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Popular ex-Rams defender among tryouts for AFC Contender: Report

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According to the NFL’s transaction line on Sunday, July 24, a former member of the Los Angeles Rams was on the list of unsigned free agents straining for a team billed as one of the busiest rosters for the 2022 season is applicable.

And this defender made the tryout list at a place that has become known for hosting past Rams.

Unsigned cornerback Donte Deayon was among 11 names listed as tryouts for the Buffalo Bills.

The 28-year-old himself took to Twitter to reveal he’s had “fire” training with the team many have predicted would represent the AFC in Super Bowl 57 – plus where the ex -Rams Tavon Austin and award-winning 2022 free agent signed Von Miller.

Deayon played primarily in a reserve role for the Rams. He has also spent most of his six seasons with the team, which is based near his hometown of Rialto, California.

Deayon first joined the Rams on December 12, 2018 by signing with the team’s practice squad. He then signed a reserve/future contract with the Rams on February 6, 2019. After failing to make the final cuts for the 53-man roster, Deayon was among the 10 players assigned to the practice team on September 1, 2019. Then, on November 13, 2019, Deayon was added to the Rams’ active roster.

Deayon still found himself on the Rams practice team, but the 5-foot-9, 193-pound cornerback was among the substitutes for injured Johnny Mundt and Jake Funk on Oct. 19, 2021.

While Deayon had a tough time cracking the starting lineup, his personality was immensely popular on the critically acclaimed HBO show Hard Knocks when the Rams starred in the documentary.

He’s best known for this clip featuring his muscular defender, teammate Aaron Donald:

Deayon’s personality helped win over the viewers who watched the program — including beat writers covering the Rams like the Associated Press’s Greg Beacham.

He continued to share his sense of humor as a special driver in this clip from 2019:

However, Deayon didn’t just win people over with his personality. He developed a habit of enlisting his Rams coaches and teammates to rise above his diminutive stature.

“He’s an incredibly intelligent player. He’s got great speed over short distances,” Rams coach Sean McVay said on Oct. 22, 2021 of Orange County Register’s Kevin Modesti. “I was very happy for him. He’s a great story about keeping working and overcoming some things, whether it’s size (problem) or “Uh, can he really play?” And then he gets his chance and he takes it. I think you’ll see that he has more chances as we progress.

Even with his rather small stature, Deayon showed fearlessness in attacking the ball and exploding into receivers, especially against the 2021 Tennessee Titans:

Prior to his NFL career, Deayon became a ring collector dating back to high school. He was a member of the football team at Summit High School in Fontana, which won the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) Southern Section title in 2011.

He then signed with Boise State, where he won the 2014 Fiesta Bowl with the Broncos. Then, on February 13, 2022, he teamed with the Rams to win the Super Bowl. Deayon was among the 2021 Rams who picked up his ring on Thursday.

He then signed with Boise State, where he won the 2014 Fiesta Bowl with the Broncos. Then, on February 13, 2022, he teamed with the Rams to win the Super Bowl. Deayon was among the 2021 Rams who picked up his ring on Thursday.



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