The NFL preseason is dwindling down and each team will need to make a few decisions on who to keep and cut on their rosters. The Los Angeles Rams are no exception.
On Saturday, the Los Angeles Rams along with every other team will cut down their rosters to just 53 players. The Rams have a few key decisions to make before that date is upon us. One of the most important decisions that must be made, is the backup quarterback position.
As of now, the backup spot belongs to Sean Mannion until further notice. Mannion has been less than stellar this preseason, completing 24 of his 46 attempts (dreadful 52 percent) for 168 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions.
Brandon Allen has also gotten some run at quarterback with the Rams this preseason as well. Allen has been solid, completing 26 of his 39 attempts (67 percent) for 204 yards with a touchdown and interception. He wasn’t terrible (well, I guess it depends on your definition of terrible), but as a Rams fan, you have to be nervous knowing there’s no reliable guy behind Jared Goff.
Yesterday, Sean McVay announced we’ll finally get a look at Luis Perez for the team’s preseason finale against the New Orleans Saints. Perez has been stashed as the fourth-string quarterback all through training camp and preseason.
We’ve heard about how talented Perez is, but have yet to get a sneak peek of his play. It’s kind of puzzling why we haven’t seen him at all this preseason, especially considering the poor play from the other quarterbacks.
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Either way, we’ll likely get one half from Perez, and it’s also likely Rams will use a practice squad spot for him.
Along with announcing the debut of Perez, McVay also stated “he feels good” about Mannion as the backup. Mannion will not take any snaps in the Rams preseason finale against the Saints. This could mean plenty of things. He also said they’ll evaluate everything, so hopefully it’s not a done deal that Mannion is holding the clipboard behind Goff. I think the best solution for the Rams is to move on from Mannion and trade for their possible backup quarterback.
The next few days will be filled with moves being made, including trades. There are a couple of quarterbacks who are likely available via trade and Rams should definitely look at all of their options. Teddy Bridgewater is no longer an option, having been traded to the Saints recently. So who should Rams go after?
Griffin will likely be the odd man out, especially since Jackson was the Ravens first-round pick, in hopes to be their future starter. Although he’s not the same player he once was, I believe Griffin would be a nice fit as the backup quarterback of the Rams.
In Washington, McVay was on the coaching staff during Griffin’s tenure there. McVay knows the talent Griffin possesses as a quarterback. It also gives Griffin a level of comfortability having worked with McVay before. Injuries have hindered Griffin’s career making him a former Rookie of the Year, to being a guy fighting for a roster spot. It’s tragic we’ll never know how good Griffin could’ve been.
The Rams might not need to trade for RG3 if he’s cut, but the Ravens may try to squander something in return for him. It won’t take a huge package to deal for Griffin, so why shouldn’t the Rams make this move?
Unless Jacoby Brissett is available (which is unlikely due to Andrew Luck’s situation), Griffin is probably the best option out there for the Rams. It will likely take a late round pick to secure Griffin, so there isn’t much risk involved.
Trading for Griffin wouldn’t completely solve the Rams backup quarterback issue, but fans would definitely feel better about the situation. It would help the Rams in the short-term at the least. If the Rams want to continue to get better they must build from the bottom up, including their backup quarterback spot.
We do know this trade involving Griffin is possible because the Rams haven’t been shy to make moves this offseason. If it were to happen, this would build on what is already a successful offseason for the new-look Los Angeles Rams.