Sources have told Wyche that the Rams have been comfortable putting Goff on the field should starter Case Keenum suffer an injury and the rookie quarterback has reportedly made progress in terms of learning the offense.
Wyche adds that if the Rams lose to the Panthers, and even if it isn’t Keenum’s fault, it will likely be time for Los Angeles to make a switch and go with Goff.
Following Week 7’s loss to the Giants in London, Rams HC Jeff Fisher said that they planned to stick with Keenum as their starting quarterback, despite his poor performance
“I’ll make changes at receiver before I make a change at quarterback,” Fisher said earlier in the week.
Keenum, 28, wound up signing on with the Texans as an undrafted free agent out of Houston back in 2013. He spent two years with the Texans before he was claimed off of waivers by the Rams.
He later returned to the Texans before being traded to the Rams for a 2016 seventh-round pick. The Rams elected to use a first-round tender on Keenum several months ago will pay him $3.635 million for the 2016 season.
In 2016, Keenum has appeared in seven games and completed 62 percent of his passes for 1,708 yards, eight touchdowns and 10 interceptions. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 26 quarterback out of 35 qualifying players.
Goff, 23, was taken with the No. 1 overall pick by the Rams after they gave up a huge package of picks to trade up from No. 15 overall. Goff signed a four-year contract worth $27,937,672 that included a signing bonus of $18,518,308.
The contract will include a fifth-year option for the team to consider in 2019.
During his three-year college career at California, Goff threw for 12,195 yards while completing 62.3 percent of his passes to go along with 96 touchdowns and 30 interceptions.
We’ll have more regarding a quarterback change for the Rams as the news is available.