The LA Rams got unfortunate news on tight end Johnny Mundt and kickoff returner Jake Funk this week, placing both on season-ending IR with injuries, and in response announced the signing of Donte Deayon and Buddy Howell from their practice squad to the active roster to fill their spots.
LA Rams Transactions:— Los Angeles Rams (@RamsNFL) October 19, 2021
• Free Agent Signing, DB Donte Deayon
• Free Agent Signing, RB Buddy Howell
• Reserve/Injured, RB Jake Funk
• Reserve/Injured, TE Johnny Mundt
Deayon was activated last week for the Giants game. The injury to Darious Williams and the spotty play of David Long gave him his break.
He stepped up and made the most of it, getting involved in 66 defensive snaps. He showed stickiness, good breaks on the ball, and tackling heart. Pro Football Focus has given Deayon a score of 71.6 and of course, this website has never shied away from plugging Deayon as a player worthy of a roster spot — even during training camp.
Dont'e Deayon was targeted 12 (!!!!) times yesterday but had a great game (@PFF).— Sosa Kremenjas (@QBsMVP) October 18, 2021
- 37 yards allowed
- 56.6 passer rating allowed
- 0.71 yards per coverage snap allowed
Why didn't he make the 53-man roster again?
Buddy Howell was signed to the Rams PS after his release from the Houston Texans. He’s a big, bruising back who has earned a reputation on special teams. He has been active in two Ram games in 2021, logging 33 ST plays.
Beside his special teams play, Howell will offer a different look to the Rams running backs room, at 6’1 and 215 lbs he adds a size presence to the unit that is currently not there.