If you thought that the LA Rams were sticking exclusively to rookies to round out the players for the 2023 NFL season, you were not along. The team needed to add 46 new faces to the Rams roster to reach the 90-man roster, and after adding 14 rookies via the 2023 NFL Draft and 26 rookies signed after the draft, the team fell six players short.
Now, after adding this young but established NFL quarterback, the Rams roster is up to 85 players and has just five more openings. Who is it, you ask? Former Denver Broncos quarterback Brett Rypien, that's who.
While he is a veteran of three NFL seasons and boasts a 2-1 record, I would not get overly optimistic over Rypien's arrival to the LA Rams roster just yet. While standing 6-foot-2 and weighing in at 202 pounds is a decent size for an NFL quarterback, he has not exactly boasted a promising NFL career to date.
While Rypien has many of the intangibles that help NFL quarterbacks to succeed, he has some glaring weaknesses that pose huge hurdles for him to make the LA Rams roster. As far as those weaknesses, he has thrown just four touchdown passes to eight interception so far. Compounding ball security concerns even further, he has committed five fumbles as well. 13 turnovers to just 261 offensive snaps is not just concerning, it's alarming.
He does get the chance to make downfield forward passes, completing 80 of his 130 attempts for 778 yards, four touchdowns and eight interceptions. He has also been sacked nine times for a loss of 47 yards.
I'm not saying that he is completely a camp arm. After all, the Rams' other two backup quarterbacks are currently two rookies: Former Georgia quarterback Stetson Bennett and former Tennessee Martin quarterback Dresser WInn. So in terms of depth, Rypien is more of an off-season need than many teams may exhibit.
But for now, the LA Rams training camp is only as far as I can project him until he shows something more.