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Rams sign Grant Haley and Jared Pinkney to practice squad

Following Tuesday’s moves to add two players to the 53-man roster, Sean McVay filled out his practice squad

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The LA Rams signed cornerback Grant Haley and tight end Jared Pinkney to the practice squad, filling the openings created by the elevation of Donte Deayon and Buddy Howell to the active roster on Tuesday.

Haley originally signed with the New York Giants in 2018 as an undrafted free agent. Starting the season on the PS, he earned an early promotion and played in 10 games, starting nine. At the nickel and slot cornerback positions, he garnered 33 tackles and a PFF grade of 69.3

He struggled in 2019, losing his starting position and his PFF score dropping to 55.4. Haley was eventually released and signed by the New Orleans Saints in 2020. The Saints released him in final training camp cuts in 2021.

Coming out of Penn State, Haley is 5’9, 190 lbs., and ran 4.44 in he forty yard dash. He had 36 starts, played on special teams and was a team captain in his senior year.

Pinkney is 6’4 and 255 lbs. He’s had stints with the Atlanta Falcons, Tennessee Titans, and Detroit Lions.

He fits the Rams TE mold, an athletic player whose blocking strength is movement and not raw power, getting to the second level, establishing and using leverage. Pinkney has college-level experience in zone blocking schemes.

NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein wrote of Pinkney before the draft:

“...He can handle move blocking duties in space, but doesn’t appear to have enough grit and strength to help inline.”

At 4.96 in the forty, he has enough speed to work the seams. He has good hands, decent length and catches the ball in traffic. Whether he could eventually fill the Johnny Mundt role remains to be seen, but adding these two players fit with LA’s current needs as expected.