The Los Angeles Rams got down to business quickly after the news of Justin Hollins landing on IR and were awarded Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker Jamir Jones on Wednesday afternoon. It was made clear Monday that Hollins was going to miss a substantial amount of time with his pectoral injury that required surgery, which is a shame because he got off to a hot start through the first few weeks.
Sean McVay on claiming LB Jamir Jones off waivers: Addressed needed depth, and "he had put some good stuff on tape."— Stu Jackson (@StuJRams) September 29, 2021
"I have a lot of trust and confidence in (Rams GM Les Snead's) evaluation and our personnel group."
Jones, 6-3, 255 lbs, signed with the Steelers after going undrafted out of the University of Notre Dame this year. He surprised Pittsburgh so much that he earned a spot on their 53-man roster after a strong preseason and started in place of TJ watt this past week due to injury. The speculation was that they waived him in hopes that he would be able to return their practice squad but Rams general manager Les Snead pounced on him in the waiver wire.
Jones strong preseason included nine quarterback hits, 2.5 sacks, and 13 total tackles. His nine QB hits were the most in the NFL for the entire preseason. Being able to make the Steelers 53-man roster with all their talent on defense speaks volumes to the type of player he is. He’s a strong tackler who is known for bringing down opposing players on first contact.
Will the LA Rams front office hit on another waiver claim like Justin Hollins? Only time will tell!