The Los Angeles Rams gave up several draft picks to move up and select Jared Goff at No. 1. Many assume that means Goff will be the team’s starting quarterback, but for now head coach Jeff Fisher is indicating otherwise.
At training camp on Wednesday, Fisher was asked for his assessment of veteran QB Case Keenum’s performance. His response was a bit surprising.
“He made some really good throws,” Fisher said, via Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk. “I mean, some really good throws throughout practice. That’s what you expect out of your starter.”
The Rams said back in March that Keenum will be their starter to begin the season, but that was before they drafted Goff. Has nothing changed?
We don’t know what the Rams are saying behind closed doors, but it’s not out of the realm of possibility that they are going to begin their season with Keenum under center. Unless Goff proves in camp that he is ready to start at the NFL level, there’s no reason to risk destroying the confidence of a player you already have so much invested in.
There’s a reason we listed the situation with Goff as one of our top storylines to watch throughout training camp. With the Rams starting fresh in a new city, fans might want to see a fresh face throwing passes. They may have to be patient.
The St. Louis Rams struggled with inconsistent play at quarterback last season, but they are not planning to bring another player in to seize the starting job.
On Monday, Rams general manager Les Snead said Case Keenum will be the team’s starting quarterback in 2016.
That probably isn’t going to make the Rams’ new — and old — fans in Los Angeles happy.
Keenum appeared in six games with the Rams in 2015, completing 60.8 percent of his passes and throwing four touchdowns compared to just one interception. He was also at the center of a concussion controversy when he remained in a game against the Ravens while clearly demonstrating symptoms consistent with a head injury.
Rams fans were likely holding out hope that a future Hall of Famer would be their quarterback in 2016 thanks to some rumors, but that never came to fruition. For now, it looks like they’ll have to put their faith in Keenum.
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The St. Louis Rams will not be punished for mishandling concussion protocols with Case Keenum.
League sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Sunday that the team will face no discipline for the fiasco which saw an obviously wobbly and concussed Keenum stay in the game against the Ravens.
It seems amazing that nobody will be punished for this, though the NFL’s investigation is ongoing, and some individuals such as the spotter could still see repercussions. Whatever the case, more than one part of the NFL’s concussion protocol failed here. How could an obviously concussed Keenum be left in? We may never know.
Nick Foles has been borderline anathema when he’s been under center for the Rams this season, but despite the team’s persistent efforts to keep him as far away from the starting lineup as possible, he has managed to find his way back into the fold.
Foles, who was benched last week in favor of Case Keenum, is now expected to start in Week 12 after Keenum was concussed in the team’s loss to the Ravens last Sunday according to Nick Wagoner of ESPN NFL Nation. Keenum has yet to clear concussion protocol, clearing the way for the 26-year-old Foles to potentially reclaim his starting gig against the Bengals.
The former Pro Bowler Foles has been a nightmare in nine starts for the Rams this season. He has completed just 56.6 percent of his passes for 1,678 yards, posting seven touchdowns and six interceptions, as the team has gone 4-5 with him as their starting quarterback.
Keenum wasn’t much better in his spot start, going 12-for-26 for 136 yards and a touchdown against the Ravens before going down.
With Foles, who has shown almost zero chemistry with the St. Louis receivers this season, pressed back into action, it looks like the Rams will have to continue relying heavily on their top-10 defense if they want to keep their razor-thin playoff hopes alive.
Case Keenum remained in Sunday’s Rams-Ravens game despite suffering what was later determined to be a concussion.
The St. Louis Rams quarterback was obviously disoriented after taking a major hit with just over a minute remaining in the game:
Though he was exhibiting obvious concussion signs on the field, Keenum remained in the game. Two snaps later he was hit from behind and lost a fumble, which gave the ball and essentially the game to Baltimore. He was later confirmed to have a concussion.
The NFL has given the power to ATCs (independent certified athletic trainers) to pull players off the field to be checked for concussions, but the person working this game obviously missed this one. With the way he looked, Keenum should have been checked for a concussion. We saw something similar happen on this crucial play during last week’s Patriots-Giants game.
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The St. Louis Rams are making a change at quarterback in hopes of jumpstarting their offense.
Head coach Jeff Fisher announced Monday that Nick Foles is being benched in favor of Case Keenum.
