Los Angeles Rams’ fans got to see quarterback Baker Mayfield make his team debut as early as this week.
Sources told NFL Network on Thursday that Mayfield is expected to be active for Thursday night’s game against the Las Vegas Raiders with a real chance of him playing, just days after he was waived by the Carolina Panthers.
Coach Sean McVay answered a series of questions about Mayfield’s availability on Wednesday, saying he would “go for” the former. cleveland browns the starter is active for the game.
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“It’s more about assessing the totality of some of the other layers of the situation,” he said. “I would lean towards him being active. Now whether that means he would play or be available in an emergency setting is something we’re going to continue to work on. Kind of like I said, you’re still trying to give him the right information.” .
Mayfield was acquired by the Panthers in the offseason in a trade with the Browns. He won the starting job but was sidelined with a high ankle sprain early in the season and was eventually benched for Sam Darnold.
He requested to be released Monday after being informed by coach Steve Wilks that he would go back to Danrold with PJ Walker as a backup in this week’s game against the Seattle Seahawks.
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“We felt like we wanted to give him the opportunity to be able to pursue what he and his agent felt would be best for them,” Wilks said Monday. “Again, he’s been nothing but a professional to us. So he wanted to extend that courtesy.”
McVay praised Mayfield’s skills on Wednesday, calling him a “tough competitor.” He added that the Rams feel confident with his decision.
“When you have a player of his caliber available, and you look at the circumstances in the situation surrounding our quarterback room, we felt it was the right move for us. He’s a guy who’s always respected his game (and me). I liked many things that he brings to the table.”
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Matthew Stafford He will likely be out for the rest of the season with a bruised spinal cord, while backup quarterback John Wolford continues to battle a neck injury.