Rams’ Raheem Morris reacts to meeting with player he once cut

Rams’ Raheem Morris reacts to meeting with player he once cut

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For Takkarist McKinley, joining the Los Angeles Rams is more than just a moment in the City of Angels for the former UCLA Bruins star.

He’s also more than just the 26-year-old trying to save a career who has seen others label him a first-round bust, having yet to reach the double-digit sack mark and recently dealing with a tendon rupture. of Achilles. For the 6-foot-2, 265-pounder, this opportunity from the Rams presents one more moment for him:

Meet with the head coach who once separated him from the Atlanta Falcons.

Raheem Morris has spoken for the first time since signing on Wednesday, Sept. 21, to bring McKinley to the Tennessee Titans’ practice squad. The Rams’ second-year defensive coordinator revealed where things stand between him and ‘Takk,’ shared what that moment was like releasing the former 26th overall pick and finally, what their relationship has been like since that departure from Atlanta.

“Rocky…and good”

One of the first questions Morris was asked during his news conference on Thursday, Sept. 22, was about the defensive end he once coached on an interim basis.

“My journey with Takk has been rough and good, wherever he’s been,” Morris said.

The decision to part ways with McKinley was made on November 9, 2020, after McKinley posted a series of tweets criticizing the Falcons in hopes that he would be traded. McKinley was eventually fined for his social media outburst according to the Atlanta Constitution-Journal.

Since leaving, McKinley has made brief pit stops with the Cleveland Browns and more recently with the Titans. The first was where he only lasted one season and started just two games.

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But even with McKinley changing area codes, the man who helped cut him down found a way to keep in touch with him.

“Obviously I had to cut Takk in Atlanta, for different reasons in Atlanta. As the head coach at the time it happened, we obviously had our differences of opinion and things of that nature,” Morris said. “But we always stayed pretty close, even last year and years ago. I have always been able to talk to him about his personal life, I have always been able to talk to him about his children, about being a father, about some of those things that have brought us together.

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McKinley arrives at a time when Leonard Floyd is struggling with a knee injury, although Floyd was seen exercising with a special sleeve fitted to the injured condition.

Perhaps Aaron Donald will get some additional new help in the form of McKinley. And Thursday marked the first time McKinley had the opportunity to wear the Rams’ practice uniform.

“I haven’t seen anything yet. But I’ve heard good things about him and what he can bring to the table,” Donald told reporters on Thursday. “I’m excited to see him obviously training and if you have any chance of seeing him in the game, watch to see what he can bring to the table. »

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In the meantime, Morris has smiled because he has another chance to work with McKinley, and he’s proud to invest in his players, regardless of how they’ve operated in the past.

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“We always want to have the opportunity to give people a second chance,” Morris said. “He’s a guy that can help us with the pass rush and I think he’s a guy that deserves a second chance. And I hope that he can come and do really good things for us.

“I am completely and totally committed to the players I coach and deal with, regardless of the outcome and how it plays out,” Morris continued. “I am proud of that ability to be able to do that. »

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