Rams are leaning toward having Baker Mayfield active Thursday night

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The Rams claimed Baker Mayfield off waivers Tuesday, and he arrived at the team facility about 14 hours ago.

Coach Sean McVay said the Rams are “working through” the quarterback’s status for Thursday Night Football.

“I’ll lean toward him being active,” McVay said.

He acknowledged it would be “unprecedented” for a quarterback to be ready to play so soon, but believes Mayfield can do it.

“He’s a really sharp, smart, cerebral player that has a great competitiveness to him that you can’t help but like,” McVay said, via Greg Beacham of the Associated Press.

The Rams might not have a choice.

Backup John Wolford, who has started two of the three games Matthew Stafford has missed, is questionable with a neck injury. He was limited in the team’s walkthrough Wednesday.

Third-stringer Bryce Perkins started Week 12 with Stafford out and Wolford’s neck injury keeping him on the sideline as the emergency backup.

The Rams were the only team to put in a waiver claim on Mayfield, who the Panthers released Monday.

“When you have a player of his caliber become available and you look at just the circumstances and the situation surrounding our quarterback room, we felt like it was the right move for us,” McVay said, via Gilbert Manzano of the Orange County Register. “I’ve always respected his game.”

42 responses to “Rams are leaning toward having Baker Mayfield active Thursday night

  1. Stop It! Stop It! Baker is at best a Second String QB. No matter how you spin it, Cleveland was right and Baker is not a starting QB in the NFL. Carolina also just proved it…What will you say when the LA RAMS cut him???

  2. And on Thursday night the ram’s starting lineups will all pile out of a clown car upon introduction.

  3. Has any team gone from Super Bowl winner to bottom 3 team in one season? I can’t think of any.

  4. All 3 teams he’s been on sucked. At least now he gets a pretty good head coach and competent staff.

  5. With an excellent running game, offensive line and receivers, Baker Mayfield is good enough to beat middle to low tier competition. In this situation, he is also good enough to keep you in games against better competition but he will choke when you need him most in the fourth quarter he will throw that devastating pick or come up short. Look at his career 4th quarter stats. Its not gonna be pretty Im sorry to say Rams fans.

  6. nnagi says:
    December 7, 2022 at 3:59 pm
    Simplify the playbook, put him in and let him see what he can do for the next 5 weeks
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    You being serious? Besides the fact that multiple teams have “seen what he can do” when he knows the actual playbook, you obviously have never seen an nfl playbook. The terminology and pass protection calls and shear amount of knowledge and studying a QB needs is like learning algebra to a first grader.

  7. That O line vs Maxx Crosby? Sure put him in and get him hurt the first week with the team.

  8. nnagi says:
    December 7, 2022 at 3:59 pm
    Simplify the playbook

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    I think they already tried that to help Baker. It just cost his coaches their job.

  9. As a fan of the Raiders i approve of this move. Lets see how the young man learns the playbook in about 2 days. We might get a 4 th win but im not counting on it since we know my team always makes me sweat it out till the very end!

  10. Carson Palmer didn’t start but he went into the game on the Raiders second drive of the second half five days after being traded.

    He threw three picks in 25 minutes game time.

  11. u4iadman says:
    December 7, 2022 at 4:17 pm
    All 3 teams he’s been on sucked. At least now he gets a pretty good head coach and competent staff.

    What teams has he been on?

  12. I have a hard time wrapping my head around all the hate for Baker. He was put in terrible situations in Cleveland and Carolina. It’s not like he molested twenty plus women or something!

  13. We wish Baker only the best. Signed true Cleveland fans who reject the current pervert under center wearing our colors that Haslam gave up the farm to get. We’ll never win a Super Bowl as long as Jimmy Haslam owns the Cleveland Browns. You can just look at his track record and the turnover in the front office and coaching staff to know he has now idea what he is doing. Kind of like The Dallas Cowboys North.

  14. “All 3 teams he’s been on sucked. At least now he gets a pretty good head coach and competent staff”. He hasn’t played on three teams. Do some homework.

  15. Those that call Baker “a second string QB at best” need to see what Geno Smith is doing in Seattle. Remember how so many people used to say that Russ Wilson was a great QB? He changed teams and coaches and not many people are saying that anymore.

    Sometimes the right coach and the right team make all the difference.

  16. The only reason to watch this Thursday night game!
    Wish Baker the best. Does this mean we can see more commercials?

  17. Baker Mayfield imploded in Cleveland and Carolina. Why should the LA Rams be any different???

  18. radar773 says:
    December 7, 2022 at 6:33 pm
    Those that call Baker “a second string QB at best” need to see what Geno Smith is doing in Seattle. Remember how so many people used to say that Russ Wilson was a great QB? He changed teams and coaches and not many people are saying that anymore.

    Sometimes the right coach and the right team make all the difference

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    Geno is outlier. And Geno this is the 2nd coach that Geno Smith ever played for regularly. He was in his 2nd year when he got benched and didn’t play again regularly for 8 years. Let’s also not forget when the Giants started him over a washed Eli Manning the outrage got the coach fired. And unlike with the jets he is actually working with talent around. Geno humbled himself. Worked hard and earned his success .

    Baker on the other hand is on Headcoach number 6. Has started for all of them. Has barely touched the field without and elite running back behind him and at least one pro bowl wide receiver. He also had an elite offensive line in Cleveland. And was still awful.Maybe if humbled himself the way Geno did and work hard as a backup for a few seasons Maybe he could succeed but Mayfield would never do that. He has been statically the worse quarterback to get meaningful snaps this season. Let that sink in.

  19. The way the Rams season is going Baker will rupture his Achilles at some point Thursday night.

  20. If he’s a Ram, he should be active. He’s a decent backup. If Bryce Perkins goes down, Mayfield could run a simple offense. He has enough experience reading defenses, and he’s mobile enough to improvise, since he doesn’t have much timing down with his receivers, offensive line, etc. Last year the Rams traded for a former number one pick, and it worked out. But all former number one picks were not created equal.

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