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Grading Fisher's free agents: #1 William Hayes





Tell me I wasn't the only one excited when JEff Fisher was signed as the Ram's head coach. WE were pumped! We were ready for anything. But the great coach threw some of us for a loop by signing some free agents that weren't really household names. Steve Spagnola and Devaney went around signing big names in free agency like there was no tomorrow, granted that didn't work, but it was exciting to see. These new Rams (minus Cortlan Finnegan) were pretty much nameless coming into St.Louis. For some of them that is no longer the case, like William Hayes. I was pretty indifferent to the signing of Will Hayes. He was just going to be a back up Defensive End. Those guys are a dime a dozen.As the Season progressed I saw William Hayes notching sacks here and there in spot duty. I saw him playing the run solidly. This is more important when you note that Robert Quinn and Chris Long are more pass rushers than run stuffers. I started to develop a liking for this 5th year DE. He became one of my favorite players towards the end of the season by sacking Colin Kap and stuffing some of the best running backs in the league. This culminated in a dominating 2 plays where William Hayes broke through the Vikings defensive line twice to stop the great Adrian Peterson for a 2 yard loss on both plays. William Hayes finished the season with 7 sacks and 36 tackles. That was his best sack season to date and he started 0 games. Christ Long finished with 33 tackles and 11.5 sacks and he started the entire season. Hayes is a free agent now. I do hope that the Rams resign him. Hayes receives an A Grade from me.
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