The Rams have added an offensive tackle from Italy to their training-camp roster through an NFL program that gives young players from outside the United States and Canada a chance to compete for roster spots.
Max Pircher, who is 6-foot-7 and 300 pounds, has played for a Central European Football League team in Innsbruck, Austria, a German league team in Hildesheim, and the Italian national team.
The NFL’s International Player Pathway program, established in 2017, assigns players to teams from one division each season. It’s the NFC West this year.
A player remains with the assigned team through training camp and then, if waived, can be signed to another team’s 53-man roster or practice squad.
Players from the program and its predecessor have made NFL active rosters in the past, including current Patriots fullback Jakob Johnson (from Germany), Bills defensive end Efe Obada (UK) and Eagles tackle Jordan Mailata (Australia).
Teams participating in the program are allowed to carry one more than the limit of 90 players on their rosters at the start of summer training camp.
With the addition of Pircher, the Rams list 88 players on their roster. That includes nine chosen in last week’s NFL draft, led by wide receiver Tutu Atwell of Louisville, and nine rookies signed as undrafted free agents.