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Four free agent/trade options at backup QB for the Los Angeles Rams

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If the LA Rams were as unimpressed with Sean Mannion as the fans were this preseason, here are a few options that may be available from outside the organization

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Los Angeles Rams’ fans didn’t get to see any of the starting offense this preseason, and as a result they were served a heaping helping of Sean Mannion and the Rams’ second string offense for much of the time.

There are a coupe schools of thought on his performance. For starters, it was never pretty. Fans would’ve liked to have seen Mannion take control of the offense and march the team downfield with some semblance of efficiency. Didn’t happen. Flip side of the coin, he was indeed playing with the Rams’ backups, so it’s not as if he was out there with Andrew Whitworth protecting his blindside and with Brandin Cooks scorching a defender.

Regardless, the majority of fans it seems, are calling for change. There’s really been no indication that the Rams are ready to move on from Mannion — who’s been the team’s primary backup since being drafted in 2015. But let’s face it, Sean McVay wouldn’t have said anything to indicate they would be either.

So yeah, Brandon Allen and Luis Perez could be options at QB2 should the Rams decide to move on from Mannion. But I’m not sure that puts them in any better standing should something unfortunate happen to Jared Goff.

A backup QB is someone you really hope to never see during the regular season. But should the Rams need to call upon one, and it be someone other than the aforementioned trio of current Rams’ backup signal callers, here’s a short list of players who are, or may be, available as early as Saturday:

Robert Griffin III

This one’s easy, right? The RG3-McVay connection is already there and with that comes a strong rapport and understanding of the offense. Furthermore, RG3 has impressed this preseason, and has clearly looked like the stronger option at backup QB in Baltimore. Quite frankly, he’s looked the part of a starter.

Will the Ravens release him though? They’re not known for holding onto three QB’s and with Lamar Jackson in the house, it’s going to make for a touch decision in Baltimore. This option may be more of a trade-based solution for the Rams if RG3 sticks.

And if he’s released outright, expect there to be some competition for her services, should the Rams even show interest.

Paxton Lynch

You remember having the arguments in 2016 about which QB would best suit the Rams, right? There was a time where Goff and Wentz weren’t the only viable options for the Rams come draft time, and Lynch was one of the hottest names attached to them in mock drafts.

Fast forward three years and Case Keenum is set to lead the charge in Denver and, for whatever it says about Lynch, it appears he’s on the outside looking in at the QB2 spot behind 2018 7th round pick Chad Kelly.

Having spent a 1st round pick on him just three years ago, John Elway would certainly entertain trade options. But if the Broncos aren’t going to hold onto three QB’s, Lynch could hear his name called for all the wrong reasons on Saturday.

Josh Dobbs

The Steelers currently have four QB’s on their roster. Ben Roethlisberger clearly isn’t going anywhere. Neither is 2018 third round pick Mason Rudolph. That means the decision in Pittsburgh comes down to Josh Dobbs - a fourth round pick from 2017 - and Landry Jones, a veteran QB who’s been with the team since being drafted in 2013.

Dobbs has impressed this preseason, and has fans clamoring for him to stick as the team’s third QB. The reality is that one of them are going to come available. And Dobbs could very well be the odd man out.

Christian Hackenberg

What flavor of terrible backup QB would you like?

Poll

Which of these options would you prefer as backup QB in Los Angeles?

This poll is closed

  • 10%
    Sean Mannion
    (97 votes)
  • 59%
    Robert Griffin III
    (560 votes)
  • 6%
    Paxton Lynch
    (65 votes)
  • 16%
    Josh Dobbs
    (154 votes)
  • 1%
    Christian Hackenberg
    (14 votes)
  • 5%
    Other. Let us know in the comments below.
    (49 votes)
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