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Reviewing the Rams backup quarterback situation

  • Bryce Perkins
  • Jared Goff
  • John Wolford
  • Josh Love
  • Los Angeles Rams
  • Sean McVay
By Eli Pearl August 1, 2020 0 Comment

Jared Goff is the undisputed starter for the Los Angeles Rams at quarterback, but what does the rest of the room look like?

As the off-season winds down and training camps start, most NFL teams have their rosters largely intact. The Rams roster is looking pretty finalized, except for at backup quarterback. Today we’ll be looking at the three guys the Rams have that are going to compete for the back, and at the end explaining the most likely scenario.

John Wolford

John Wolford is surprisingly recognizable, but has an unorthodox football story. A Florida high school football star, Wolford went to Wake Forest and in four years became a football legend at the school. In four years he held the record for the most single season passing yards and touchdowns, and tied the record for most touchdowns in one game. Wolford definitely was impressive. But undersized Wake Forest quarterbacks aren’t guys who usually are at the top of draft boards. Wolford wasn’t drafted, and was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Jets. He was cut quickly, which in retrospect appears to be a blessing in disguise.

Wolford then signed with the Arizona Hotshots in an up and coming league called the AAF. And this is where Wolford really demonstrated his talent. In the AAF’s only season, Wolford was one of the best players in the AAF’s season, and put many NFL scouts on notice. One of those teams was the Rams. Following the collapse of the AAF, Wolford signed with the Rams and became the third stringer behind Jared Goff and Blake Bortles. But with Mr. Blake “Drafted before Khalil Mack and Aaron Donald” Bortles gone, Wolford is the most likely candidate to be Goff’s backup this year. 

Bryce Perkins

Bryce Perkins was an undrafted free agent this year with an unorthodox journey to the NFL. The younger brother of former UCLA star Paul Perkins, Bryce was originally a player at ASU. But Perkins had a freak accident in practice which fractured his C4 and C5 vertebrae in his neck. Funnily enough, I injured those two vertebrae after getting dropped on my head by a drunk New Zealand cop at a wedding, but that’s a story for another day. Perkins recovered from the injury and transferred to Arizona Western College. In the JUCO setting Perkins thrived, and caught the attention of the University of Virginia. Bryce transferred to UVA, and in two seasons was a pretty solid quarterback. Perkins caught the eye of Les Snead, as the Rams signed him following two years at Virginia. Bryce is a dual threat quarterback who would have benefited from a preseason. 

Josh Love

Josh Love was the quarterback at Long Beach Poly, one of the most iconic sports schools in the nation. Poly has sent the most players to the NFL of any high school, including the likes of Willie McGinest, Juju Smith-Schuster, Jurrell Casey, Desean Jackson, Jamize Olawale, Jayon Brown, Iman Marshall, and many more. Josh Love is looking to continue the Poly tradition. Barely recruited out of high school, Love walked on at San Jose State. After red-shirting his freshman year, Love went on to start the next four years. Love really broke out in 2019, being named the Mountain West offensive player of the year. Following his season Love declared for the draft. Love signed with the Rams as a free agent, and hopefully will stay on the roster. It’ll be interesting to see how he competes with Perkins and Wolford for the backup spot.

What will happen?

With a preseason, it would be much easier for the Rams to make a decision of who will be Goff’s backup this year. But due to COVID-19, preseason has been cancelled. The circumstances immensely helps John Wolford and hurts Perkins and Love. Due to this, Wolford is practically a lock for the backup spot. The Rams will have to make a decision of who’s the third stringer, and who will be on the practice squad, and it’s a toss up between the two. Perkins may be the third stringer because he played in a harder conference. However, Love was more impressive in college and has more experience. 

Hopefully Jared Goff is good and healthy enough that we never have to see any of these guys touch the field this year, but in the case that Goff goes down, the Rams definitely have options in who to replace him. 

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