Ed "Pi Double i" Henderson
The Oakland Raiders have signed linebacker Dakota Allen from the Los Angeles Rams practice squad. Allen, who impressed just about everyone on the coaching staff immediately became the fan-favorite in Los Angeles from competitive play.
Shock-waves went through the Rams fan base once the final cuts of the 53-man roster finalized, and Allen was not listed.After not making the final cuts, the Rams quickly signed Allen as a practice squad player after clearing waivers. The rookie linebacker from Texas Tech University was grateful even to have the opportunity to be with a team. Head Coach Sean Mcvay and Les Snead remained optimistic that Allen would clear waivers and they made it a priority to get him signed.
Allen fulfilled his childhood dream and a promise that he committed to after a brush with the law. During his sophomore year at Texas Tech, Allen got arrested for breaking into a home during the winter school break stealing a gun safe containing seven firearms, a 40-inch TV, and two digital cameras. Following his arrest, Allen was subsequently dismissed from the Texas Tech football program and school transferring to an East Mississippi Community College.
Allen starred in the NETFLIX documentary on "Last Chance U" as he revived his career by winning a national junior college championship with East Mississippi Community College. Allen would contact Texas Tech shortly after graduating from EMCC and spoke to the coaching staff and administration and won them over for a second chance. It paid off as the Rams drafted Allen in the seventh round of the 2019 NFL Draft.
The practice does not protect any player as any other NFL teams can sign a player off any practice squad to their active roster. Like the case, the Raiders who injuries to their defense have decimated a team, signed Allen who will have the opportunity to play immediately.
The Rams will genuinely miss this kid who defied against all the odds to get his life right and make it at the next level.