Rams Claim Marqui Christian Off Waivers, Release Isaiah Johnson

The Los Angeles Rams continue to make some adjustments as they get ready to square off against an Arizona Cardinals team that is desperate to get back on track after a 1-2 start.

One of those changes has come in the team’s depleted secondary that is still nursing a few players back to full health. After being promoted from the practice squad to the 53-man roster, defensive back Isaiah Johnson has been waived by Los Angeles in favor of rookie safety Marqui Christian according to Aaron Wilson of Houston Chronicle:

Coincidentally, Christian was taken by the Cardinals in the fifth round of the 2016 NFL Draft. After originally making the 53-man roster, the Cardinals placed Christian on waivers hoping to sign him to their practice squad. However, the Rams were quick to pick up his four-year, $2.55 million contract.

The Midwestern State College product earned the Cliff Harris award given to the nation’s top small-college defensive player. At 5’10” and 196 pounds, Christian possess sub-4.5 speed to go with a 35 1/2 inch vertical. This potentially makes him an ideal fit in the team’s nickel defense.