Providing Jared Goff with a veteran backup like Matt Cassel could be a wise move for the Los Angeles Rams in free agency.
If there were anything to takeaway from the seven starts made by Jared Goff during his rookie season with the Los Angeles Rams in 2016, it would be the quarterback still has plenty of developing to do heading into his sophomore season with the team. Of course, the Rams didn’t make life easier for last year’s top pick in the draft when looking at the weapons they gave Goff to work with, but hopefully the team can make the necessary adjustments to make sure that doesn’t happen again in 2017.
Between fixing their offensive line and providing better options in the passing game, Los Angeles has plenty to work on over the next couple of months if Goff is going to show any improvement during his sophomore season. With that being said, the team may also want to consider adding another veteran at quarterback to help Goff’s development, and the one name the Rams may want to keep in mind is Matt Cassel.
Despite bouncing around to three teams over the last two seasons, Cassel still appears to have a little gas left in the tank, and could bring plenty to the table when it comes up helping guide Goff to turning an offense around that only averaged 14 points per game all of last season. Los Angeles could easily result to bringing Case Keenum back, but he’s been given plenty of opportunities over the years to prove himself at the NFL level, and continues to be a disappointment.
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Plus, Keenum seemed a little frustrated last year when Jeff Fisher made the decision to replace him with Goff in Week 10, and the last thing the Rams want to see happen is this become an issue again. At least with Cassel, the veteran would join Los Angeles with a full understanding of what his role would be with the team when it comes to helping Goff, and didn’t look too bad during his lone start in Week 16 against the Houston Texans .
Cassel may be turning 35 in the middle of May, but the veteran doesn’t seem ready to call it quits anytime soon, and should be on the Rams’ radar once free agency gets underway in a few weeks.