The Los Angeles Rams have waived QB Dylan Thompson leaving just two quarterbacks on the roster: starting QB Jared Goff and backup QB Sean Mannion.
While Thompson will likely serve as a “camp arm” (limiting the reps needed from Jared Goff and Sean Mannion with the back end offense), this roster move still strikes as an odd one as the Rams waived Aaron Murray before getting into training camp. Not sure why Thompson was preferred to Murray, but regardless, this move further indicates that the Rams are likely satisfied with Goff and Mannion for this upcoming season.
Waiving Thompson for a second time (the Rams already did this dance with Thompson in 2016, signing him mid-offseason and cutting him early on) only furthers the commitment this staff has to a Goff/Mannion pairing. It also perhaps indicates some faith in the wide receiver depth to contribute something legitimate to the offense. Consider what Thompson’s role would have been in training camp and late in preseason games: throwing to the deep end of the WR depth chart. This move could have partially been motivated by a desire to give those snaps to Mannion and allow him to work with the third and fourth-string wideouts and perhaps even bump up the second WR string to more work with Goff.
Nonetheless, Dylan Thompson has once again been waived by the Rams. Best of luck to him on the free agent market.