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Los Angeles Rams Release Initial Depth Chart, QB Jared Goff Not Starting

The Rams distributed a training camp preview that included a list of projected starters...including QB Case Keenum.

2016 Los Angeles Rams QBs Case Keenum, Jared Goff and QB Coach Chris Weinke
2016 Los Angeles Rams QBs Case Keenum, Jared Goff and QB Coach Chris Weinke
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The Los Angeles Rams distributed their 2016 training camp media preview last night, and with it came an initial starting depth chart (from the media group, not the coaching staff) which has Case Keenum as the Rams’ starting QB.

Here’s the depth chart:

QB: Case Keenum
RB: Todd Gurley
WR: Kenny Britt
WR: Tavon Austin
TE: Lance Kendricks
TE: Cory Harkey
LT: Greg Robinson
LG: Roger Saffold
C: Tim Barnes
RG: Jamon Brown
RT: Rob Havenstein
LDE: William Hayes
LDT: Aaron Donald
RDT: Michael Brockers
RDE: Robert Quinn
MLB: Alec Ogletree
SLB: Akeem Ayers
LCB: Trumaine Johnson
CB: E.J. Gaines
WS: Mark Barron
SS: Maurice Alexander
FS: Cody Davis

Rookie franchise QB Jared Goff, along with RB Benny Cunningham, TE Tyler Higbee, WR Pharoh Cooper, DE Eugene Sims, CB Marcus Roberson, DB Lamarcus Joyner and RCB Coty Sensabaugh, was listed as a “key contributor.”

The blurb for Keenum reads:

Posted 3-2 record in five starts for Rams. Completed 76-of-125 passes for 828 yards with four touchdowns and one interception. Is the NCAA all-time leader in yards, touchdown passes and completions.

Goff’s reads:

Drafted No. 1 overall by the Rams after starting all 37 games possible during three seasons at Cal. First quarterback in school history to start first game as a true freshman.

We talked about the potential for Goff to ride the bench for Week 1 in mid-June. The poll I included in that piece had nearly 1,000 votes with 51% guessing he starts later in the season while 45% had him tabbed to earn the starting job by the time the regular season starts.

The last five#1 overall NFL Draft selections who were quarterbacks started in Week 1 of their rookie season: Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston (2015), Indianapolis Colts (2012), Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (2011), then-St.Louis Rams and now-Philadelphia Eagles QB Sam Bradford (2010), and Detroit Lions QB Matt Stafford (2009). The last QB selected #1 overall in the NFL Draft not to start in Week 1 was Oakland Raiders QB JaMarcus Russell (2007).