surprise if given and chance to contribute in 2023 on the Rams defense.

Los Angeles Chargers

IX: DE/OLB Carlo Kemp is a pass rusher who has never been quite good enough to make the LA Chargers roster. Instead, they have sent him to their practice squad for the past two seasons. Standing 6-foot-3 and weighing 286 pounds, this could be his year to make some noise in the NFL.

BONUS: NT Jerrod Clark is a burly fireplug of a behemoth who signed up with the Chargers after the 2023 NFL Draft. Standing 6-foot-4 and weighing a robust 345 pounds, he is going to gobble blockers and reroute opposing running lanes. With the LA Rams ending up a bit lighter on the defensive front, he could be well worth a waiver claim.

X: OLB Andrew Farmer was signed after the 2023 NFL Draft by the Chargers out of Lane College. He generated a lot of interest in pre-draft interviews. Standing 6-foot-3 and weighing 250 pounds, he is every bit the part of an NFL pass rusher.

New England Patriots

XI: OLB Anfernee Jennings is ideally what the LA Rams would love to claim off the NFL Waiver Wire to bolster their pass rush. Standing 6-foot-3, weighting 259 pounds, and showing the ability to play in the NFL, Jennings could truly come to the Rams roster and immediately be thrown into the active rotation.

BONUS: NT Carl Davis is a seasoned veteran who stands 6-foot-5 and weighs 320 pounds. He has a rotational role in the New England Patriots defense, but the Pats could be looking to go elsewhere with that roster position. A veterans of seven NFL seasons, he would be an ideally suited veteran addition to the Rams defensive front, even putting up the occasional pressure on opposing quarterbacks.

XII: OLB Chris Board is the final player to monitor through roster cuts. A veteran of five NFL seasons, he debuts with the Patriots this year. He stands 6-foot-2 and weighs 229 pounds, and has primarily filled in a rotational role in his career. While not as productive off the edge as others on this list, he does have experience and strong knowledge that would allow the Rams to give younger players a bit more time to develop before lining up.

Bonus: Baltimore Ravens

With the recent signing of veteran OLB Jadeveon Clowney by the Baltimore Ravens, the likelihood of rookie outside linebacker Malik Hamm making the Ravens roster is next to nothing. But he is worth keeping an eye on.

The 6-foot-3 246-pound rookie edge rusher out of Lafayette had an incredible training camp for the Ravens, and in two preseason games he has already registered four tackles and one quarterback sack. He even forced a fumble.

He was named as one of the Top FCS 2023 NFL Draft Prospects by Pro Football Network, and undoubtedly signed with the Baltimore Ravens after the 2023 NFL Draft to remain closer to his hometown of Baltimore, Maryland.

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If you expect the Rams to land a 10 sack veteran outside linebacker from the NFL waiver wire, you are fooling yourself. The best that the Rams can hope for is to improve their roster's future potential. nd Malik Hamm checks all of the boxes on that objective.