Report: Baker Mayfield in line to start for Rams if John Wolford isn’t healthy to play

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Baker Mayfield‘s whirlwind week could see him start on Thursday night for a team he just joined.

Rams head coach Sean McVay told reporters on Wednesday that he was leaning toward having Mayfield being active on Thursday night. That’s in part due to the health of backup quarterback John Wolford, who is questionable with a neck injury.

But according to a Thursday morning report from ESPN’s Adam Schefter, if Wolford is unable to play after going through pregame warmups, Mayfield would be in line to start against the Raiders.

That would mean Mayfield jumped third quarterback Bryce Perkins on the depth chart despite joining the Rams on Tuesday.

With Stafford likely out for the rest of the season after suffering a spinal contusion, the 3-9 Rams don’t have many great options at QB. Wolford has started two games, but Perkins started the Week 12 loss at Kansas City as Wolford was dealing with his neck injury. Perkins finished that game 13-of-23 for 100 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions. He also had nine carries for 44 yards.

In seven games with six starts for Carolina this season, Mayfield completed 58 percent of his passes for 1,313 yards with six touchdowns and six interceptions.

We’ll see what quarterbacks will dress for L.A. when inactives are released 90 minutes before kickoff on Thursday evening.

18 responses to “Report: Baker Mayfield in line to start for Rams if John Wolford isn’t healthy to play

  1. Jeff Bezos has to be happy about this news. Not many reasons to get excited about this game. If Mayfield starts more people might watch tonight.

  2. Baker’s taken some lumps, and maybe some were self inflicted. But for crying out loud he’s 1000 times a better human being than Deshawn Watson who Cleveland kicked him to the curb for. If youre a football fan, root for this kid tonight just to see what he can do.

  3. Didn’t McVay & Aaron Donald hint at retiring this past offseason?Seems like they did. And the way the organization treated Robert Woods while he had that gruesome knee injury was disgusting. They could’ve still had him on the roster, instead of hoping & praying for OBJ. On top of giving Robinson big money for absolutely no reason… Woods was the real catalyst of that offense…

  4. ewitkowski says:
    December 8, 2022 at 10:47 am
    Baker’s taken some lumps, and maybe some were self inflicted. But for crying out loud he’s 1000 times a better human being than Deshawn Watson who Cleveland kicked him to the curb for. If youre a football fan, root for this kid tonight just to see what he can do.
    ————
    Remember the line in “Rudy”,
    Your 5’ nuthin, and not a spec of talent?
    Personally, I’ve seen enough of that guy to not tune in to bad football.

  5. I thought Perkins was awful, but starting a QB who’s been with the team for two days seems crazy. Do the Rams want to humiliate mayfield right out of the league?

  6. On a side note, everyone anointed mcvay this boy genius and he certainly is a good coach. But, I’ve seen Sean Payton, belichick, and tomlin have higher levels of success under similar circumstances to mcvay and the rams. The drop off for the rams has been eye opening and mcvay deserves blame. He does not yet deserve to be mentioned with the best of the best HCs.

  7. Kind of makes sense once the Rams were silly enough to claim him off waivers to see what they (don’t) have.

    They don’t own a 1st round pick so him losing the game(s) can’t move them up or down the order.

    Once he proves how bad he is they won’t sign him for next year and if they don’t find out now they’ll be tempted.

    Either way I’d say to Woolford, “Look we are going to let Baker play out the season instead of having you exacerbate that injury.”

  8. Just based on Baker just arriving this week, I would play Perkins, tho I am rooting for Baker to have some success.

  9. Mayfield over Perk? Last time I checked, the Chiefs had a top-10 pass defense, and the Rams just flat-out suck this year. Now that’s Perkins’ fault? Raiders by 15.

  10. Perkins is a really good QB. Even most HOF QBs didn’t look very good their first few starts, and for many, their first couple years. Mayfield has enough NFL starts to see what kind of QN he is, and he’s exactly how he was in college. He looks like a backup QB.

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