A new report suggests the Los Angeles Rams could potentially replace Jared Goff with Sean Mannion if the former No. 1 pick struggles in 2017.
Between an improved offensive line thanks to the signing of Andrew Whitworth in free agency to providing better weapons to work with in the passing game thanks to the NFL Draft, the Los Angeles Rams have done everything in their power to make life easier for Jared Goff in 2017. Expectations are high for the former California star heading into his second season with the team, but even though Goff seems to have been making progress over the last few months, it appears the Rams will be considering all options at quarterback heading into next season.
Bleacher Report’s Jason Cole recently discussed how members within the organization have also been impressed with the development of backup quarterback Sean Mannion. And depending on how things play out with Goff in the regular season, one individual close with both quarterbacks believes Los Angeles would make the switch to Mannion if the former No. 1 pick from the 2016 NFL Draft struggles during the regular season.
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Obviously, hearing the report about Mannion showing signs of improvement in numerous areas during the offseason is a major relief since it can be difficult at times for a team to find a reliable backup quarterback. But even if Goff somehow finds a way to struggle like he did during the seven games he started under center as a rookie in 2016, benching him this early on would seem like a poor choice for the Rams.
When considering the fact that Los Angeles surrendered the No. 5 pick in this year’s draft to the Tennessee Titans just to land Goff last year, it’s easy to understand why the team is so anxious to get the best out of their quarterback as quickly as possible. In fact, the Rams are most likely feeling even more anxious to get the ball finally rolling with Goff after seeing the immediate impact made by Carson Wentz and Dak Prescott last year.
With that being said, Goff finds himself in a much different position than his classmates from the 2016 NFL Draft after seeing what he had to work with as a rookie, but at least Los Angeles has put him in a good position heading into his sophomore year. Goff may deal with struggles from time to time next year, but potentially replacing him with Mannion would be a terrible decision, and only delay his development progress even more, which is the last thing the team can afford to see happen since it’s still very early in his career.