The Los Angeles Rams gave up an awful lot to move up and draft quarterback Jared Goff with the first overall pick, but unlike every other quarterback taken first overall in recent years, he won’t be starting in Week 1.
In fact, Goff won’t even be the backup, or the emergency third-string quarterback when the Rams open against the San Francisco 49ers on Monday Night Football. Goff, who reports say is well behind in his development, will be in street clothes on the sideline while punter Johnny Hekker will serve as the team’s emergency backup.
Case Keenum is the starter, while Sean Mannion will be the team’s primary backup. Head coach Jeff Fisher stated that Goff and Mannion could switch roles for the team’s home opener against the Seattle Seahawks in Week 2, according to NFL.com.
Regardless of whether or not Goff eventually takes over backup or starting duties, this is a huge disappointment. The Rams gave up a slew of draft picks for the right to select Goff with the top selection, and potentially crippled their ability to add playmakers to the team in the near future.
It’s not all doom and gloom for the Rams, who are actually confident in Keenum as starter, at the very least. Still, that’s little comfort when someone with so much invested in him will be sitting on the bench, unable to come in for even emergency situations.
Carson Wentz, the quarterback taken with the second overall pick, earned the starting job for the Philadelphia Eagles and will be in action on Sunday against the Cleveland Browns.