When the Los Angeles Rams made all of their cuts yesterday, they were left with only eight offensive lineman on the 53-man roster, which seemed to be a pretty low number. It meant the Rams were likely anticipating on dipping into the free agent pool and place waiver claims on some players, and that they did. Here’s the three players the Rams claimed today (Rich meant OL Aaron Neary):
Rams have claimed OL Austin Neary (Eagles), OL JJ Dielman (Bengals) and DL Quinton Jefferson (Seahawks).— Rich Hammond (@Rich_Hammond) September 3, 2017
These are not exactly earth shattering names, but will likely help to compete along both sides of the trenches. With the Rams only having eight offensive lineman, they were clearly short, and now adding two new guys to come and compete, it gives them a total of 10, which allows them to practice with two units interchanging. As for the DL add, Jefferson allows more flexibility along the DL with the current state of the DL (missing Aaron Donald).
Here is J.J. Dielman’s NFL Draft profile (he was a 5th-round pick this year by the Cincinnati Bengals):
An athletic center with the plus athleticism of a three-year tackle, but he lacks the core power that some teams will require from an interior lineman. Needs to bulk up and add as much strength as possible in order to be a functional NFL player. While his movement skills will be enticing for zone-scheme teams, he could be limited by scheme fit, which narrows the teams who might consider drafting him.
He is likely the biggest “name” of the three adds.
In order to make room for the three, the Rams waived LB Nic Grigsby, TE Johnny Mundt and DT Louis Trinca-Pasat.
Also, now former Rams CB Michael Jordan has been claimed by the Cleveland Browns, and re-joins former DC Gregg Williams there:
CB Mike Jordan, waived by Rams yesterday, was claimed by Cleveland.— Rich Hammond (@Rich_Hammond) September 3, 2017