The Los Angeles Rams sign defensive tackle Cory Durden to practice squad
The Los Angeles Rams have made a recent addition to their defensive line with the signing of defensive tackle Cory Durden to the practice squad. Durden, who previously played with the Detroit Lions alongside former Rams quarterback Jared Goff, was signed on Tuesday, September 19, as reported by the league’s transaction wire.
Durden’s Background and Skill Set
Cory Durden, standing at 6-foot-4 and weighing 290 pounds, entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent after the 2023 NFL Draft. However, he was eventually waived by the Lions during the finalization of their 53-man roster in August. Durden played college football at North Carolina State and was described by draft expert Lance Zierlein as a zero-technique nose tackle in an odd front, but possessing the build and skill set for a three-technique in a four-man front.
Durden’s Potential Role with the Rams
The decision to sign Durden likely stems from the Rams’ recent promotions of Brett Maher and Brett Rypien from the practice squad, which created an opening for a new addition. With the Rams primarily utilizing an odd man front under defensive coordinator Raheem Morris, Durden has the opportunity to contribute as an interior defender alongside star Aaron Donald and rookie Kobie Turner.
The Rams’ Performance against the 49ers’ Run Offense
In their recent game against the San Francisco 49ers, the Rams faced a challenge in defending the opposing team’s running attack. Pro Football Focus reported that the Rams had a total of 22 tackles on running plays, with inside linebacker Ernest Jones leading the team with six stops. Jonah Williams stood out among the trench defenders, recording four tackles against the run. Despite not registering any tackles or sacks, Aaron Donald played a crucial role in funneling plays away from him throughout the game.
Regarding the Rams’ pass defense, they managed to contain the 49ers’ receivers, with none of them surpassing 63 receiving yards individually. Additionally, the Rams did not give up any completions of more than 35 yards.
Overall, Durden’s signing to the Rams’ practice squad provides them with additional depth and options in the defensive trenches. His past connection with Jared Goff and his potential fit within the Rams’ defensive scheme make him an intriguing addition to the team.