For this weeks Rams off-season positional outlook we’ll check out the Quarterbacks and Special Teams positions.

Quarterbacks:

2017 season stats:

Player Att Cmp Pct Yds YPA TD Int Sack QBR
Jared Goff 477 296 62.1 3,804 8.0 28 7 25 100.5
Sean Mannion 37 22 59.5 185 5.0 0 0 3 72.5
Brandon Allen 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

 

Jared Goff (3rd Year out of California 1st Round 1st Overall pick by LA Rams)

Contract Situation: 4-year contract expiring in 2021

2017 Season Awards:

  • Pro-Football Writers Association awarded Goff the most improved player of the year in 2017
  • Named to the 2018 NFL Pro-Bowl

 

There is no questioning who the starting QB will be next year. Goff was drafted to be the franchise QB and his production this year was enough to warrant a Pro-Bowl invitation. If he improves on the great season he had last year the Rams will be in great hands for years to come.

 

Sean Mannion (4th Year out of Oregon State 3rd Round 89th Overall pick by LA Rams)

Contract Situation: 4-year contract expiring in 2019

Mannion had limited playing time this regular season appearing in only 5 games and losing the one game he started against the 49ers . That’s not necessarily his fault though as the Rams never really had a need for Mannion to come in as Goff remained healthy. Sean McVay is a coach that encourages competition so Mannion may have to keep showing improvement to keep Allen at the #3 spot, but I don’t really see him losing his job this offseason.

 

Brandon Allen (2nd year out of Arkansas 6th Round 201st Overall pick by Jacksonville Jaguars)

Contract Situation: 4-year contract expiring in 2020

Allen was added off waivers by the Rams to be a project QB McVay could possibly develop. It will be interesting to see if the Rams stick with Allen as the third string QB this offseason or if he is cut in favor of a more promising undrafted free agent.

Returner:

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2017 Season stats:

Player Kickoff Returns Kickoff Return Yards Kickoff Return AVG Kickoff Return TD Punt Returns Punt Return Yards Punt Return AVG Punt Return TD
Pharoh Cooper 34 932 27.41 1 (103 yds) 32 399 12.47 0

 

Pharoh Cooper (3rd year out of South Carolina 4th round 117th overall pick by LA Rams)

Contract Situation: 4-year contract expiring in 2020

2017 Season Awards:

  • Pro-Football Writers 2017 1st team All-Pro
  • Named to the 2018 NFL Pro-Bowl

 

Besides that horrendous performance in his first ever playoff game, Cooper was solid all season. He led the NFL this year in Yards per Kick Return Average (27.41) and Total Kick/Return Yards (932). It has yet to be seen if he can emerge as a receiving threat as well, but for right now he is more than holding his own at the return position.

Kickers:

 2017 Season stats:
Player PAT FG PTS AVG Kickoffs TB Kickoffs OB Kickoffs
Greg Zuerlein 44/46 38/40 158 63.9 73 2
Sam Ficken 4/5 2/3 10 63.9 5 0

 

Greg Zuerlein (7th year out of Missouri Western State 6th round 171st overall pick by LA Rams)

2017 Season Awards:

  • Pro-Football Writers 2017 1st team All-Pro

Contract Situation: 3-year contract expiring in 2020

Greg “The Leg” was on his way to a record-breaking season before being put on IR for a back injury with 2 weeks left before the playoffs. If he can come back from the injury healthy barring any setbacks, he should be solid once again for the Rams.

Sam Ficken (2nd year out of Penn State Undrafted)

Contract Situation: Scheduled to be an EFRA (exclusive rights free-agent)

Ficken did a decent job replacing Zuerlein once he went down. However, if Greg is back and healthy, there’s no way he’s on this team in 2018.

Punter:

2017 Stats:

Player Punts Punt Average Longest Touchbacks Inside 20 Net
Johnny Hecker 65 47.9 70 4 30 44.3

 

Johnny Hekker (7th year our of Oregon State Undrafted)

Contract Situation: 6-year contract expiring in 2023

2017 Season Awards:

  • Pro-Football Writers 2017 1st team All-Pro
  • Named to the 2018 NFL Pro-Bowl

Hekker has been an outstanding punter since he entered the league in 2012. In that time he has been selected to both the Pro-Bowl and voted 1st team All-Pro (Associated Press, Pro Football Writers) four times. The guy is flat out a weapon when it comes to flipping the field position after posting a 46.2% inside the 20 average which was good for 3rd best in the league. It’s safe to say his position with the team is not at all in question.

Long Snapper:

https://twitter.com/JHekker/media?lang=en

Jake McQuaide (7th year out of Ohio State undrafted)

Contract Situation: Scheduled to be a UFA

McQuaide has been a fixture at the position for the Rams since he was signed in 2011. He’s played all 96 games in his career and even received Pro-Bowl honors in 2016. It should be expected that he will be retained as the team’s long snapper.

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