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Rams Announce Two Signings to Practice Squad | Team Tracker

The Rams made two roster moves on Tuesday, adding a pair of pass-catchers to the practice squad.

Jan. 18: The Rams have signed wide receiver Warren Jackson and tight end Kyle Markway to the practice squad, the team announced Tuesday.

Jackson is a big body receiver standing at 6-6, 215 pounds, making him a possible red zone threat. Finishing his college career at Colorado State in 2020, Jackson has yet to make his mark in the NFL, not appearing in a game this season.

Markway re-joins the Rams after a handful of stints with the team earlier this season. Like Jackson, Markay hasn't consumed any playing time in games, primarily serving as a depth option on the practice squad where he'll attempt to break through if an opportunity presents itself.

Jan. 17: The Rams have elevated safety Eric Weddle and defensive back Blake Countess from the practice squad, the team announced Monday.

With safety Jordan Fuller set to miss the remainder of the season with an ankle injury and safety Taylor Rapp declared out for the Wild Card Round as he remains in concussion protocol, the activation of Weddle and Countess figure to assist safties Nick Scott and Terrell Burgess on the backend of the defense.

Weddle, 37, was signed by the Rams out of retirement last Wednesday in an effort to give L.A. a helping hand with players in the secondary suffering injuries in last week's regular-season finale.

Countess, spent his first three years in the NFL with the Rams before joining the New York Jets and Philadelphia Eagles. After latching back onto the Rams' practice squad last week, the team has made him available for Monday night's contest, giving them additional depth in the secondary.

Jan. 5: The Rams have signed return man Brandon Powell to the active roster and signed wide receiver J.J. Koski to the practice squad, the team announced Wednesday.

Powell, who's taken upon the Rams' kick and punt return duties over the last five games, has now been signed to the active roster as a mainstay. Previously, Powell had been receiving an elevation from the practice squad ahead of each game but based on his recent perforces, it looks like Powell is here for the long haul this season, providing a jolt as a return specialist.

Powell earned NFC Special Team Player of the Week honors in Week 16 against the Vikings. In Minnesota, Powell returned two kicks for 75 yards, including one of which he took back 61 yards for a touchdown to extend the Rams' lead in the third quarter by two possessions, which ultimately led to a 30-23 victory.

As for Koski, he was waived by the Rams on Tuesday but after clearing waivers he latches back on with the club, joining the practice squad. Koski has played in five games for the Rams this season, though most of his work has come on special teams. As a pass-catcher, Koski has registered two grabs for 20 yards.

Jan. 3: The Los Angeles Rams have faced roughly 40 players and coaches being removed from the team due to COVID-19 protocols over the last four weeks.

With things trending upward as of late, the Rams activated running back Raymond Calais off the Reserve/COVID-19 list on Monday. That means the Rams no longer have anyone on the Reserve/COVID-19 list, which hasn't been the case since early December.

The Rams have gone 4-0 since the team's outbreak began ahead of the Week 14 Monday Night Football showdown against the Cardinals.

Calais, 23, is currently on injured reserve due to a foot injury suffered early in the year. 

Dec. 28: On Tuesday, the Jaguars claimed two players from the Rams via waivers, adding linebacker Jamir Jones and running back Mekhi Sargent.

The Rams activated running back Cam Akers and running back Buddy Howell from reserve on Saturday, meaning they would need to release or waive two players in a corresponding move. 

The Rams ultimately waived Jones and Sargent, while they would’ve been eligible to re-sign to the L.A. practice squad had they gone unclaimed on waivers.

Jones went undrafted prior to signing with the Houston Texans before making his NFL debut this season with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Ahead of making his mark in the NFL, Jones was a member of the Notre Dame defense, where he collected 50 tackles, 4.5 sacks and two forced fumbles across 45 games.

Jones joined the Rams in September, appearing in 10 games. His contributions were primarily on special teams, while he did accumulate 51 defensive snaps along the Rams defense.

As for Sargent, he got his start in the NFL with the Tennessee Titans as an undrafted rookie out of Iowa, making their initial 53-man roster and appearing in three games. After being waived, he joined the Rams, playing in three games upon being waived yet again.

With Jaguars starting running back James Robinson going on injured reserve, Sargent will perhaps get an opportunity to see an increased workload than what he's seen throughout his young career thus far.

Dec. 18: The Rams have elevated linebacker Anthony Hines III and wide receiver Brandon Powell from the practice squad as COVID-19 replacements, the team announced Saturday.

Hines hasn't appeared in a game throughout his NFL career up to this point. During his time in the college ranks, Hines was a one-year starter at Texas A&M, where he totaled 106 tackles and three sacks across two seasons.

Powell, however, has been elevated the last two weeks. The Rams have primarily used him as the team's kick returner in which he's averaged 36 yards per return across three attempts. 

With the Rams still having 25 players on the Reserve/COVID-19 list, these two could see the field in some compacity for Tuesday night's divisional showdown.

Dec. 16: The Rams have signed defensive back Greg Stroman, the team announced Thursday.

Stroman, 25, was drafted by the Washington Football Team in the seventh round of the 2018 NFL Draft. The former Virginia Tech prospect was released by Washington earlier this season during training camp. He then joined the Bills' practice squad for a short stint before being let go.

