The Los Angeles Rams underwent a bunch of roster transactions on Tuesday, including cornerback Michael Jordan and linebacker Nicholas Grigsby being promoted from the practice squad. However, one spot remained on the 53-man roster. On Wednesday, the Rams officially signed cornerback Steve Williams to the active roster.
Williams was signed to the roster in early September, but was waived on Sept. 23. Since then, he underwent another stint with the San Diego Chargers, before being released on Nov. 8. His return to the Rams comes at a desperate time, as the Rams recently lost cornerback Troy Hill.
The return to the Rams shouldn’t involve as much of a learning curve, as Williams is familiar with the defense and what his role will be. It remains to be determined if Williams will be seen on the field on Sunday.
Hill was arrested this past week, in a rather quiet fashion. Head coach Jeff Fisher and the Rams were aware of the arrest, but didn’t want to proceed until they heard the details from authorities and Hill himself.
After becoming aware of the truth, the team released Hill from the active roster. However, it appears as though the Rams intend on keeping the young player, as he has been signed to the practice squad.
As Hill remains on the practice squad, he understands and relishes this second opportunity, via Myles Simmons of TheRams.com:
“I let them down and they gave me this second opportunity,” Hill said. “So it’s a humbling experience and I just want to do everything I can to show them that I can be trusted and work my way back.”
Fisher was adamant about learning the details before he would proceed with a verdict. After some behind the scenes conversations, the Rams elected to keep him associated with the organization.
Fisher said that Hill was truthful when talking about the off-the-field incident, which is why the organization elected to keep him with the organization. Although he is no longer on the active roster, he wants to reiterate to the organization why he is valuable:
“I just want to show this team and everybody in the organization that they can trust me,” Hill said. “I’m just going to keep working my way back up until I prove myself again.”
The Rams have a Sunday showdown at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome against the New Orleans Saints. Quarterback Drew Brees will have quite the high-powered passing attack in store, so the Rams must prepare appropriately in order to succeed.