Matthew Stafford battled injuries through 2021 but he did not miss time
If everything goes according to plan for the Los Angeles Rams, backup quarterbacks John Wolford and Bryce Perkins would never see the field during the regular season or playoffs.
Even though Matthew Stafford battled through injuries during the 2021 season he did not miss any time as a result. Wolford took offensive snaps in three games, but this playing time came in blowout victories over the New York Giants, Houston Texans, and Jacksonville Jaguars.
While the Rams were incredibly successful against these teams, Wolford was not – and his performance in this limited action should be cause for concern moving forward.
When backup quarterbacks come in during blowout victories the play calling is typically hyper-conservative and run-heavy; however, Wolford managed to throw an interception against the Giants on only two attempts – his only completion was to the other team.
It didn’t get better for the backup quarterback against the Texans – Wolford dropped back three times resulting in an 8-yard sack, a 5-yard completion, and turnover-worthy pass that fell incomplete.
In the only regular-season start of his career, the Rams defense scored more touchdowns (1) than Wolford’s offense. He finished that game with a completion percentage of 58% and an interception.
With Wolford sitting out of the 2021 preseason – he was recovering from appendicitis but also the Rams typically rest key players – it’s difficult to know where his development currently sits. Has Wolford been better behind the scenes, earning the confidence of the coaching staff? Or is backup quarterback a ticking time bomb for a team that hopes to compete for a championship again in 2022?
The only realistic alternative this season is Bryce Perkins, who is far from a lock to make the team’s final roster.