Stroman has only appeared in five games over the last two seasons, but as a rookie he saw action in a career-high 15 games, making three starts. During his rookie campaign, he logged 38 tackles, one interception, four pass breakups and one forced fumble.

During his time in the college ranks, Stroman played on offense and defense, lining up at wide receiver in addition to defensive back.

Dec. 11: Rams coach Sean McVay said Saturday that outside linebacker Justin Hollins could make his return in Week 14 against the Cardinals on Monday night.

“(It's) very likely he’ll be available for us this week," McVay said of Hollins.

With Hollins presumably being available for the Rams this week, that would mean he will likely be activated on Sunday out of the 21-day window off injured reserve.

Hollins suffered a pec injury in Week 3 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and has been sidelined since then. In the three games in which Hollins has appeared in, he's totaled 12 tackles, one TFL, two sacks, one quarterback hit and one forced fumble.

Dec. 8: The Rams have signed running back Mekhi Sargent to the active roster, and signed wide receiver J.J. Koski back to the practice squad after clearing waivers.

Sargent has appeared in four games this season: three for the Titans and one for the Rams. Last week, Sargent handled two carries for five yards in L.A.'s win over the Jaguars.

As for Koski, he was waived by the Rams yesterday but after clearing waivers he's made his way back with the team, being placed on the practice squad. Koski has not recorded a reception this season in the four games he's appeared in but has returned a total of seven kicks and punts over the Rams' last four contests.

Dec. 7: The Rams have waived wide receiver J.J. Koski, the team announced Tuesday. Koski will now be subject to waivers as other teams are eligible to claim him if interest presents itself.

Koski appeared in four games for the Rams this season, though he has not registered a reception. Koski has primarily been a special teams contributor, returning five kicks for an average of 26 yards per attempt and two punt returns for an average of 13 yards per attempt.

The Rams have ran out Sony Michel and Brandon Powell returning kicks the last two weeks and as a result, it appears Koski is the odd man out. 

Powell is still on the practice squad currently, but a promotion to the active roster is something Sean McVay and the coaching staff are considering, as he stated Monday. 

Meanwhile, Justin Hollins, whose 21-day activation window has already begun in coming off injured reserve, meaning the decision to waive Koski could be prompted by a potential move to bring Hollins back on the active roster.

Dec. 1: The Rams have designated outside linebacker Justin Hollins to return from injured reserve, the team announced Wednesday. Hollins is now in the 21-day activation window to be placed on the active roster.

Hollins has missed eight games, landing on injured reserve following a pectoral injury suffered in Week 3. Prior to injury, Hollins was off to the best start of his NFL career, registering 12 tackles, one TFL, two sacks and one quarterback hit. 

While he began the year starting opposite of Leonard Floyd off the edge, he'll now serve the role of a rotational pass rusher with Von Miller and Ogbonnia Okoronkwo now into the mix – two players that weren’t an option when Hollins played significant snaps over the first three weeks of the season.

Nov. 27: The Rams have downgraded wide receiver Ben Skowronek to OUT for Sunday's game against the Packers. Skowronek was a late add to the injury report Friday due to a back injury.

While he was a limited participant in Friday's walkthrough, he'll be inactive for Week 12 at Lambeau Field.

Skowronek played a career-high 42 offensive snaps in the Rams' Week 10 matchup against the 49ers prior to the bye week. 

With the Rams down another wide receiver, that group will shape up as such: Cooper Kupp, Odell Beckham Jr., Van Jefferson and J.J. Koski.

Nov. 24: The Rams have officially placed wide receiver Robert Woods on injured reserve, the team announced.

Woods suffered a torn ACL in practice two weeks ago, ending his 2021 season. Prior to injuring his knee, Woods had posted 45 catches for 556 yards and four touchdowns.

In addition to what Woods contributes as a pass-catcher, the Rams will desperately miss his blocking ability. His physicality as a blocker served him well and prior to being sidelined, Pro Football Focus ranked Woods as the No. 1 blocking wide receiver.

The Rams wide receiver group will shape up as such: Cooper Kupp, Odell Beckham Jr., Van Jefferson, Ben Skowronek and J.J. Koski.

Nov. 15: The Rams have activated defensive tackle Marquise Copeland and defensive back Jake Gervase from the practice squad, the team announced Monday ahead of the Week 10 matchup against the 49ers.

Copeland's elevation largely stems from the team's season-ending loss of nose tackle Sebastian Joseph-Day. While Copeland hasn't seen much playing time, playing just 11 defensive snaps this season, he does have familiarity with the Rams dating back to 2020 when he joined the team.

As for Gervase, he's been a member of the Rams since 2019 – mainly on the practice squad. Gervase has yet to see the playing field this season but did garner experience on special teams last year with the club.

Copeland and Gervase have been elevated for depth purposes as the Rams search for their eighth victory of the season at Levi's Stadium ahead of the team's bye week.

Nov. 10: The Rams have signed defensive back Antoine Brooks to the active roster and brought back defensive end Jonah Williams to the practice squad, the team announced. 

Brooks has been on the practice squad, seeing times of elevation in which he was brought up ahead of games. Now, he'll see a more consistent role, holding a spot on the 53-man roster.

As for Williams, he was waived by the Rams last week, being claimed by the Vikings despite two other teams attempting to scoop him up via waivers. Williams ultimately was released shortly after Minnesota claimed him due to a failed physical designation.