Baker Mayfield Could Play For Rams As Soon As Thursday
Quarterback Baker Mayfield has joined the Los Angeles Rams off waivers after departing the Carolina Panthers by ‘mutual consent’.
The Rams are in dire need of a quarterback after announcing Matthew Stafford’s season is as good as over. He is theoretically eligible to play in Week 17, but his spinal cord contusion may not heal in time.
Backup John Wolford started in Week 13, but also sustained a neck injury and is a doubt for Thursday.
Baker Mayfield joined Carolina in July, but his brief stint as the starting quarterback didn’t convince anybody of his quality.
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“It’s just kind of acquiring talent, to be honest, and acquiring somebody to come in and evaluate him, but also our offense,” Rams offensive coordinator Liam Coen said Tuesday.
“Continuing to evaluate the offense [and] the other players. It’s more so about acquiring talent. Just getting somebody in here that we can continue to develop some competitive nature within the room.
“If it is something that can provide a spark and somebody that can come in and help us compete to win football games, that’s the ultimate goal for the last five weeks of the season,” Coen said.
Hoping Baker Mayfield can provide a spark is the definition of a long shot. He is 1-5 as a starter this season and has a career-low 57.8 completion rate. Mayfield has only thrown six touchdown passes to six interceptions. As well as that, he ranks last in the league with a QBR of 18.2.
Having lost their last six consecutive games, a Super Bowl repeat looks unlikely for the 3-9 Rams.
The fact Mayfield was reportedly sent their playbook to study on his flight tells you plenty about where they are. They need a body and Mayfield is, if nothing else, that.