Mannion completed 20 of 34 passes for 169 yards during Sunday's 34-13 loss to San Francisco. With the Rams resting the majority of their regulars on offense, and San Francisco rolling along a four-game winning streak, this was a tough spot for the 25-year-old Quarterback. Additionally, considering it was also Mannion's first career start, the audition should probably be viewed as a mediocre showing. Still, with Jared Goff taking a significant step forward and showing tremendous promise this year, Mannion's fantasy outlook remains bleak heading into the 2018 season.
Mannion will start at quarterback Sunday against the 49ers, Cam Inman of The San Jose Mercury News reports. Rams head coach Sean McVay confirmed Wednesday that he'll rest regular starter Jared Goff for the regular-season finale, but it will be tough for Mannion to find success while running back Todd Gurley, left tackle Andrew Whitworth and center John Sullivan are also held out of the lineup. Further adding to the challenge, McVay probably won't allow Robert Woods, Sammy Watkins and Cooper Kupp (knee) to handle full workloads, assuming they play at all. While it's still a nice audition for the future, Mannion can't be counted on for much useful production this week.
Mannion completed 16 of 29 pass attempts for 214 yards and a touchdown during Saturday's preseason loss to the Chargers. Mannion is battling with Dan Orlovsky for the backup job behind starter Jared Goff. While Mannion was just mediocre Saturday, Orlovsky has only attempted five passes through three preseason games, so the quarterback pecking order is pretty clear. Still, there aren't many fantasy settings where Mannion is worth a roster spot.
Mannion is trending toward handling backup duties to starting quarterback Jared Goff (concussion) on Saturday against the 49ers, Rich Hammond of the Orange County Register reports. On Tuesday, Goff handled a full allotment of reps at practice, after which interim head coach John Fassel stated the rookie has entered the final stage of the concussion protocol. Goff will thus have three days to meet with an independent neurologist and gain clearance for game action. If the preceding occurs, as expected, Goff will assume his typical mantle, while Mannion usurps veteran Case Keenum as the Rams looks toward the future.
Mannion could earn the start Saturday against the 49ers in the event Jared Goff (concussion) is unable to play, Alden Gonzalez of ESPN.com reports. When Goff wasn't deemed ready to serve as the backup QB at the beginning of the season, Mannion was active behind Case Keenum for Weeks 1 and 2. In the interim, Mannion has donned street clothes while Goff worked his way into the lead role, which the latter has handled in each of the last five games. Now with a concussion in tow, Goff's immediate availability is precarious, to say the least. Thus, the Rams will take two things into consideration: due to Keenum's free-agent status in the offseason, the organization wants to see what they have in Mannion, a third-round pick of the 2015 NFL Draft, meaning he may be under center Saturday.
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