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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Rams exploring backup QB options

By on 2/26/2014 07:07:00 PM

After St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford's 2013 campaign was cut short by a torn ACL, head coach Jeff Fisher quickly laid to rest any speculation that the Rams would be in the market for a new starting quarterback moving forward. However, even with Bradford's starting job solidified, finding a stable backup situation has to be a priority for the Rams.

After Bradford went down with a torn ACL in Week 7, Kellen Clemens took over as the primary signal caller and exceeded all expectations (if any at all), throwing for 1,673 yards, eight touchdowns and seven interceptions. Still Fisher would not say if Clemens, who is a pending free agent, would be back with the Rams in 2014.
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"Well we've got Austin Davis," Fisher said via's Nick Wagoner. "I was really happy with his progress. Still there's a possibility that we would bring Kellen back. Kellen's an outstanding locker room guy and very competitive. And if that were the case we'd probably flip things to where Austin would be (No.) 2 and Kellen would be 3."

Davis and Clemens competed for the backup job last preseason. Ultimately, Clemens won the job and Davis was cut. The Rams would re-sign Davis as Clemens' backup after Bradford's injury. It looks like Davis and Clemens could be facing off in another competition for the backup job this summer. But it looks like Fisher and the Rams are hoping for a different result this time around. 

The possibility of the Rams signing another quarterback via free agency during the offseason also cannot be ruled out. There are plenty of veteran quarterbacks available that would serve any team well in a backup role, including Josh McCown of the Chicago Bears, Michael Vick of the Philadelphia Eagles and Matt Schaub of the Houston Texans.


  1. Truth is Sam Bradford should be the backup, not the starter. They will finally realize that at some point in the season. Sticking with him is only going to delay the progress this team has made up to now. Unfortunately they will not be the competitive team they hope to be until the Right QB is in place. That is first and foremost. And unfortunately... they are in a unique position with the second overall pick to get that QB but don't recognize it.