Practice Report 11/22: Rams Make Changes to Secondary

Posted Nov 22, 2016

Los Angeles waived defensive backs Troy Hill and Dwayne Gratz on Tuesday, promoting CB Michael Jordan and LB Nicholas Grigsby. The club also placed LB Josh Forrest on IR.

The Rams have made a few changes to their roster, promoting cornerback Michael Jordan and linebacker Nicholas Grigsby from the practice squad.

As one of the corresponding roster moves, Los Angeles has waived cornerback Troy Hill. 

“Every situation is different, circumstances are different,” head coach Jeff Fisher said. “I was disappointed in his choices, as they related to Friday night and Saturday morning. I didn’t think he put the team first. I got information, and we made the decision.

“Because Troy was truthful with me in our conversations the last couple of days, I also said that I’m not going to rule out a second opportunity,” Fisher added. “I think people deserve second chances in life. I think he learned from it, but I was just disappointed in his choices.”

Also on Tuesday, the Rams placed linebacker Josh Forrest on injured reserve and waived cornerback Dwayne Gratz.

“We made another tough decision, and Dwayne Gratz did a nice job for us, but we've got another move or two to make as far as the secondary is concerned,” Fisher said. “Tough decision with Dwayne, and we’re going to try to keep the door open for him as well.”

As for the promoted Jordan, Fisher said the undrafted rookie out of Missouri Western was excited to get the news he’d been elevated to the 53-man roster.

“It was really fun to talk to him today,” Fisher said. “He understands our system. He’s played really hard in practice. He was productive in the preseason games.”

“I feel good about it,” Jordan said. “It took me a while and it was a long time coming, but, like they say, you work hard and eventually it pays off.”

Jordan said he felt like his consistency and effort helped get him promoted to his new spot.

“Early on, I was kind of up and down as far as being consistent,” Jordan said. “But as the weeks went on, I just kind of took a different approach to it. And I think they took notice to that and it definitely paid off for me today.”

The young corner credited his veteran teammates for helping him learn the Rams’ system and become a true professional.

“I definitely lean on those guys when times get tough, or just to have that person in your ear to help you out,” Jordan said.

“Sometimes you just come out and you want to play football and you don’t really know how to exactly be a professional athlete,” Jordan later added. “So it took me a while with the hard work and all that, but it finally paid off.”

Now, Jordan will potentially go against one of the best quarterbacks in NFL history in the Saints’ Drew Brees. Fisher said, “there’s maybe a 50/50 chance of him being active this week.” But even if he is, that’s no guarantee that Jordan will see the field on defense and not just special teams.

Still, it’s hard not to consider how special it would be to play against someone you grew up watching.

“It’ll be crazy. I try not to be too star struck, but he’s definitely an NFL great,” Jordan said. “And if I do get the opportunity to be on the field with him or against him, it’ll be kind of a surreal feeling. But that’ll go away quickly when you get between the lines.”