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Additions of Williams and Curl bring Experience and “Violence” to Rams’ Secondary

With three members of last season’s secondary in the free agent pool and one having already signed with another team, the Rams needed to add some DB help in free agency. They did just that in the first few days of the legal tampering period, signing two under-the-radar stars in CB Darious Williams and S Kamren Curl. Here a few things that you may want to know about two of the newest members of the LA Rams…

Darious Williams:

Williams is returning to LA, having played with the Rams previously during the 2018-2021 seasons. Although he did not see the field much early in his time with LAR, but he eventually moved his way up the depth chart and claimed a starting role behind Jalen Ramsey. In his two years away from the Rams he served as the Jaguars CB #1. During his two seasons in Jacksonville, he did not miss a game, recording 35 pass deflections and 98 tackles. Last season, Williams earned a respectable 79.5 PFF grade despite allowing 51 catches on 86 targets. It is also interesting to note that he did not commit any penalties last season. Whether last season’s starter Ahkello Witherspoon walks in free agency or not, expect to see Williams as the Ram’s CB #1 next season.

Kamren Curl:

This signing really excites me. At 24 years old, Curl is young star who should fit right in with the Rams’ young, talented roster. He was a 7th round draft pick by the Commanders in 2020, immediately finding success in the league in his rookie year, leading all rookie DBs in coverage grade and leading the league in run stop grade. His highlights showcase his proficiency in recognizing offensive plays and flying in to make, what Curl has called in his own words, ‘violent’ tackles. Despite his violent style of play, Curl has only committed four penalties since joining the league in 2020. He recorded a pedestrian 66.6 PFF grade last season, but he started the campaign strong by not allowing a touchdown through the first nine games of 2023.

Of the 33 defensive penalties committed by the Rams’ defense last season, 23 of them came from members of the secondary, so adding two players who have avoided flags in recent years will be a big help to the Rams’ pass defense. Williams already has a proven track record with the Rams and should quickly fit right back in with McVay’s squad, while Curl’s skillset and personality should quickly turn him into a favorite of DC Chris Shula’s. Personally, I’m pretty excited to see both these guys in action for the Rams this Fall.


UPDATE (3/26): The Rams are signing former Bills All-Pro and Pro Bowl CB Tre’Davious White to a one-year deal worth up to $10 million.


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