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St. Louis Rams Sign Kellen Clemens For Backup QB Job

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Quarterback Kellen Clemens #10 of the St. Louis Rams is carried off the field. He'll be carried back on the field in 2012 as the team's backup quarterback.
Quarterback Kellen Clemens #10 of the St. Louis Rams is carried off the field. He'll be carried back on the field in 2012 as the team's backup quarterback.

After trying out a few different options, the St. Louis Rams found a familiar face to be their backup quarterback this season. According to Jim Thomas, the team signed Kellen Clemens to a one-year deal. He joins Sam Bradford and Tom Brandstater on the quarterback section of the depth chart.

With Sam Bradford and A.J. Feeley, his primary backup the last two seasons, both hurting, the Rams grabbed Clemens off waivers on Dec. 7 last year. Clemens was thrust into starting duty the last three weeks of the season.

Over that stretch, Clemens completed 48 of 91 passes, 52.7 percent, for 546 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. Of course, by that time the Rams were a shell of a team, using mostly street free agents along the offensive line. Clemens was sacked three times in each of those games.

Rams offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer should be plenty familiar with Clemens from their time together in New York. The Jets' second-round pick in 2006, Clemens played there for seasons that overlapped with Schottenheimer's time as the Jets' OC. During that stretch, Clemens started a total of nine games.

The Rams also re-signed Tom Brandstater, an exclusive rights free agent who they picked up mid-season last year. I do wonder if they will look at some QB options in the late part of the draft.