The Los Angeles Rams have claimed outside linebacker Jamir Jones off waivers from the Pittsburgh Steelers, according to the NFL transactions report for Wednesday.
Jones, 23, had been waived by the Steelers on Tuesday when the team signed Derrek Tuszka to its active roster. Jones is the second edge rusher lost on waivers by the Steelers this season. Sixth-round pick Quincy Roche was claimed by the New York Giants before the start of the season.
An undrafted free agent out of Notre Dame in 2020, Jones spent time with the Houston Texans but was waived early in training camp and did not catch on with another team.
He signed with the Steelers in April and was buried deep on the depth chart through the summer, but out-played veteran Cassius Marsh and sixth-round draft pick Quincy Roche in training camp and the preseason, where he led the team in sacks.
With injuries to T.J. Watt and Alex Highsmith, Jones was pressed into the starting lineup alongside Melvin Ingram in Week 3 against the Cincinnati Bengals. The depleted lineup failed to sack Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow, snapping the Steelers’ streak of 75 games with at least one sack. According to Pro Football Focus, Jones rushed the passer 22 times in three games, and 11 against Cincinnati, without recording a sack, hit or hurry.
As the game against the Bengals went on, Derrek Tuszka, who was a game-day elevation from the practice squad, earned more playing time than Jones, and finished with 27 snaps to Jones’ 20. Jones was waived in order to make room for Tuszka’s promotion to the active roster on Tuesday.