In his first year as the Rams’ starter, Foles was only completing 56.6 percent of his passes for 1,678 yards in nine games. He had thrown just seven touchdown passes against six interceptions.
Keenum will now get the nod. He has 10 games of NFL experience, all with the Houston Texans from 2013-14. He has only attempted 330 career passes, throwing for 2,195 yards, 11 touchdowns and eight interceptions.
Compared to recent weeks, there is probably not a whole lot available on the fantasy waiver wire in your leagues heading into Week 11. There were very few breakout performances in Week 10 and not many injuries, but that doesn’t mean valuable pieces can’t be found. In addition to the players we told you to keep an eye on when Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Mike James went down on Monday night, here are some other players to consider for Week 11.
Rishard Matthews, WR, Dolphins: We can almost guaranteed that Matthews’ 11/120/2 game against Tampa Bay on Monday night will be his best of the season. That doesn’t mean he won’t have some WR3 value going forward, especially in PPR leagues. After catching just five passes in the first six games of the season, Matthews has clearly developed some chemistry with Ryan Tannehill. He has 16 catches on 24 targets in the past three weeks. He has also received a bump since Brandon Gibson went down with an injury. We don’t expect him to light it up by any means, but you could do worse for receiver depth.
Bernard Pierce, RB, Ravens: Pierce is already owned in many leagues as a handcuff to Ray Rice. The Ravens’ run game is an absolute mess. Rice has been completely ineffective in recent weeks, which could be the result of a lingering hip issue and is certainly the result of poor offensive line play. John Harbaugh told reporters this week that the team is planing to go with a “hot hand” approach going forward. That could mean Pierce is in for more carries if he can provide a spark. The Ravens can only be so loyal to Rice if he is not getting the job done, making Pierce worth an add.
A week after getting embarrassed at home by Stanford 35-0, UCLA bounced back with a win over Conference USA foe Houston 31-13 at the Rose Bowl. The Bruins are nowhere near a good team, but their defense is decent enough to keep them competitive on most nights. Their offense is another story — it’s by far one of the worst in the Pac-10 and possibly the worst I’ve ever seen from the Bruins. Luckily the defense brought the hurt to Houston Saturday night.
UCLA somehow managed to knock not one, but two Cougars quarterbacks out of the game. Moreover, both of Houston’s top two slingers were lost for the season after the Bruins got done with them. Actually, starter Case Keenum being lost for the year is more about what he did rather than UCLA.
Keenum, playing despite suffering a minor concussion the previous week trying to make a tackle following an interception, hurt himself again trying to make a tackle on an interception. He had driven the Cougars down to the UCLA two-yard line when he was picked off by Akeem Ayers. Keenum somehow tore his ACL as he tried to tackle Ayers by the sideline and is now done for the season. That happened in the second quarter.
As if Keenum’s injury wasn’t devastating enough, backup Cotton Turner broke his clavicle in the second half and was knocked out for the year as well. Turner was hit in the third quarter while attempting a pass and he already had season-ending surgery Sunday.
I’m honestly joking about UCLA’s ferocious defense. I really think it was coincidence more than anything else that Houston lost both its quarterbacks for the season against the Bruins. The 31-13 win was pleasing for Bruins fans, but the same concerns persist; Kevin Prince was just 9/17 for 99 yards and an interception. If you can’t throw the ball, you’re not going to have much success. UCLA fans are seeing it first hand and finding that out the hard way. They likely won’t win more than two of their remaining games which is quite sad.
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One of the late games on Saturday night featured Houston going to El Paso to face UTEP. The game was tied 17-17 at halftime but UTEP came out firing in the second half and piled up 41 points, winning 58-41. If there was a bright side to Houston’s disappointing first loss of the season, it’s that their offense is still clicking. Maybe that’s an understatement. Houston quarterback Case Keenum attempted a school record 76 passes, also setting a school record with 51 completions. Keenum racked up 536 yards and 5 touchdowns as the team totaled 664 yards. So if the offense was that prolific, where did they go wrong?
For starters, Houston’s defense allowed 581 yards leading to 58 points. They also lost two fumbles and saw two trips in the red zone end in field goals which didn’t help. Keenum already has well over 2,000 passing yards in five games which is ridiculous. But much like Texas Tech, there’s only so much an offense can do if the defense can’t stop anybody. Think about this one for a second: Houston gave up 58 freaking points to a team that got hammered by Texas 64-7 the week before. Yikes.