In Week 1, LA Rams quarterback Case Keenum turned in the worst performance at his position in the NFL, going 17-of-35 for 130 yards, 0 TD, 2 INT, and a league-worst rating of 34.2 against the San Francisco 49ers. (The next-worst was 55.0 by Robert Griffin III.) However, there was nowhere else for head coach Jeff Fisher to turn against the Niners other than second-year pro Sean Mannion since number one pick Jared Goff was inactive.
That’s not the case anymore.
Gary Klein of the LA Times reported on Friday that Goff has been upgraded to the backup role, meaning he’s just one play away from making his NFL debut — and there’s a decent chance that will happen on Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks in the Rams first game in Los Angeles since 1994. After all, Keenum was terrible, he’s now playing against a defense that is presumably much better than San Francisco’s, and the home crowd may boo him before he even attempts his first pass.
Goff was the number one overall pick out of Cal, throwing 43 touchdowns last season, but 3000 NFL Mock Draft expert Rob Staton felt he was overrated and not worthy of a typical number one QB. In the preseason, Goff was 22-of-49 for 232 yards (45%, 4.7 Y/A) with 2 TD, 2 INT, and 4 sacks. Against pressure, he was 2-of-8 for 13 yards. The Seahawks were all over Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill in Week 1 and likely feature a deeper and more talented defensive line than they had a year ago.
It’s not a guarantee that Los Angeles will play Goff on Sunday, but given Keenum’s awful start, the home crowd, and Seattle’s potential ability to cause havoc against the Rams’ offensive line, we may see the debut of a number one pick who so far doesn’t seem to have many positive reviews.
Reports about Russell Wilson on Friday were that he was practicing in full and ready to go.