Making positive yardage
I’m eager to see how the LA Rams offense handles the determination and grit of John Wolford under center. While we’ve seen how Bryce Perkins has performed in the past four preseason games stretching all the way back to the 2021 preseason, you have to dial the time machine all the way back to 2019 to witness Wolford in preseason action.
Wolford was not been a high-volume hurler. He is a smart player, a young man who has endeared himself to head coach Sean McVay because he processes what he sees and makes informed instant decisions. Those decisions may not result in throwing 60 times for 500 yards in a game, but inevitably Wolford finds ways to make yards, move the chains, and keep the offense on the football field.
Wolford will get positive yardage
Some of that positive yardage will come on the ground from scrambling. While that will likely not happen often with starting quarterback Matthew Stafford under center, it does test the Rams’ offensive line in their ability to reform the pocket around a mobile quarterback, as well as kick it into gear and make blocks downfield.
The longer the Rams offense remains on the football field, the more work the entire offense gets in the game. That is not only true of the team’s offensive line, a unit that will invariably be releasing multiple players over the next two weeks, but the team will get more work for those young tight ends, wide receivers, and running backs who need all the offensive snaps that they can get.
And Wolford, like Perkins, tests their ability to not only make the plays called in the huddle, but to process the play on the football field as it unfolds, and to improvise along with the quarterback.