The St. Louis Rams head into the 2014 NFL season hoping their former No. 1 overall pick at quarterback, Sam Bradford, is recovered from the torn ACL injury that sidelined him for half of the 2013 campaign. All signs indicate he should be ready for Week 1 of the regular season, but considering the injury, the backup QB role could be absolutely critical to the Rams’ season.
This makes the impressive performance of the Rams’ backup quarterbacks from Friday evening against the New Orleans Saints a breath of fresh air for head coach Jeff Fisher, particularly in the case of second-stringer Shaun Hill.
Hill started and went 5-for-7 with 84 yards and two touchdowns in limited duty. Austin Davis and Garrett Gilbert went on to finish the game.
Hill, a 13-year NFL veteran, went undrafted in 2002 but landed with the Minnesota Vikings from 2002-05 and even played a spring season (2003) in NFL Europe with the Amsterdam Admirals to fortify his reputation. After being a backup for most of his career, Hill got a fair amount of starts (10) with the Detroit Lions over his four-year tenure with the franchise, but he underwhelmed and was never considered a long-term first option at the position.
St. Louis signed the veteran journeyman over the offseason as an insurance policy in case Bradford were to have any trouble with his knee this summer. Bradford has been declared the starter for the Rams’ preseason Week 2 outing against the Green Bay Packers. It will be his first live game action since Week 7 of the 2013 season. Hill will back up and undoubtedly replace Bradford, most likely prior to the second half.