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Rams announce roster decision for ‘extremely long’ option

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It’s officially day one of 2022 training camp for defending Super Bowl champions, the Los Angeles Rams, and the champions are currently without five players, including All-Pro Jalen Ramsey, for being on the PUP list.

The fifth was added on Sunday, July 24 — the day the Rams returned to the grass at Crawford Field at UC Irvine.

Tall, 6-foot-6, 219-pound wide pickup option Warren Jackson became the latest name to land on the PUP list, with the Rams’ Twitter account announcing the roster decision Sunday afternoon.

It is unknown what injury Jackson has that brought him to PUP. But he joins a list that includes Ramsey, veteran centre-back Travin Howard and rookies Quentin Lake and Kyren Williams.

Jackson has been called an “extremely long” air option with the “span to intimidate shorter cornerbacks,” as noted by nfl.com’s Lance Zierlein in his draft profile of the former Colorado State wide receiver.

Jackson was a COVID opt-out in 2020 and spent the entire shortened season preparing for the NFL draft. In his final season at Fort Collins in 2019, Colorado, the towering Jackson earned First Team All-Mountain West Conference honors by catching 77 passes for 1,119 yards and scoring eight touchdowns.

The CSU Ram was first signed by the Denver Broncos as an undrafted free agent (UDFA). After the Broncos waived him, it was him picked up by the Minnesota Vikings on August 9, 2021. However, the Vikings renounced him 13 days later.

He first joined the Rams on November 3, 2021 by being assigned to the practice team. Then, on February 28, 2022 — and 15 days after the Rams won Super Bowl 56 — the franchise signed Jackson to a reserve/futures contract.

Jackson was one of the Rams seen celebrating with the champions Thursday night as the team held their ring ceremony.

NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported Saturday, July 23, as the Rams reported for camp that Howard was undergoing surgery.

“Rams LB Travin Howard, who landed on the PUP list with a groin injury, was reportedly revived earlier this week in Philadelphia by well-known sports hernia guru Dr. William Meyers will be operated on, sources say.” Rapoport tweeted.

Rapoport added that this injury won’t keep Howard out for a long time, saying, “Due to the timing, he has a good chance of being ready for the season.”

Meanwhile, the Rams Irvine also announced a roster change on report day that will affect the quarterback room.

The Rams decided to lure back free agent Luis Perez, with the team announcing the roster decision the day the Rams checked into their hotel.

Perez most recently featured in the three professional football leagues outside of the NFL. In chronological order, Perez played in the defunct Alliance of American Football (AAF), the XFL, and most recently the United State Football League (USFL). He played for the New Jersey Generals in the latter Football League.

He was also on the Philadelphia Eagles and Detroit Lions rosters in 2019 when the AAF collapsed. He will be the Rams’ fourth QB alongside Matthew Stafford, John Wolford and Bryce Perkins.

He was also on the Philadelphia Eagles and Detroit Lions rosters in 2019 when the AAF collapsed. He will be the Rams’ fourth QB alongside Matthew Stafford, John Wolford and Bryce Perkins.



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