The St. Louis Rams appear to have a bit more depth at quarterback to start the summer than it seemed initially. Two of their three backups played very well in the preseason opener against the New Orleans Saints on Friday. St. Louis probably already knew what it would get from the veteran second-stringer Shaun Hill, but third-stringer Austin Davis also turned some heads and seems like a viable option heading in the 2014 NFL season.
Davis earned freshman All-Conference USA honors in 2008 while at Southern Mississippi and even broke the legendary Brett Favre‘s Southern Miss record for touchdowns for a freshman QB with 23, among a few other of the future Hall-Of-Famer’s collegiate accomplishments.
Despite these achievements, Davis was not chosen in the 2012 NFL draft, but signed with the Rams as an undrafted free agent. After being released by the Rams at the conclusion of the 2012 season, Davis spent a very brief tenure in the Miami Dolphins organization, only to be cut and re-signed to the Rams a month or so later.
Davis has not played a single down in a regular season game over the two seasons he has spent bouncing around Miami’s and St. Louis’ practice squads, occasionally cementing a role on the 53-man roster when an injury arose.
During the Rams preseason opener, Davis came in for Hill and played very well. Davis saw plenty of work, as he completed 10 of 16 passes for 134 yards and a fourth-quarter touchdown pass to WR Austin Franklin. He finished with an impressive 109.9 quarterback rating.
Sam Bradford has been named the starting quarterback for St. Louis during its Week 2 preseason matchup against the Green Bay Packers. It’s unlikely Davis will see the same amount of playing time as he did against the Saints. However, if Davis repeats a similar performance in limited duty, he could begin to open enough eyes to earn consideration for the No. 2 spot on the QB depth chart.