Rams Claim Jacksonville Cornerback

By City News Service

Los Angeles Rams claimed Dwayne Gratz on waivers from the Jacksonville Jaguars Tuesday, hoping to add depth at the cornerback position with Trumaine Johnson expected to miss Sunday’s game against the Detroit Lions.

Rams coach Jeff Fisher described Gratz as a “great, great young man, really smart, a team guy.

“I liked him coming out of Connecticut,” Fisher told reporters following practice at California Lutheran University. “We were really excited about being awarded the claim.”

Gratz was expected to arrive Wednesday.

“We’re get him coached up as quick as we can to play special teams,” Fisher said.

Gratz is in his fourth season in the league. He was chosen by the Jaguars in the third round of the 2013 draft with the 64th overall selection.He has played 40 games in the NFL, starting 25. His most recent game was Oct. 2 when Jacksonville defeated Indianapolis, 30-27, in London.

L.A. Rams Kicker Greg Zuerlein was 4 for 4 on field goals attempts on Sunday, including 54-yard field goal on the Rams first second-half possession. (Photo by Fred Zermeno)

L.A. Rams Kicker Greg Zuerlein was 4 for 4 on field goals attempts on Sunday, including 54-yard field goal on the Rams first second-half possession. (Photo by Fred Zermeno)

The Rams will face the New York Giants in London on Oct. 23.

“I didn’t have to ask him if he had a passport or not,” Fisher said.

Johnson was injured in Sunday’s 30-19 loss to the Buffalo Bills and is “probably not going to go this week,” Fisher said.

“It’ll be week-to-week,” Fisher said.

The Rams waived undrafted rookie defensive end Morgan Fox to make room for Gratz on their 53-player active roster. Fox was promoted to the active roster from the practice squad on Saturday when the team needed depth on the defensive line with three starters injured.

Fox played on 12 of the Rams 55 plays on defense Sunday, 22 percent, but did not make a tackle.

 

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