What roles can 10 remaining UDFAs fill with LA Rams in 2021?

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The LA Rams went extremely shallow at the quarterback position for 2020. In fact, the team entered the season with just Jared Goff and John Wolford on the active roster. That placed undrafted rookie QB, Bryce Perkins, just one injury away from making it to the 53-man roster, and two injuries away from an NFL start.

But the moment that Jared Goff was injured last season, the Rams rushed to re-sign Blake Bortles to a contract for the duration of the season.  If nothing else, that reiterated the belief that the 2020 NFL season was simply not enough, with all of the limitations, to grow an undrafted quarterback into the NFL starter capable of taking snaps in the NFL playoffs.  And that is why we lobbied feverishly for the Rams to add quarterback depth.

So where does that leave us this year? Well, we know that the past practice of the team is to carry one backup on the roster and one ‘spare’ on the practice squad. We also know that now that backup quarterback John Wolford has an NFL start under his belt, Perkins is likely looking at another year of the practice squad.

He’s a 6-foot-3, 215-pound who runs a 4.5-second 40-yard dash, fast enough to create plenty of problems for the defense. So what the LA Rams do in the NFL draft will tell the tale. While the Rams did sign Devlin Hodges to a two-year contract, but that should not alter the Rams depth chart in 2021.  Perkins’s role will be very challenged if the Rams spend a draft pick on the position in the 2021 NFL Draft. Otherwise, Perkins is the next-man-up when John Wolford hit free agency in 2022.