6 LA Rams players who could be playing their last season in horns
Clap for the Wolfman
The two elements of the Rams QB John Wolford that continue to work to maintain him on the roster have been his ridiculously affordable price coupled with his knowledge of the team’s playbook. After all, it was a wonderful luxury for the team to send Wolford out to work with the starting offense and the receivers to allow individualized work with newly arrived veteran quarterback Matthew Stafford.
Wolford knows the offense, and that means that OTAs, training camp, and even the preparation before preseason games are optimized. It has also afforded the Rams excellent work with in-season practices as Wolford has run the scouting team nearly flawlessly.
Still, the backup quarterback should be about the guy who can take over for the starter and give the team a reasonable chance for success. As the Rams’ offense deviates more and more from that run-centric offense used to bolster the performance of Jared Goff to the pass-centric offense that is more equipped to harness the raw energy of veteran quarterback Matthew Stafford, Wolford’s ability to run this offense slips further and further away.
While not a significant sample size, the Rams pulled starters off the field in the fourth quarter of two games and sent John Wolford onto the field for 24 offensive snaps. In that small sample, Wolford completed one of four passes for five yards and threw one interception. For his career, he has completed 23 of 42 for 236 yards, 0 touchdowns, and two interceptions. It’s not vindictive to conclude that Wolford’s ability to develop, improve, and add value to this offense has peaked.
That likely makes him a roster casualty heading into 2023, even at a deeply discounted price.