The Rams made a change as a quarterback before the 2021 NFL season. It has succeeded well.
Matthew Stafford has been a strong starter for the Rams. He threw for 41 touchdowns during his first season in Los Angeles, and while leading the league with 17 interceptions, he still put the quarterback for the team to a record of 12-5.
The Rams reached a Super Bowl with Jared Goff, but they may have a chance of winning one with Stafford. But in the event that Stafford, 33, runs into trouble in the playoffs, then do they have anything behind them to keep the team afloat?
Here’s what you need to know about Stafford’s backup and the other quarterback options further down the Rams depth chart.
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Who is the Rams’ backup quarterback?
The Rams’ backup quarterback is John Wolford.
Wolford, 26, originally signed with the Jets as an exhausted free agent from Wake Forest in 2018, but he did not join the team. He landed with the Arizona Rattlers from the Alliance of American Football and led the league in passing touchdowns with 14 in eight games.
After the short-lived AAF was closed, Wolford joined the Rams. He has remained with the team since 2019 and has worked his way up the in-depth chart to take over the backup quarterback job behind Jared Goff in 2020. He won his lone start to the regular season and completed 22 of 38 passes in 231 yards and an interception in an 18-7 victory over the Cardinals. He also ran 56 yards on six attempts.
Wolford (6-1, 200 pounds) has only thrown 10 passing attempts in total since that game. He was injured during his lone start in the playoffs for the Rams and was replaced by an also hampered Goff before serving as Stafford’s backup in 2021.
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Rams QB depth chart
Stafford have made a big difference for the Rams this year since replacing Goff. He had a rock-solid patch towards the end of the season where he struggled with wiretapping, but he has otherwise been rock-solid for Los Angeles.
During the playoffs, Stafford completed 74.5 percent of his passes in 568 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions. He hopes to make his way to his first Super Bowl with a win over the 49ers.
Wolford played just 24 snaps for the Rams in 2021. He completed 1 of 4 passes on 5 yards and an interception. All of his action came in blows, with the Rams scoring at least 37 points.
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Perkins is, like Wolford, an exhausted free agent. The Rams kept the 25-year-old on the active list in 2021 after impressing during the preseason.
Perkins has never played in an NFL game, but he was a two-year starter in Virginia, throwing 47 touchdowns compared to 21 interceptions. He also has great mobility and ran 1,692 yards and 20 touchdowns during his two college seasons. He has not yet been active in an NFL game, and he probably will not be unless either Stafford or Wolford are injured.