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PJ Walker makes sense for Rams after being cut by Bears

Walker would be a true backup option for LA

Chicago Bears v Indianapolis Colts Photo by Justin Casterline/Getty Images

The Los Angeles Rams are in a tough spot at backup quarterback following lackluster preseason outings by Stetson Bennett and Brett Rypien. With neither establishing themselves as an ideal QB2 behind Matthew Stafford, LA should direct their focus to a veteran signal caller who was unceremoniously kicked to the curb.

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On Sunday night, the Chicago Bears announced they have released backup quarterback PJ Walker. Back in March, Walker signed a two-year contract to compete for the backup job behind Justin Fields. Instead, Chicago is likely turning to undrafted rookie Tyson Bagent out of Shepherd University.

I realize that suggesting the Rams should sign a guy who couldn’t even beat out a Division II prospect wouldn’t put the team in a better position under center. It’s not ideal at all but Walker would present a slight upgrade over Bennett and Rypien. In his three seasons with the Panthers, Walker completed 57.5% of his passes for 1,461 yards and a 5-11 touchdown-to-interception ratio.

Yes, that ratio is horrifying yet Walker has proven to be capable of handling the starting role if forced to step in. He still had a winning record in Carolina which given the state of that organization the last several years, that is quite the achievement. The statline might turn fans off to the idea of signing him. However Walker can make a wide range of throws.

In a 2021 preseason game against the Colts, Walker completed 10-of-21 passes for 161 yards and a touchdown. Walker’s best throw of the game didn’t belong to his touchdown pass but rather this play:

How could we also forget this beauty which occurred during an unforgettable game against the Falcons last season?

Both those throws displayed a variety of passes that Walker can make in key situations. He has the arm and touch to make plays happen. PJ is more than just an XFL legend after all. Last season he started a game against Tom Brady and the Bucs and came away victorious so that has to account for something right?

LA has options via free agency to make a change under center and luckily Walker would be a cheap option as well. For everyone hesitant over acquiring him. how quickly we forget that Sean McVay once made Baker Mayfield look like a serviceable NFL starter.

If McVay could do that to one former Panthers QB, imagine what he could do with another.