Exploring QB options for Rams if Stafford’s elbow keeps him to the side
All eyes are on Matthew Stafford and his nagging elbow injury as the Super Bowl defending champion navigates training camp.
He told reporters he has “a little pain” and “we’re working on that” while head coach Sean McVay doesn’t seem worried about his star signal caller not being available to start the season.
Although the Rams were wait a minute With Stafford, there’s no guarantee he’ll hit 100% before the season starts – or even during it.
If Stafford misses time, the Rams will have to switch to John Wolford or Bryce Perkins. Of the two, only Wolford is experienced, starting a game in 2020 where he shoots 22 for 38 with 231 yards and one interception. Last year, he appeared in three games, going 1v4 in 5 metres, and was an pick overall.
Are you comfortable with that duo?
I wouldn’t be surprised if the Rams move for a midfielder, even if it’s only in a few games.
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Here are some people they could consider.
If the Rams don’t want to get someone through the trade, they can look to the (extremely dry) free agency market. Can McVay use Cam Newton, Mike Glennon, or AJ McCarron in a few games? Or, if the 49ers eventually drop Jimmy Garoppolo, could the Rams be a surprise team to pick him up? I don’t see any way for the 49ers and Rams to complete a deal for the 30-year-old, so Los Angeles will have to wait and see if the Niners release him around the final day of August 30.
Super Bowl LII MVP Nick Foles signed a two-year contract to support Matt Ryan in Indianapolis.
While the Colts love the idea of keeping Foles around in the event something happens to their 37-year-old midfielder, they may well be ready to part with him if it means an additional option in the Premier League. draft next season. Foles hasn’t played much since bringing Philly a title, but he’s as solid a reserve defender as you could ask, filling in superbly for the Bears over the past two seasons.
Keenum is currently sitting behind Josh Allen on the Buffalo depth chart after the Bills sent a seventh-round player to Cleveland to buy him. Allen is clearly not going anywhere, and he is as tenacious quarterback as the league has. It would be nice to have a usable backup, but I can’t imagine the Bills would turn down a better pick than the seventh round they gave up to get Keenum. The 34-year-old played well in 2017 and 2018 at the start, and would be a good choice to keep the Rams around for the long period that Stafford may be out.
The best option that comes to mind would be 29-year-old Taylor Heinicke of Washington Command. Heinecke proved he can play good football, throwing more than 3,400 yards and making 20 touches in 16 games last season. Washington has traded in for Carson Wentz this season, and will no doubt give him power as a full-time starter. If Stafford ends up missing out for a long time, Heinecke would be the best bet to keep the Rams on the hunt in NFC.
It was too early in the training camp for the Rams to move. But they have a winning roster, and are keen to be the first team since the 2004 and 2005 Patriots to repeat as Super Bowl champions. If they feel Stafford isn’t ready to play on September 8th, they shouldn’t be shy about cementing their place in the most important position in football.