Are the LA Rams leaning to mobile quarterbacks? More and more evidence leading up to Training camp suggests yes
The LA Rams have pocket QB Jared Goff as the starter for the foreseeable future. He is a traditional upright-in-the-pocket quarterback who is not exactly immobile, but he won’t beat you with his legs. He is, however, working on improving his footwork to help him avoid a determined pass rush. His presumed backup is former Wake Forest quarterback John Wolford.
Wolford is a 6-foot-1, 200-pound feisty and determined player who is a bona fide dual-threat quarterback. To complement his Wake Forest production of 8,794 yards and 59 TDs through the air, he put up 1,120 yards and 19 TDs on the ground as well. Signing on with the Rams in 2019, Wolford came out of nowhere to beat out Brandon Allen for the Rams third quarterback spot. This year, he seems to have won the backup quarterback spot by default, as the Rams did not re-sign veteran Blake Bortles.
This season, the Rams did not draft a quarterback. Instead, the team signed two players after the 2020 NFL Draft. The first being San Jose State’s Josh Love, a 6-foot-2, 199-pound drop-back passer who earned the distinction as the 10th-ranked quarterback from the 2020 NFL Draft class. He has a strong arm and showed it off as he ripped through the competition in his senior year for 3,923 years and 22 TDs through the air.
The second being Virginia’s Bryce Perkins, a 6-foot-3, 215-pound dual-threat quarterback who is a bit of a demi-god at his alma mater after passing for 311 yards and 3 TDs and rushing for 169 yards and 2 more TDs snapped a 15-game losing streak to rival Virginia Tech. Perkins is a very intriguing prospect because he fits more of an understudy role to Wolford than Goff. Why would the Rams, whose offense has dominated the NFL in yardage and scoring, suddenly veer towards mobility in their younger quarterbacks?
Well, one reason could be taht the returning NFC Champions, the San Francisco 49ers, struggle to contain and beat a mobile quarterback. Is something brewing with the Rams that body is picking up on? A curious situation is developing in the LA Rams QB room.