Rams luring former first-round talent and former Los Angeles star: report
Rams luring former first-round talent and former Los Angeles star: report

Rams luring former first-round talent and former Los Angeles star: report

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Getty Leonard Floyd and the Rams defense are resting on September 18, 2022.

A former Los Angeles star is back, this time with the Los Angeles Rams.

And, this quarterback is a former first-round talent now returning to the city that saw him as a tackling and sack machine before being selected 26th overall.

The former Bruin is back in Los Angeles

According to ESPN NFL Field Yates, the Rams claimed Takkarist McKinley off waivers from the Tennessee Titans on Wednesday, September 21st.

The Rams are signing Edge Takk McKinley to their 53-man roster off the Titans practice squad, per source.

McKinley started a few games for the Browns last year and had 2.5 sacks.

— Field Yates (@FieldYates) September 21, 2022

The Rams officially announced the signing of the former UCLA star at 7:42 pm ET.

LA Rams trade: • Free agent signing of DE Takkarist McKinley

— Los Angeles Rams (@RamsNFL) September 21, 2022

With “Takk” poached from another team’s practice squad, league rule requires him to be on the active roster for at least three weeks or receive three game checks. McKinley, according to Yates, will not be headed to the practice squad, but instead will be on the 53-man roster.

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McKinley will be looking to recapture his dominant form from the last time he was in the City of Angels. In 2016, the 6-foot-2, 265-pounder from Richmond, Calif., ranked 10th nationally in tackle average with 1.6 sacks per game. He also finished with 18 tackles for loss and 10 sacks in his final college season. His relentless drive and “worker bee” traits promoted him to late first-round material.

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However, McKinley’s NFL career didn’t see the kind of breakout that he did in Westwood. Injuries have limited him, including the ruptured Achilles tendon he suffered toward the end of the 2021 season. He has never started every NFL game for an entire season.

However, McKinley has posted 20 career sacks and 25 tackles for a loss, including seven in his first three seasons according to Pro Football Reference. Now they head to a defense with All-Pro Aaron Donald and the trio of athletic linebackers comprised of Justin Hollins, Terrell Lewis and Leonard Floyd.

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The former Bruin wasn’t the only veteran to sign.

who else is on board

The Rams’ offensive line had a much-improved performance against the Atlanta Falcons in Week 2 by limiting the number of sacks. However, the Rams still needed to add depth.

The Rams addressed just that Wednesday afternoon, not only adding a former starter who once had a $2 million contract, but also someone who once blocked the league’s Most Valuable Player winner.

Announced by the team before 3:50 p.m. ET, the Rams signed center Matt Skura to the practice squad.

LA Rams trade: • Signed practice squad veteran C Matt Skura

— Los Angeles Rams (@RamsNFL) September 21, 2022

His addition comes after the Rams needed additional help at center following the injury to starter Brian Allen. Veteran Allen will be out for another three weeks with a knee injury. His affection convinced the Rams to put Coleman Shelton in Allen’s place and promote Tremayne Anchrum to starting right guard.

Anchrum, however, had to leave the 31-27 home win over the Falcons on Sunday, Sept. 18, with a broken leg. His teammate and Rams captain Rob Havenstein told reporters at the LA Rams Night for Wishes event the following Monday that Anchrum’s injury happened on the first play and was “a tough thing to watch.” Havenstein, however, said “we’ll get and work for him again” during the event held at the Four Seasons Hotel in Westlake Village, Calif., as part of the Rams’ partnership with Make-A-Wish Tri. counties (serving Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties).

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Now, “Big Hav,” Shelton and the rest of the Rams’ offensive line will welcome the veteran Skura. And the 29-year-old arrives at the “House of the Rams” with plenty of early action.

Skura started 65 total games over five seasons, according to Pro Football Reference. And during his first four seasons, he helped block Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson. And that includes Jackson’s 2019 campaign, which saw him earn NFL MVP honors. Skura started 11 games that season. He also drew praise from NFL analyst and former offensive lineman Brian Baldinger for his performance against the Rams that 2019 season, which was a 45-6 victory at the LA Memorial Coliseum.

Skura was rewarded with a one-year, $2,133,000 contract after that season. However, he is now on his third NFL franchise after making stops with the Miami Dolphins and New York Giants, respectively.

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