While there have been rumblings that the Los Angeles Rams were thinking about re-signing QB Dan Orlovsky after Week One, it seems like they have other plans.
Rams have claimed QB Brandon Allen off waivers from the Jaguars, source says. Interesting pickup.— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) September 4, 2017
Brandon Allen was drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the sixth round in 2016 after he threw for 64 touchdowns (a school record) during his time at Arkansas. His small hands were a hot-topic before the draft, which was one of the reasons that he fell so far in the draft.
Just yesterday, NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo reported that the Jaguars were hoping that Allen would pass waivers and they could place him on the practice squad. Turns out, the Rams snatched him up. And in the same piece, it was thought by some that Allen had what it takes to be a starting QB in ahead of Blake Bortles and Chad Henne. Not necessarily a Hall-of-Fame bunch, but still... the kid can sling the ball down the field.
43 yd TOUCHDOWN throw by Brandon Allen to Dede Westbrook!! #JAXvsATL #Jaguars pic.twitter.com/v7jKKlSp6R— Laurie Fitz (@LaurieFitzptrck) August 31, 2017
However, Allen was unable to climb up the depth chart at Jacksonville, so it’s safe to assume that if he sticks with the Rams, he will most likely be the 3rd string quarterback. It’s a puzzling acquisition that leads me to be think that the Rams front office sees something in Allen that others don’t.
Look for Brandon Allen to be holding a clipboard for the Rams this Sunday in Los Angeles against the Indianapolis Colts.