Per NFL Network’s Steve Wyche, Los Angeles Rams #1 overall pick and franchise rookie third-string QB Jared Goff will not be on the 46-man active gameday roster on Monday when the Rams open their 2016 regular season against the San Francisco 49ers.
Case Keenum, as expected, will be the starter. Sean Mannion, perhaps less expected, will be the backup. P Johnny Hekker, mind-liquifyingly, will be "the emergency backup." Rams Head Coach Jeff Fisher suggested that Goff and Mannion would switch statuses for Week 2 when the Rams return home to host the Seattle Seahawks.
It’s hard to feel great about this. It’s been nearly a decade since a QB who went with the #1 overall pick in the NFL Draft didn’t start Week 1. The last QB to not do so? Oakland Raiders QB, and candidate for the biggest bust in NFL history, JaMarcus Russell.
To his credit, Fisher hasn’t wavered from his position back in March that Case Keenum was indeed his starting QB or back in May in holding off naming Goff the Week 1 starter.
Now, the Rams have to sell a product to a hungry new audience in Los Angeles that is simultaneously coming off of a season in which they were dead last in yards gained in 2015 and too well-staffed for their #1 overall pick and franchise rookie third-string QB Jared Goff to crack the active roster.