Austin Davis started camp as the St. Louis Rams primary backup quarterback. This week, after an underwhelming showing against the Browns in the preseason opener, Davis will work as the third quarterback, behind Kellen Clemens.
Might want to tell Bernie Kosar not to watch.
"Kellen had an opportunity to run around and make some plays there [against the Browns]," Fisher said after Monday's practice. "We had a couple breakdowns up front in fairness to Austin."
Davis went 9-for-16 last week, with 96 yards and no touchdowns or interceptions. He averaged a Shurmur-esque six yards per attempt.
The Rams snagged Davis as an undrafted rookie free agent last year. The Southern Mississippi product spent the year as the team's third quarterback, but his work in the preseason last year was enough to make the Rams believers.
In four 2012 preseason games, Davis finished with 220 yards, no touchdowns and one interception. He was 22-for-34, completing more than 64 percent of his pass attempts against second- and third-string competition.
Fisher semi-officially elevated Davis to the second quarterback spot this spring, as TST reported from the February Combine. Of course, Clemens was scheduled for free agency at the time, and did not re-sign with the Rams until the middle of April. Nevertheless, Fisher said Davis would be the No. 2, even if the Rams had had Clemens on the roster at the time.
Now, the order behind Sam Bradford is jumbled.
Clemens was just 6-for-13 with 116 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions against Cleveland. Neither quarterback had a very impressive performance, and now Fisher is opening the competition for the backup job.
"We'll flip it this week and let Kellen take those ‘2' reps," the coach said.
Don't expect the race to be settled anytime soon.
"We're going to rotate them every week," he said. "One will get the (No.) ‘2' (spot) and we'll switch them back and forth. They're both competing."