The Los Angeles Rams just put their young running back Tre Mason on the “did not report list”. With the release of QB Nick Foles and Deon Long on top of that move. The Rams had room to sign two wide receivers.
It looks as though the Rams are bringing in Austin Hill and his former teammate David Richards. Although they are probably just came bodies, you never really know what is going to happen in the NFL.
Hill is a tall 25-year old receiver. He stands at 6-foot-3 and weighs 209 pounds. Hill ran in the late 4.5-4.6 second range at his pro day. It is worth noting he suffered a torn ACL in 2013 and unfortunately has really never fully recovered and gained his speed back. Here is what NFL.com had to say about in his draft profile.
“Big and physical. Plays to his size. Runs with attitude after the catch and can take weaker cornerbacks for a ride. Puts defenders on his hip and uses his body to shield them. Good chance lateral quickness improves as he continues to trust his recovery from injury. Dedicated weight-room worker. Possesses strong hands and catching the ball comes easily for him. Effective blocker who can help spring big runs. His 2012 film shows very effective play from the slot.”
“Suffered ACL injury that knocked him out for all of 2013. Is noticeably slower since his injury. Still hasn’t recovered to his pre-injury form. Personnel men question his vertical speed. Has to gear down to get into his breaks and is inconsistent at getting separation at the top of his route. Lacks suddenness and can be robotic as a route-runner.”
Oddly enough he is also compared to the old Rams 2011 3rd-round pick Austin Pettis. Hill isn’t guaranteed anything but I do think he has a chance to push some of the other WRs in preseason this year.
Richards is the other addition he stands at 6-foot-3 as well as Hill. It is clear the Rams wanted to bring more size into camp this summer. Richards was an integral part of the 2015 Arizona Wildcats offense. Both receivers have bounced around team-to-team after going undrafted.