The end of the Rams’ time in St. Louis was hampered by lackluster quarterback play, and as they head to Los Angeles the draft looks like the only hope to change that next season. General manager Les Snead seems resigned to that fact, with his declaration on Monday to NFL Network that Case Keenum will enter OTAs as the team’s starting quarterback.
“Case is going to come in and be our starting quarterback (at beginning of OTAs). He earned it,” Snead said at the Annual League Meeting in Boca Raton, Fla. “We were a slumping football team at the end of last year. He comes in and wins three out of four. And basically drove us down to kick a game-winning field goal to win four straight and we missed it.”
Keenum started five games for the Rams last season, completing close to 61 percent of his passes with four touchdowns and one interception. The team won three of those games (as Snead alluded to), which is the bottom line, but Keenum is essentially the lesser of two evils compared to the ineptitude of Nick Foles.
With the No. 15 overall pick in April’s draft, Los Angeles is not in great position to add one of the top signal-callers in this year’s class, unless they regard Paxton Lynch that highly or someone surprisingly falls to them. That means it would be better to wait until Day 2 of the draft to secure a potential quarterback of the future, and until that player is ready, Keenum can provide an uninspiring status quo under center.