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Getty Raheem Morris of the Rams

For Takkarist McKinley, joining the Los Angeles Rams is much more than a City of Angels full circle moment for the past UCLA Bruins star.

It’s also much more than just the 26-year-old trying to salvage a career that has seen others label him a first round bust — as he’s yet to hit the double-digit sack mark and has dealt with a ruptured Achilles tendon recently.

For the 6-foot-2, 265-pounder, this Rams opportunity presents one more moment for him:

Getting reacquainted with the head coach who once cut him from the Atlanta Falcons.

Raheem Morris spoke out for the first time since the Wednesday, September 21 signing to bring McKinley over via the Tennessee Titans practice squad. The second-year Rams defensive coordinator revealed where things once were between he and “Takk,” shared what that moment was like in releasing the former No. 26 overall pick and lastly, how their relationship has been since that Atlanta departure.

‘Rocky…& Good’

One of the first questions asked to Morris in his media session on Thursday, September 22 involved the defensive end he once coached on an interim basis.

“My background with Takk has been both rocky and good, whatever place he’s been,” Morris said.

The decision to part ways with McKinley came on November 9, 2020 — in the aftermath of McKinley posting a barrage of tweets that blasted the Falcons with the hope he would be traded. McKinley was eventually fined for his social media outburst according to the Atlanta Constitution-Journal.

Since his departure, McKinley has had brief pit stops with the Cleveland Browns and most recently the Titans. The former was where he lasted just one season and started in only two games.

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

“Obviously I had to cut Takk in Atlanta, for various different reasons in Atlanta. Being the head coach at the time when it happened, we obviously had our differences in opinion and things of that nature,” Morris said. “But we’ve always remained fairly close, just even last year and years ago. I’ve always been able to talk to him about his personal life, always been able to talk to him about his children, being a father, some of those things that made us close.”

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McKinley comes in during a time Leonard Floyd is dealing with a knee injury, though Floyd was seen going through drills with a special sleeve fit over that injured ailment.

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

“I haven’t really seen nothing yet. But I’ve heard some good things about him and what he can bring,” Donald told reporters Thursday. “So just excited to obviously see him practice and if he gets some opportunities to see him in the game, then watch to see what he can bring.”

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Meanwhile, Morris smiled at the fact that he gets one new opportunity to work with McKinley — priding himself on being invested in his players regardless of how they worked out in the past.

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

“I completely and totally invest myself in the players I coach and the players that I deal with, no matter how the result is and how it plays out,” Morris continued. “I pride myself in that ability to be able to do that.”

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College football fans annoyed with Aaron Judge cut-ins during games

Yankees slugger Aaron Judge is chasing home run history, and it’s cutting into college football time. Fans aren’t thrilled about the broadcast diverting from the NCAA game.

New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge is chasing home run history, just one homer away from tying the franchise and AL single-season home run record of 61. It’s a big deal but it’s spilling into other sports now, including college football. College football fans aren’t particularly thrilled about having to see baseball coverage during their games.

Stewart Mandel of The Athletic Tweeted an example of a cut-in and wrote, “Brutal. People who care about baseball will watch baseball.”

Brutal. People who care about baseball will watch baseball. https://t.co/SvKakogYZm

— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) September 24, 2022

The disappointment is understandable. Though it’s a huge deal in MLB and one of the most historic moments possibly in our lifetime, considering the previous records were set 61 years ago, not everyone cares about baseball.

Quite frankly, not everyone needs to care about baseball. People tune into a college football game to watch college football, so it’s a bit unfair to start streaming baseball to a group of the wrong fanbase.

The NCAA fans, analysts and experts watching are expressing their annoyance as well.

College football analysts, experts and fans react to Aaron Judge cut-ins during games

NCAA fans aren’t holding back their thoughts on the shared baseball broadcast. The Transfer Portal CFB Tweeted, “We go live to Yankee Stadium as Aaron Judge…” with a clip of Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin saying, “We don’t care.”

"We go live to Yankee Stadium as Aaron Judge…" pic.twitter.com/xqcRM7asOT

— The Transfer Portal CFB (@TPortalCFB) September 24, 2022

Tomlin wasn’t referring directly to the situation, as the clip was from a previous press conference, but the fan found it as the perfect description of the scenario.

RedditCFB also took a jab at the situation and Tweeted, “Ok but what’s his completion rate during Aaron Judge at-bats?”

They quote Tweeted a post by David Hale of ESPN that shared Sam Hartman’s stats.

Ok but whats his completion rate during Aaron Judge at-bats? https://t.co/z2lVPhB7n5

— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) September 24, 2022

Tom Fornelli of CBS Sports Tweeted, “I don’t know who needs to hear this but the people who want to see Aaron Judge’s at bats can choose to watch the Yankees game. They have that option.”

I dont know who needs to hear this but the people who want to see Aaron Judges at bats can choose to watch the Yankees game. They have that option.

— Tom Fornelli (@TomFornelli) September 24, 2022

This is valid. There are, in fact, channels to stream the Yankees game if fans choose.

One fan Tweeted a humorous gif of Elmo looking distressed, a comparison they found fit for Clemson and Wake Forest fans trying to watch the game.

ABC: “We’ll now take a quick break from the game to show you Aaron Judge…”

Clemson and Wake Forest fans: pic.twitter.com/MeR4ElYKz9

— Brian Y (@byysports) September 24, 2022

Brandon Chubb, former Wake Forest and current Detroit Lions linebacker, had a message for ABC. He Tweeted, “[email protected] if I wanted to see Aaron judge hit a home run I would turn to the Yankees game.”

[email protected] if I wanted to see Aaron judge hit a home run I would turn to the Yankees game

— Brandon Chubb (@4ocho) September 24, 2022

The frustration is understandable, and it’s unfair for college football fans to have to watch a sport they may not be interested in.

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