Keenum (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's Week 17 tilt versus the Cardinals, Myles A. Simmons of the team's official site reports. The second-year signal-caller will once again take a seat and leave the quarterbacking duties to Jared Goff and Sean Mannion.
Keenum is inactive for Saturday's contest versus the 49ers, Myles Simmons of the Rams' official site reports. With a losing record assured and former head honcho Jeff Fisher out of the picture, there are no illusions remaining for the Rams in their debut season in Los Angeles. Keenum is this expendable on game day with the future in mind, allowing the QB depth chart to be headed be a rookie (Jared Goff) and second-year pro (Sean Mannion).
Keenum completed 5 of 9 passes for 32 yards in Thursday's 24-3 loss to the Seahawks. Keenum made his first appearance since Week 10 in relief of Jared Goff, who exited the game late in the fourth quarter to be evaluated for a concussion. The 28-year-old, who started the first nine games of the season, would presumably suit up against the Rams in Week 16 if Goff was unable to return in time.
Keenum will serve as the Rams' backup quarterback Sunday against the Dolphins, the Los Angeles Times reports. After the Rams moved up to the No. 1 spot in the 2016 NFL Draft and selected Jared Goff, it was only a matter of time before head coach Jeff Fisher put his trust in the rookie quarterback. With a 4-5 record, the team isn't out of the playoff hunt by any means, but clearly Fisher felt that Goff was ready to helm the 31st-ranked offense. The move will thus push Keenum to a backup role following a nine-game stretch in which he posted the fourth-worst QB rating (76.8) among qualified signal-callers.
Keenum completed 17 of 30 passes for 165 yards during Sunday's 9-6 win over the Jets. He also rushed five times for 11 yards. There were reports early Sunday that head coach Jeff Fisher was considering making a quarterback switch, possibly as early as Week 11 against the Dolphins, but Keenum played well enough Sunday to possibly get one more game ahead of rookie Jared Goff. The Rams' offense did little Sunday, as they had three drives make it within 10 yards of the end zone, only to settle for field goals each time. Even if Keenum keeps his starting job, he's a very unreliable option with fairly limited upside.
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