Four free agent/trade options at backup QB for the Los Angeles Rams Los Angeles Rams’ fans didn’t get to see any of the starting offense this preseason Womens Aqib Talib Jersey
, 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 IIIThis 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 http://www.losangelesramsteamonline.com/dominique-easley-jersey
, 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 LynchYou 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 DobbsThe 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 HackenbergWhat flavor of terrible backup QB would you like? Saints coach Sean Payton has seen plenty of road hazards in the nearly 13 years he's lived in New Orleans, a city where streets routinely crack and buckle atop the spongy landscape of drained swamp and marsh.That could explain the metaphor at the forefront of Payton's consciousness when he described how he sees Sunday's clash with the unbeaten Los Angeles Rams. Although the matchup between the Rams (8-0) and surging Saints (6-1) has the ingredients of a potential NFC title game preview Authentic Aaron Donald Jersey
, Payton suggested that he's better served by approaching the game in much the same way he drives around his adoptive home town."You see a team coming in here unbeaten, and you know they are in the NFC, and you recognize the significance of the game," Payton said. "But I look at it more from a team perspective. And I look at it more from, 'Man, this is the next challenge.'"So we just stare, in this city, at the pothole in front of us. That's the one we got to worry about. Not the ones that are there coming up beyond that," Payton continued. "And this one sits square in the middle of the street."Rams coach Sean McVay should take the pothole comparison as a compliment. It's clear the 54-year-old Payton admires what the Rams' 32-year-old, similarly offensive-minded head coach has accomplished in just his first season-and-a-half as a head coach."I am a huge fan of Sean's and I have gotten to know him and have a ton of respect for what he has done going on his second year," Payton said of McVay, adding that he "absolutely" makes a point of watching the Rams throughout the season."They're a must-watch team," Payton said.The admiration is mutual when McVay discusses Payton's offense."I look at their tape every week, see what they're doing Womens Ndamukong Suh Jersey
," McVay said. "I also appreciate the aggressive nature that coach Payton comes after people."That mindset of never being afraid to fail and always attacking is something that we try to do," McVay added. "It demonstrates a confidence and belief in your players."Some other story lines surrounding the Rams-Saints showdown, the winner of which will have the inside track to the No. 1 playoff seeding in the conference:COACH-QB COMBOSThe Saints have been among the NFL leaders in offense since Payton arrived in New Orleans and recruited then-free agent Drew Brees to join him in 2006.Currently, the Saints rank eighth in yards per game (389.9) and second in points per game (33.4). The Rams offense, with 2016 top overall draft choice Jared Goff under center, rank second in yards (442.6) and third in scoring (33).Each team's head coach-QB tandem mirror one another in that Payton and McVay both call offensive plays, putting a premium on their communication and relationship with their quarterbacks. The difference is that Payton and the 39-year-old Brees have been together far longer, and Brees has set prestigious NFL passing records ."Those guys are two of the best ever to do it together," the 24-year-old Goff said. "Me and Sean (McVay) have a great relationship, and hopefully it'll continue to grow."DEFENSIVE DISPARITYThe Rams already had the league's eighth-ranked defense before the addition of edge pass-rusher Dante Fowler at Tuesday's NFL trade deadline. In seven games with Jacksonville this season, Fowler's highlights included two sacks and a forced fumble. It's unclear how much he'll play right away, but is expected to rotate into the game on some passing downs."I don't really know how they're going to use him yet, but I watched some film on him," Saints right tackle Ryan Ramczyk said. "He's a good athlete http://www.losangelesramsteamonline.com/michael-brockers-jersey
, a good player, so I'll be prepared."The Saints rank 23rd in total defense — 28th against the pass — but have been opportunistic. Defensive back P.J. Williams' past outing in Minnesota was a case in point. He was beaten several times on Minnesota receptions, but also helped force a fumble that resulted in one TD and ran back an interception for a score.FULL KUPPThe Rams' biggest lineup addition this week might not be Fowler: They expect to have receiver Cooper Kupp back in uniform after a two-game absence with a knee injury.The second-year target's presence would be a boon for Goff, who found Kupp for a team-leading 869 yards receiving last season.GOFF'S RETURNGoff made his second career start at the Superdome in 2016. While those woebegone Rams were routed 49-21 , Goff emerged with the highest passer rating in any game of his rookie season, along with his first three NFL touchdown passes."It maybe gave me some confidence knowing that being in a hostile environment like that and being able to make plays was something that I saw myself do and was able to kind of grow from that experience," Goff said.Now a smooth leader of McVay's well-oiled offensive machine, Goff gets his chance to show the Superdome faithful what he has learned since.AP Sports Writer Greg Beacham in Thousand Oaks, California, contributed.